At the time of reunification, the German military boasted a manpower of some 585,000 soldiers.  As part of the German reunification process, under the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany (Two-Plus Four Treaty), which paved the way for reunification, the Bundeswehr was to be reduced to 370,000 personnel, of whom no more than 345,000 were to be in the Army and Air Force. This would be Germany's contribution to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe , and the restrictions would enter into force at the time the CFE treaty would. As a result, the Bundeswehr was significantly reduced, and the former East German Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) was disbanded, with a portion of its personnel and material being absorbed into the Bundeswehr.
April 18th 1916 (Tuesday)
Leave for Pretoria 8-05 am & report at Defence Headquarters, fill in all necessary papers & then proceed to Roberts Heights and arrange an allotment of 15/- per day to be paid to my wife to keep hearth & home going during my absence. Draw 30 UK Pounds (less certain deductions for equipment) as clothing and equipment allowance. The price of Sam Browne belt, revolver holster & lanyard was deducted, but not clothing. I draw 1 pair breeches, 1 British Warm, 1 shirt, & 1 Mackintosh from clothing stores on repayment. Engage native KLEINBOOI as my groom & take him back with me to Johannesburg. Maj Greenwood lunches with me at the Royal Hotel and I catch 6-30 pm train back to J'burg.