Former defense minister and current federal labor minister Franz Josef Jung, who has come under prere as a result of the new Kunduz allegations, gives up his post. Jung announced his resignation in Berlin on Friday "after careful consideration". For several defense ministers, their career as head of the Bundeswehr ended in retirement.
"Ejector seat, snake pit, a bag of mines". For example, Manfred Worner (CDU), defense minister from the 4. October 1982 to 18. May 1988, once designated the post of chief of the Bundeswehr. German President Horst Kohler said that the "work at the top of the Bundeswehr is hard". For several defense ministers, their career as head of the Bundeswehr ended in failure.After the founding of the Bundeswehr in 1955, the first Minister of Defense, Theodor Blank (CDU), throws in the towel after 16 months in office because the build-up of the new German armed forces (target: 500,000 troops) cannot be managed as he would have wished. His successor Franz Josef Straub (CSU) is immediately at the center of a debate on nuclear weapons in Germany. In December 1962, Straub falls over the "Spiegel" affair, the search of the Hamburg news magazine after a critical article about the Bundeswehr: "Conditionally ready to defend himself". Kai-Uwe von Hassel (CDU) comes under fire for downing series of "starfighter" fighter jets. In addition, there is a dispute with the Inspector General and the Inspector of the Air Force. Von Hassel holds out, however, until the formation of the Grand Coalition in December 1966. Gerhard Schroder (CDU) feels at home at Bonn's Hardthohe, but falls seriously ill and has trouble handing over the office to his successor. In October 1969, Helmut Schmidt (SPD) was the first Social Democrat to take up his post at Hardthohe. At the beginning of 1972 he collapses exhausted.
George Leber (SPD), since July 1972 "IBuK", holder of command and command authority, is from the beginning very popular with the troops and is called "Father of the Soldiers. In February 1978, "Schorsch" falls over wiretapping operations by the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD). His successor Hans Apel (SPD) – "What do I care what I said yesterday" – comes under heavy criticism in the affair over the exploding costs for the "Tornado" fighter aircraft, but resists all calls for his resignation. Apel leaves his ministerial post with the social-liberal coalition in October 1982.
Manfred Worner (CDU) offers his resignation to Chancellor Helmut Kohl in early 1984 after the early retirement of General Gunter Kiessling because of alleged homosexuality proves to be groundless. Kohl rejects request for resignation. Worner becomes NATO Secretary General in May 1988. Rupert Scholz (CDU) was considered "hapless" and was the Bundeswehr chief with the shortest tenure until April 1989 after only eleven months in office. Gerhard Stoltenberg (CDU) had to end his term of service because of the delivery of tanks to Turkey despite a resolution of the Bundestag to the contrary in March 1992.
Volker Ruhe (CDU) cleaned up thoroughly at Hardthohe. When he took office in April 1992, he made it clear to the generals that he intended to assert the primacy of politics. Ruhe became the longest serving defense minister and longest serving in NATO. Rudolf Scharping (SPD) made many serious "blunders" and was particularly badly noticed in 2001 when he splashed around in a hotel pool in Majorca with his then partner Kristina Countess Pilati while Bundeswehr soldiers were on deployment in the Balkans. Scharping had to leave on 18. July 2002 to resign – following revelations about fees paid to PR consultant Moritz Hunzinger.
Peter Struck (SPD) had been on leave as defense minister from 19. July 2002 to 22. November 2005 highly regarded by soldiers. He always approached them in an almost "buddy-like" manner and took care of their problems in detail. Struck changed the Bundeswehr more than some of his predecessors. Especially the sentence of Struck became famous: "Our security is defended at the Hindu Kush". With the concept for the restructuring of the armed forces, Struck managed to turn the Bundeswehr into a modern army equipped for foreign missions. Struck's successor Franz Josef Jung, who was appointed on 22. When he took office in November 2005, he was said never to have found the "feeling" for the troupe. Young was 14. Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany and was appointed on 28 February. October of this year with a large Zapfenstreich said goodbye. On the same day, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) took office in Berlin's Bendler Block.The CDU politician had come under prere following revelations about the air strike ordered by a German officer in Afghanistan in early September, according to which there were early indications of civilian casualties. Jung had initially ruled out civilian casualties.