Rundum-Wohlfühl-Erlebnis - Nein.
German soldiers 'drink and complain too much to fight Taleban' - Times Online
They have a beer ration of up to a litre a day, and wurst for dinner. Taleban or no Taleban, Germans take a little bit of home with them when they serve in trouble spots. Even their carefully sorted rubbish gets dumped in wheelie bins before being sent from Afghanistan to Germany for recycling.
In 2007 German forces in Afghanistan consumed about 90,000 bottles of wine in addition to 1.7 million pints of beer; that figure has stayed constant. British and US bases by contrast have an alcohol ban. The diet is heavy on carbohydrates, low on fruit and a higher proportion of soldiers are overweight than in the civilian population of Germany. In short the soldiers are fat, they drink too much and spend a great deal of time moaning.
Now Germany’s most senior officer has berated his troops for going soft. “We cannot guarantee soldiers that they will have an all-round feel-good experience,” said General Wolfgang Schneiderhan. “We have to tell a professional soldier who complains about his third tour of overseas duty that he has to get a grip — this is his profession.”
Almost makes me nostalgic for the good old days, the uniforms are scruffy as well now and the songs they sing are nothing compared to what we used to sing..