The new stamp by German post is dedicated to the Bundeswehr, national armed forces.
For the first time in its history, Germany is now surrounded by friends and partners. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain and the ending of the Cold War, the aspect of national defense is increasingly receded into the background. Since its founding in 1955, the Bundeswehr has undergone a fundamental change in meaning insofar. In security terms, it was for decades a defense force whose mission was solely in the protection of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany. The new range of tasks assigned, however, has strongly shifted abroad.
Because crises and conflicts can occur at any time at short notice and unforeseen, the Bundeswehrshould at any time be in a position and act quickly even over long distances. Germany's security is no longer exclusively defined geographically.
Global operations place new demands on the armed forces: primarily specialists strongly identified with the Bundeswehr are needed. In addition, the armed forces have declined in recent years to currently around 230,000 servicemen and women. Against this background, the Federal Government on 15 December 2010 decided to suspend compulsory military service. In place of military service, a new voluntary military service for up to 23 months is entered.