Included in lesson 23.7 is the word “die Bundeswehr” with the translation “Army”. It appears that another translation for this German word is “Armed Forces”. I have referenced a number of sources for clarification because the meaning of Armed Forces includes not only the army, but also the navy and the airforce.
To confuse the issue even more, there is also the word “die Armee”, which too, apparently translates as both “Army” and “Armed Forces”.
I would appreciate a clarification of these terms so far as newspaper and television usage is concerned. How is one to know whether the term used in a newscast refers to the overall armed forces or simply the specific branch of the army (for example, if a country is recruiting new personnel)?
Thanking you in advance for your explanation.