Army communications chief Michael Bauer did his best on the social media platform Twitter – and defended what actually didn’t need to be defended: a major general who spoke to the media in uniform. Bauer said to one of the underhanded critics: “That is the uniform of the armed forces. I hope you never need to seek the protection or assistance of our soldiers. They would come in exactly these uniforms. “
At this point, the debate on the social media platforms was already in full swing: that the new head of the staff unit for the coordination of all corona measures (GECKO), Major General Rudolf Striedinger, appeared at the press conference with Chancellor Nehammer in the uniform that Has been worn in the troops for two years, apparently displeased numerous army critics.
One Twitter user actually wrote: “Couldn’t the medical profession use imagery that reminds me of the Balkan War?” They find the “elevator extremely inappropriate”. And an employee of a regional edition of a print newspaper said: “Is there no more suitable alternative uniform for leading officers in the armed forces so that one does not have to go to the Chancellery in camouflage?”
The crisis-tested head of communications took the uniform postings calmly, even if something could be read between the lines in Michael Bauer’s answers: “In 2019, then Defense Minister Mario Kunasek handed over the first new camouflage uniforms to soldiers. Since then, the equipment has been gradually equipped with this Unform. And since today even more people know that the armed forces have had new uniforms for two years. “