I talked to an officer in the German Navy the other day. To my surprise, they are suffering from a shortage of skilled non-officer personnel.
It seems that a gap is widening between well-educated people and less educated ones. The well-educated more often than not choose the industry over the military, and the military cannot compete for them in terms of job attractiveness. The less educated ones lack the basic skills needed for even a lower position: IT proficiency and a working knowledge of English.
This is another piece of evidence for an underfunded education system that slowly erodes public and private organizations. There are too many students—many of them with a migration background—who leave school without a degree and without appropriate skills for a work life that already suffers from generations with a low birthrate.
The consequences from lack of funding and of reformation of the education system are among the greatest dangers the German society faces these days.