Since 29. On may 5, a working group in the federal ministry of defense looked into the incidents in the special forces command (KSK) and drew up 60 measures for reforming the unit. The final report is clear: it can’t stay the way it is, and the KSK can’t reform on its own. Early in the report, as the fourth point, it is demanded that "the training sector of the KSK be placed under the command of the infantry training center" becomes. This center has its seat on the hammelburg camp hill. But no one there or in berlin can say exactly what that means. "Now the task is to evaluate the results of the working group and implement the mabnahmen", said a spokesman for the ministry of defense, referring to autumn: at the end of october, a decision will be made on whether and how to continue with the KSK.
The special commando was founded in 1996: in 1994, belgian special units had rescued german citizens during the genocide in rwanda, because the federal republic did not have its own unit for such operations. In june 1995, the federal government decided to set up the KSK, at 20. September 1996 the unit was officially put into service, from april 1997 it was deployed worldwide, among others in the balkans and afghanistan.
According to the report of the working group, the KSK has a target strength of 1700 soldiers and civilian employees. At the garrison site in calw, 40 million euros have been invested in the past five years alone, and a further 225 million euros are already planned, he said. The report therefore states: "the training associated with this infrastructure must therefore continue to be carried out at the calw site and must also be made available to all special forces of the german armed forces for joint use." In other words, the KSK will essentially remain in calw, but will have to open up its training facilities and, conversely, itself practice elsewhere to some extent.
What should change is that the training of the elite unit is completely under the command of the KSK commander. Whose "leadership span" should be reduced so that he can concentrate on the core of the special forces. The report on the inclusion of hammelburg states: "this will allow the expertise of the infantry training center in infantry driver training and the special forces of the navy and the air force to be incorporated into the career training of the commanders." Moreover, it makes the army’s training command competent. This leads "to an overall higher visibility of the training in and for the KSK". In plain language: more eyes should see what is going on at the KSK.
Multiple control mechanisms
Numerous other structural changes at the KSK go in the same direction: applicants for the elite unit will be scrutinized even more closely and selected even more carefully, commando soldiers will also have to serve outside the KSK, and the length of service in certain posts will be limited in time.
Most of these changes were presented to the members of the defense committee on tuesday by defense undersecretary peter tauber. The letter, which is available to the editors, as is the result of the working group, went out a day later as a daily order from defense minister annegret kramp-karrenbauer (CDU) and was even published on the ministry’s website. A rather unusual step, in which the ministry also announced a change for the camp mountain on the sidelines: from "training center infantry made tauber and the minister "infantry school". This term was actually abolished in 2014, but is now apparently to be officially reintroduced.
What the new jurisdiction means for hammelburg, even the three members of parliament from the electoral district were not yet able to estimate exactly yesterday. "This is recognition for hammelburg", CSU member of parliament and digital minister dorothee bar is delighted. In the ministry, the "great training there" is "a great success" was praised. In addition to the navy and air force, the army now also works with the KSK. "This strengthens hammelburg’s central role", says bar. Hammelburg’s responsibility is more like "service supervision", sabine dittmar, a member of the SPD, summed up the discussion with her faction’s defense experts. Manuela rottmann from the grunen points out that each KSK member is first examined individually: "who can stay in the KSK, who at least in the bundeswehr, and who has to leave completely??"