The relevant legal basis for the career groups of soldiers is the Soldiers' Career Ordinance (SLV). Accordingly, there are three career groups:
Every career in the Bundeswehr is assigned to a career group. (SLV) The allocation results from Appendix 3 (to § 3) of the SLV. The career group of the teams comprises six careers, that of the NCOs 16 (divided into six careers of the specialist NCOs and ten careers of the sergeants) and that of the officers ten careers. There are a total of 32 careers, 16 of which are reserve careers. For the sake of clarity, these are left out in the following three sections.
The career group of the teams comprises the following careers:
- Career of troop service teams ,
- Careers of the medical service teams ,
- Career of military music service teams ,
- Career of the NCOs of the general technical service ,
- Career of the medical service NCOs,
- Career of the NCOs of the military music service.
- Career of sergeant in service,
- Career of sergeants in the medical service,
- Career of sergeants of the military music service,
- Career of sergeants of the geoinformation service of the armed forces ,
- Career of sergeants in general specialist service.
The officer career group comprises the following careers:
- Career of military service officers,
- Career of medical officers,
- Career of military music officers,
- Career of officers of the geoinformation service of the Bundeswehr,
- Career of officers in the military technical service .
There is a reserve career path for each of the three career groups listed above.
- Simple service (entrance office of grade A 3 or A 4)
- Intermediate service (entrance office of grade A 6 (non-technical service, in the technical service and in the customs service also A 7)
- Senior service (entrance office of grade A 9)
- Senior service (entrance office of grade A 13)
The following careers, which require related training, can be set up in the career groups:
- Non-technical administrative service ,
- Technical administration service ,
- linguistic and cultural studies service ,
- scientific service ,
- agricultural, forestry and nutritional science as well as veterinary service ,
- medical and health science service ,
- sports science service ,
- art history service .
In addition, the federal government still has special careers for the foreign service , the police enforcement service ( Federal Police ), the criminal investigation service ( Federal Criminal Police Office ) and the banking service ( Deutsche Bundesbank ). The careers of civil servants at the federal railway assets and civil servants at the post office successor companies are ending .
- In the simple service category:
- simple non-technical service
- simple technical service
- Career of the plant supervisor ( expiring )
- simple non-technical mail management service ( discontinued )
- simple technical mail management service ( expiring )
- In the middle service career group:
- middle non-technical service
- medium technical service
- intermediate linguistic and cultural studies service
- middle scientific service (middle weather service of the federal government)
- medium agricultural, forestry and nutritional science service
- middle foreign service
- middle law enforcement service
- medium banking service
- Career of Federal Railway Secretaries ( expiring )
- Train driver career (to be discontinued )
- Career for foremen (to be discontinued )
- medium non-technical postal management service ( discontinued )
- medium technical mail management service ( expiring )
- In the senior service career group:
- superior non-technical administrative service
- advanced technical administration service
- upscale linguistic and cultural studies service
- upscale scientific service (upscale weather service of the federal government).
- upscale agricultural, forestry and nutritional science service
- superior foreign service
- upscale law enforcement service
- upscale criminal service
- upscale banking service
- Career of Federal Railway Inspectors ( expiring )
- Career of the technical federal railway inspectors ( expiring )
- upscale non-technical mail management service ( discontinued )
- upscale technical mail management service ( discontinued )
- In the higher service career group:
- higher non-technical administrative service
- higher technical administrative service
- higher linguistic and cultural studies service
- higher scientific service
- higher agricultural, forestry and nutritional science as well as veterinary service
- higher medical and health science service
- higher sports science service
- higher art history service
- higher foreign service
- higher law enforcement service
- higher criminal service
- higher banking service
- Senior General Administrative Service Career ( Expiring )
- Career in higher civil engineering administration ( expiring )
- higher non-technical postal administration service ( expiring )
- higher technical postal administration service ( expiring )
With the new version of the FSVO, nine career paths per career group (plus the two special career paths: 11) could initially be set up. With the version of the FSVO of January 27, 2017, the career of the agricultural, forestry and nutritional science service was merged with the veterinary service.
Which offices belong to the careers of the career groups in the sense of status law is based on Appendix 1 (to Section 9 (1)) FSVO. Accordingly, posts in grades A 2 to A 6 belong to the career group of simple service, grades A 6 to A 9 belong to middle service, grades A 9 to A 13 belong to higher service and grades A 13 to A 16 belong to higher service and all offices of pay regulation B . The offices of the grades A 6, A 9 and A 13 are so-called interlocking offices , because these are assigned to two career groups.
According to Annexes 1–3 (to Section 34) and Annex 5 (to Section 2, Paragraph 4) of the Federal career regulation in the version published on July 2, 2002 ( Federal Law Gazette 2002 I p. 2954, 2671 ), most recently amended by Article 15 Paragraph 28 of the law of February 5, 2009 ( Federal Law Gazette 2009 I p. 160 ) was changed, there were significantly more careers. These have expired since the new version of the FSVO in 2009. Annex 4 (to Section 51, Paragraph 1) of the current version of the FSVO contains an overview of which careers correspond to today's careers.
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- Bernt Lemhöfer, Sabine Leppek: The career right of federal civil servants - commentary on the federal career regulation . 43rd edition. CH Beck, Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3-8073-0291-1 .