Germany's new defence minister pledges more family-friendly military as it seeks recruits

January 12, 2014 1:04 PM

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BERLIN - Germany's new defence minister is pledging to make the country's military more attractive for people with young families as the all-professional force seeks recruits.

Ursula von der Leyen, a mother of seven, became Germany's first female defence minister last month — inheriting an ongoing military overhaul after Germany abandoned conscription in 2011.

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