Headquarters of the armed forces

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Management staff of the armed forces in the Federal Ministry of Defense
- Fü S -

Internal association badge (also as a chest tag for soldiers) of the Fü S.
State level Federation
position Dept. BMVg
founding 1955
resolution 2012
Headquarters Bonn , North Rhine-Westphalia
Authority management Major General Peter Bohrer , Chief of Staff Command Staff of the Armed Forces
Web presence www.bmvg.de/…
General Naumann with chest pendants feet and sleeve patches.

The command staff of the armed forces ( Fü S ; until 1967 command staff of the Bundeswehr - FüB ) was the working staff of the inspector general of the Bundeswehr in the Federal Ministry of Defense and one of the five command staffs in the military management area of ​​the Bundeswehr . He developed the overall planning of military defense, conceived the basics of military policy, steered the deployment planning and command of the Bundeswehr and worked out the principles for command, education and training of soldiers.

With the realignment of the Bundeswehr , the Fü S , the command staff of the army (Fü H), the command staff of the air force (Fü L), the command staff of the navy (Fü M) and the command staff of the medical service (Fü San) were dissolved and became the new ones organizational areas command the army , command Air Force and Navy command reclassified. The following departments were formed from the shares remaining in the BMVg:

  • Planning department
  • Armed Forces Leadership Department
  • Strategy and Commitment Department


After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Potsdam Agreement prohibited independent German armed forces and a general staff . During the rearmament on May 5, 1955, the term General Staff was no longer used in the newly created Bundeswehr . Nevertheless, the tasks of a general staff also exist in the Bundeswehr. The highest command authority became the command staff of the armed forces.

In the period up to 1990, Germany had to completely delegate the operational management of its forces in the event of war to NATO , which was partly subordinate to purely German headquarters such as the Fleet Command or the German Army Corps ( I. , II. And III. Corps ). The other, non-operational tasks of a general staff were performed in the FüS and in the command staffs of the armed forces. The national issues in today's foreign missions are generally managed by the command and control of the Bundeswehr .


In addition to the tasks to be performed by the General Inspector of the Bundeswehr, the Fü S handled troop service and organizational area-specific matters relating to the armed forces base, in this respect the Fü S was also the military command authority.


The command staff of the armed forces was divided into 7 staff departments with a total of 42 units.

  • Staff department Fü SI (internal management, personnel, training, deputy of the staff department head)
    • Department of Basic Personnel Requirements
    • Fundamentals of personnel planning, personnel situation and junior generation of soldiers and civilian personnel of the armed forces, reservist matters
    • Internal and social situation of the armed forces
    • Department of Inner Leadership
    • Fundamental issues unit for armed forces training
  • Staff department Fü S II (military intelligence of the Bundeswehr)
    • Department of Fundamental Matters and Conception of Military Intelligence
    • Strategic Reconnaissance Unit; Security officer for telecommunications, electronic and special reconnaissance; Officer of the Air Force Inspector for Military Intelligence
    • National Risk Assessment Unit; Situation of other states; Commissioner of the Army Inspector for Military Intelligence
    • Military Security Unit of the Bundeswehr; Commissioner of the Navy Inspector for Military Intelligence
    • Foreign Military Attaché Affairs Division; Situation of other states
    • Geoinformation department of the Bundeswehr; Navigation in the Bundeswehr
  • Staff department Fü S III (military policy and arms control)
    • Department of Military Policy Basics; Bilateral relations
    • Department of Military Strategic Basics; Franco-German Working Group on Military Cooperation; StudiesFA 01
    • NATO Unit; Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC); Fundamental questions of military-political interest representation in these organizations; Partnership for peace
    • European Union Unit; Western European Union; Fundamental questions of military-political interest representation in these organizations; European Commissioner of the Ministry of Defense
    • Arms Control Unit; Disarmament; Non-proliferation
    • Department of military policy basics for missions and exercises
  • Staff department Fü S IV (logistics of the Bundeswehr, NBC defense and protective tasks)
    • Department of Fundamental Logistics Issues for the Bundeswehr; Logistic management of the Bundeswehr; International logistic cooperation
    • Materials management department of the Bundeswehr
    • Unit NBC defense and protection tasks of the Bundeswehr; Military training areas and on-site training facilities
    • Department of Mobility and Transport Logistics for the Bundeswehr
    • Federal Armed Forces Planning Unit Armed Forces Base; Armament and use of the armed forces base; Authorized representative IAGFA
  • Staff department Fü S VI (planning)
    • Department of fundamental matters and controlling Bundeswehr planning, process responsibility for main process Bundeswehr planning, BRH matters Fü S / SKB;
    • Department of Conception of the Bundeswehr, Transformation, CD&E;
    • Ability Analysis Unit;
    • Bundeswehr Plan Department;
    • Contribution to the budget and financial planning of the armed forces / armed forces base; Coordinating Manager of the Armed Forces
    • Multinational Force Planning, Capability Development, Interoperability / Standardization Unit;
    • Principle / Further Development Unit for Armed Forces Base
  • Staff department Fü S VII (organization, stationing, infrastructure, management support)
    • Department of Fundamental Matters of the Military Organization; Business and correspondence in the armed forces; Service regulations and standardization agreements
    • Force Base Organization Unit
    • Coordination of the stationing of the Bundeswehr and the use of the property; Deployment of the armed forces base; Investigation group location and property optimization
    • Department of Fundamental Matters of Armed Forces Infrastructure; Infrastructure needs and planning of the armed forces
    • Management support unit


