- Jun 2014
The U.S. has 34,600 boots on the ground in Germany and 12,000 boots on the ground in Italy. And still another approximately 13,000 throughout the rest of Europe. Don't you think that 1,138 pales in comparison? I understand these troops are paid by their respective nations. That is why it was agreed upon in 2014 that each nation (earnestly I assume) would spend 2% of their GDP on military expenditures. So they have troops and equipment to offer. If a nation isn't, then they probably are contributing 18 soldiers to a mission. With all due respect, that isn't going to make much of a difference if things escalate. And you can quote in regard to the Latvian Battle Group, but as I mentioned, Baltic nations and Poland are requesting troops from the U.S. to be stationed there. It seems as if more is better and they aren't asking NATO. I wonder why?Roger, let's look at the figures. Number of "boots on the ground".
For example, the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia (from Composition of NATO battlegroup in Latvia laid out and NATO enhanced Forward Presence - Joint Forces News
). It isn't about 0.5 or 50%, nor "fair share", nor " my tax money", but actual troops sent into a sensitive zone. Actual contribution of NATO members:
- 1,138 soldiers, under Canadian command
- 450 Canadian
- 300 Spanish
- 160 Italian
- 160 Polish
- 50 Slovenian
- 18 Albanian
The Estonian battlegroup, under British command, is to be formed by UK, Danish, and Islandi troops, the Lituanian Battlegroup, under German command, is to be formed by German, Czech, Islander, French, Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian troops, the Polish Battlegroup, under US command, is to be formed by Croatian, Romanian and British troops.
If You want, I can dig up for precise figures on that and other NATO missions in the Baltic region.
As it was pointed out, those troops aren't paid by NATO, but by each nation.
Meaning that on actual response to a tensioned situation in Europe, it's the European members of NATO putting "boots in the ground".
If You look at the numbers, actually, there's not that much "Your tax money" there. But there's a lot of European tax money.