Officers' Home Society

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An officers' home society ( OHG ; corresponding to Unteroffizierheimgesellschaft ( UHG )) is an association ("home society ") in the legal form of a registered association (eV ) in the German armed forces . The purpose of the association is primarily to "maintain camaraderie", "look after the soldiers" and "hold cultural and social events". The activities of the association and the operation of the care facility, called officers' quarters , officers' mess or (in the case of the German Navy) officers' mess, has to be in accordance with the central regulation A1-1920 / 0-6001-1 and the central directive A2-1920 / 0-600-1 (formerly ZDv 60/2). The barracks commander or the site elder is usually named as the supervisor . The Federal Armed Forces Catering Office is responsible for technical supervision. An officers' home is open to all members of the association, their family members and guests as well as all those entitled to the home in accordance with the home regulations.

The officers' quarters are mostly club houses with catering operations. Since the employer (the Federal Republic of Germany) provides the premises (either old or new buildings, depending on the age and structure of the barracks) and the majority of the staff consists of soldiers, the catering business can offer very reasonable prices. Part of the income is transferred to the care fund, from which care measures for the soldiers are financed. The home companies have to break even, but are not profit-oriented.

With the support of the OHG, the employer fulfills his duty of care . For many soldiers who are stationed a long way from home and because work on weekends was and is the rule rather than the exception, these homes are one of the few ways to “feel at home”, especially not in the officers' quarters Ranks apply, but camaraderie is in the foreground.

It should be noted that the separation between the individual rank groups ( officers , non-commissioned officers and men ) was intentional and took into account the peculiarities of these groups. It offers the different career groups the opportunity to be among themselves. It promotes camaraderie within the groups, promotes cohesion and contributes to the corporate identity . There are comparable facilities ("home operations") for team ranks. These team dormitories, also known as the “canteen”, are leased to third parties by the Federal Armed Forces. a. Opening times and product range as well as economic principles.

In the meantime, so-called "trio buildings" are being erected in new buildings, in which the rank groups are looked after together.

Individual evidence

  1. Example of an OHG home charter (pdf)
  2. ZDv 60/2)