The General Inspector of the Bundeswehr presided over the command staff . The inspector general with the rank of general was supported in his work by the management staff, which was directly assigned to him as ministerial staff and whose work was coordinated by a chief of staff.

For the Bundeswehr planning assigned to the Inspector General, he had the right to issue instructions to the inspectors of the armed forces ( army , navy , air force ) and the organizational areas of the armed forces base and medical service .

On June 1, 2003 the command staff of the armed forces and the command staff of the armed forces base (Fü SKB) were merged. Since then, two permanent representatives of the Inspector General have performed on the Armed Forces headquarters. The deputy of the inspector general of the Bundeswehr and inspector of the armed forces base leads the organizational area of ​​the armed forces subordinate to him . He also represents the Inspector General when it comes to commanding the armed forces. He is responsible for the Legal Adviser Unit and the Bundeswehr Universities Unit .

The Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr was the permanent representative of the Inspector General and was responsible for the specialist ministerial tasks in the command staff of the armed forces. These are in particular the areas of deployment, military policy and arms control. Three departments for central affairs, personnel affairs and controlling were directly assigned to the head of staff.

Association badge

Association badge of the military component

The black / golden knurled Badge, the only of the military staff of the Armed forces Army of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces was worn on the left sleeve of the service suit, showed the federal coat of arms with eagle depiction of the Federal Republic of Germany on the colors of the German flag . The gold-black cord indicates the position as a command authority above the divisions. The association badge was also worn by the military personnel of the other management staff in the BMVg and in the other organizational areas of the BMVg.

List of chiefs of staff

The chief of staff has the rank of major general or rear admiral .

LNr. Rank name Term of office
Beginning The End
25th Major General Peter Bohrer July 1, 2010 March 31, 2012
24 Rear Admiral Manfred Nielson February 21, 2008 July 1, 2010
23 Major General Manfred Engelhardt April 20, 2006 February 20, 2008
22nd Rear Admiral Wolfram Kühn February 12, 2004 April 20, 2006
21st Major General Egon Ramms October 1, 2000 February 12, 2004
20th Rear Admiral Jörg Auer October 1, 1999 September 30, 2000
19th Major General Hartmut Moede October 1, 1997 September 30, 1999
18th Major General Benno Ertmann December 16, 1994 September 29, 1997
17th Rear Admiral Hans Frank April 1, 1992 December 15, 1994
16 Major General Peter Haarhaus October 1, 1989 March 31, 1992
15th Major General Dr. Jürgen Schnell 1st October 1987 September 30, 1989
14th Major General Siegfried Storbeck October 1, 1986 September 30, 1987
13 Rear Admiral Klaus Rehder April 1, 1983 September 30, 1986
12 Rear Admiral Rudolf Arendt April 1, 1980 March 31, 1983
11 Rear Admiral Helmut Kampe January 10, 1977 March 31, 1980
10 Major General Lothar Domröse 1st October 1975 January 9, 1977
9 Major General Ernst-Dieter Bernhard April 1, 1973 September 30, 1975
8th Major General Harald Wust May 1, 1971 March 31, 1974
7th Major General Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven April 1, 1971 April 30, 1971
6th Rear Admiral Günter Reeder 1st October 1968 March 31, 1971
5 Rear Admiral Albrecht Obermaier April 1, 1967 September 30, 1968
4th Major General Herbert Büchs July 1, 1964 March 31, 1967
3 Major General Gustav-Adolf Kuntzen October 1, 1962 June 30, 1964
2 Major General Albert Schnez April 1, 1960 September 30, 1962
1 Major General Werner Panitzki January 10, 1958 March 31, 1960

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Helmut R. Hammerich : "Always on the enemy!" - The Military Counter-Intelligence Service (MAD) 1956–1990 . 1st edition. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , Göttingen 2019, ISBN 978-3-525-36392-8 , pp. 129 .