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Gov’t Decides to Shorten German Military Service by Three Months

August 24, 1990

BONN, West Germany (AP) _ The federal government on Thursday decided to shorten compulsory military service from 15 months to 12.

The new regulation is to take effect Oct. 1, two days before German unification.

There has been intense pressure for such a move, with many politicians saying defense expenditures should be cut to help finance the costs of unifying with East Germany.

Parliament still has to approve the decision, but it will likely pass with ease.

Military service is compulsory in West Germany starting at age 18.

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