The Militarization in the FRG continues to advance. This can be seen not only in the 100 billion special assets for the Bundeswehr or in the recently adopted federal financial budget, where pretty much everything is saved, except the military but also in the restructuring and reorganization of the Bundeswehr and its soldiers. The so-called reservists also play a not insignificant role in this. Thus, shortly after the war of aggression of Russian imperialism on Ukraine, it was decided to establish new homeland protection regiments, which are mainly composed of reservists.

Reservist units in the Bundeswehr consist largely of former soldiers who have served their time in conscription or as professional soldiers, but also of so-called "unserved forces", i.e. men and women who have not previously undergone military training in the Bundeswehr. What they have in common is that they are mainly people who pursue normal professions in their everyday lives and who volunteer for the Bundeswehr. This means that they are not active, barracked professional soldiers, but are only called up when the Bundeswehr has a mission for them. In the FRG there are currently about 31,500 active reservists who are integrated into the reservist units of the Bundeswehr.


In North Rhine-Westphalia, the formation of a so-called Homeland Security Regiment has started this year. This homeland protection regiment is based in Münster and has three companies in NRW subordinate to it in Düsseldorf, Unna and Ahlen. The Bundeswehr is now looking for new volunteers for this regiment. So far 500 reservists are part of the regiment, but this number is expected to grow to 1000 volunteers in the coming years, according to a WDR report.


The homeland protection regiment is to take over first of all tasks in Germany itself. Brigadier General Dieter Meyerhoff, who is in charge of building up the "Homeland Protection Regiment 2" in North Rhine-Westphalia, describes the tasks as follows : "As a core task, Meyerhoff described on Wednesday in the case of the "safeguarding of infrastructure important for defense" - so ports, bridges or railroad facilities. In addition, there is the "surveillance of areas" and support when NATO forces are transported through Germany." And even apart from these tasks, assistance activities in the context of disasters such as floods and the Corona pandemic are also mentioned in the same breath with it.


If these plans come true, it means that in NRW alone, 1000 volunteer soldiers can be deployed under the command of the Bundeswehr in the interior of Germany in the coming years. The fact that these are reservists who are otherwise master craftsmen or office workers does not change the fact that these tasks are military missions. When these military missions can occur is kept vague. The brigadier general speaks of the "case of the cases" which leads to that ports, bridges and railroad facilities being "secured". There is also talk of a diffuse "surveillance of areas". Although there are formal legal regulations governing the deployment of the Bundeswehr in the interior, it is probably not a mistake on the part of the brigadier general to keep the deployment possibilities of his reservists open in this way, but is part of the strategy of how German imperialism pushes forward its militarization. Even in the presentation of the recently adopted national security strategy by former Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, the deployment of the German military in its own country is being pushed further. In this security strategy of German imperialism, which encompasses all areas of society, Lambrecht made it clear at the time that the Bundeswehr would also play a greater role in internal security in the future. There are enough examples from the past, not least some might remember the reconnaissance flight of Bundeswehr fighter-bombers against a demonstration camp for the G8 summit in Rostock. A "surveillance of spaces" and securing of harbors, bridges and railroad facilities by armed reservists could also occur in the " case of the cases", if like in France in the last days, larger parts of the masses go also in Germany against racist police murders on the streets and paralyze thereby railroad stations and bridges. That this could not only be future operations against protesters and rebellious parts of the people is also shown by the fact that now already regularly NATO troop deployments are carried out through NRW and other federal states, which are also shall be secured by the new homeland protection regiment.


This militarization strategy can thus also be found in the so-called "White Paper of the Bundeswehr", which was published in 2016 by the Federal Ministry of Defense and the then Federal Government. The "White Paper" is a kind of strategic guiding document that is supposed to describe the Bundeswehr and its future role. It states, among other things, on the role of reservists "Reservists not only make a valuable contribution across the entire mission spectrum of the Bundeswehr at home and abroad. Their sustained commitment is also a symbol of the force's firm anchoring in society."


The reservists should therefore not only be used to take on all possible tasks " in the entire mission spectrum of the Bundeswehr", but also be able to advance a further normalization of armed missions in society. That can happen among other things by the fact that neighbors and work colleagues which are formally no active professional soldiers, secure uniformed and equipped with war weapons, during the week tank transports of the NATO on the roads of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The seriousness of the preparations for the military mission can also be seen in Brigadier General Meyerhoff's explanation of why it has now become necessary to combine the three existing home protection companies into one regiment; "each company on its own is not really operational," "In the end, they have no supplies of their own, no field kitchen, no means of transportation. So there's a need for permanent support." That happens, he said, by being attached to the regiment. "So we have an extra capability here in North Rhine-Westphalia." With the formation of the regiment, therefore, the logistical foundations are being laid to ensure that these reservists in the future can be constantly supplied and permanently mobile in the field. This development is currently also taking place in other German federal states; in addition to the homeland security regiments established in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, four more regional regiments are to be established in Berlin, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lower Saxony by 2027, as well as a central training base for homeland protection.