Field Post Officer
A field post officer is a soldier who is obliged to observe postal secrecy and who ensures the supply of mail to units in action in the military . The term " civil servant " is no longer correct (soldiers are equated with federal civil servant law, but not civil servants per se ).
Army postal service officers
Due to the increasing number of Bundeswehr deployments , it was quickly recognized that the mail supply to soldiers deployed abroad was not adequately ensured by local means. The method of supplying field post , which was successfully tested during maneuvers, was also extended to other countries.
Specially trained reservists of the Bundeswehr , who have to be postal workers in the civilian profession, provide postal services abroad as part of a military exercise . They are trained or prepared for deployment in the field post control center in Darmstadt (Hesse).
The reservists are assigned to a logistics battalion for the duration of the deployment abroad . The current strength of the field post force is around 500 reservists, who are exchanged with the respective contingents every six months.
As of October 29, 2006, the Bundeswehr field post offices were set up for operations in Kosovo , Bosnia , Uzbekistan , DR Congo , Gabon and Afghanistan . The UNIFIL mission was currently not supplied by the field post.
In January 2011 there was a report: "Soldiers complain about open field post" (Spiegel). The matter was investigated and incidents were officially confirmed. “Basically only German soldiers are involved in the chain up to Germany; Mail is only transported by an Afghan company from the "OP North" outpost, ”it was stated. There was criticism regarding the delay in the matter and criminal charges were filed (Spiegel).
- Spiegel January 18, 2011 (accessed January 29, 2011)
- Spiegel January 24, 2011 (accessed January 29, 2011)
- Harry Horstmann, The Soldier: In Language and Tradition , Chapter 268. “How did the field post come about?” 2010, page 725, ISBN 978-3-8391-8603-9
- Army Ordinance sheet for the Austro-Hungarian Army: Normal Ordinances, Volume 3 (Field Post) Page 78 (  Online)
- Bundeswehr, official report: The field post - letters from Afghanistan , Mazar-e-Sharif, September 3, 2007
- Private webpage on historical and current stamps, stamps etc.