They’ve still got those poplar trees so that they can march in the shade, haven’t they?
“Anyone who, for example, uses the option of a three- or four-day week while raising a family must still have career prospects,” she told Bild.
Among the reforms, she said she was also considering a system whereby overtime could be saved up and then used for looking after small children or elderly parents.
She also wants to study the army’s system of transferring soldiers every two to three years, she said. “A career in the armed forces must not mean as a rule: always on duty and every few years a move,” Mrs von der Leyen said.
And she added that widening childcare provision would be one of the first measures looked at.
“We need a flexible system of childcare across the armed forces,” she said, calling for the provision of out-of-hours care, before or after the normal working day, beyond that offered by barrack nurseries.
I’m not entirely sure she’s quite grasped what an Army does as yet….