The '''Bundeswehr''' (roughly "Federal Defence") is the name of the AGS military. It consists of the three branches ''Heer'' (Army), ''Luftwaffe'' (Air Force) and ''Marine'' (Navy). It also controls Elite Forces's elite forces ''Kommando Spezialkräfte'' ("Special Forces Command"), or KSK; HAZARD teams, which respond to Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Nanotechology (CBRNN) incidents; and ''Fernspähtruppe'' (“Long-Range Reconnaissance Unit”) teams.
According to the disarmament treaties of 2041 the Bundeswehr is a pure defense force limited to a strength of 250,000 soldiers.
The Bundeswehr used to be a conscript army with a compulsory 12 months military service time for every citizen, male and female. This was changed in 2060 and transformation into an all-volunteer military started.
The Bundeswehr is well-trained and -equipped, cyberware is common among officers.
*Deutschland in den Schatten II, 292
*Fronteinsatz (War!, German translation)
I Put up some IRL Yakuza stats on my userpage.. dunno if it fits here or i should Sixth-Worldify it some.. UserLegionX 1013, 9 Feb 2005 (Eastern Standard Time)
I was putting off on posting it here, mostly because the source is out-of-date by RL standards. I think something like the data complied by the http//www1m.mesh.ne.jp/BOUTSUI/english/e-index.htm National Center for the Elimination of Boryokudan would probably be more suitable. However, considering SR is 60 years into our future, membership numbers would've waned and waxed (the Yakuza, like the Mafia in their home country, almost disappeared when the fascists came to power, and even today, fights between Yakuza and the Japanese right-wing extremists are not uncommon) as well as the types of crimes they engage in. In order to Sixth-Worldify it, I'd remove the membership numbers and keep it to percentages, at least for now. The Yakuza's prostitution numbers would be up, because of the Philippines, and I'm not sure if they'd have as large a hand in corporate racketeering (sokaiya) since they've got a big hold already.
I'm not sure I'll need to think more on it and confer with some of the Japanese SRML members --UserYoungFreud 1327, 16 Feb 2005 (Eastern Standard Time)
The point of having the information imo is to give shadowrun fans a picture of what the yakuza actually do other than drive around on Yamaha Rapiers flashing Katanas. The numbers might be off, but no real world numbers on crime would really be of any use in shadowrun anyway --UserLegionX 1451, 27 Feb 2005 (Eastern Standard Time)