Officers' mess

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As the officers' mess , the German military jargon without joint-s also the officers' mess , the officers' clubs or be Offiziersmessen the military designated where the dining and recreation facilities are operated senior staff. In addition to the rooms for the officers' corps, there are NCOs or NCOs' fairs, which are sometimes referred to as the NCOs ' mess .


The officers 'mess or officers' hostel is a care facility to which, apart from the staff, only officers and comparable state employees and guests have access.

The fair is originally the dining room on ships, while the casino is a good canteen in the Italian tradition. Due to the British tradition of the officers' club, the two terms of dining room and lounge coincide in German.

In addition to a canteen , the officers' quarters usually have reading or TV rooms . Accommodation or guest rooms are sometimes also available at large locations.

The orderlies (waitresses) are usually provided by soldiers , the cleaning of the kitchen is occasionally entrusted to civilian employees. Depending on the size of the officer corps, full-time (civil) managers and / or cooks are also employed.

Since access is basically restricted to the “authorized group of people”, civil events or lectures are often exceptions. Civil / military celebrations, weddings, farewells or balls are also frequent events.


Officers' quarters at Liliencron barracks in Kellinghusen 2003.

In the Bundeswehr these facilities are known as officers' homes (without Fugen-S ), in the GDR the Fugen-S was used. Colloquially they are often (incorrectly) called by soldiers after the OHG ( officers' home society ). An officer's home is open to all members of the respective OHG, their family members and guests as well as all those entitled to the home in accordance with the statutes and home regulations. These are basically active and retired officers and comparable civil servants and employees of the Bundeswehr, comparable civil servants and employees of federal, state and local authorities as well as officers of friendly armed forces.

Home operations must be carried out in accordance with the central ruling B2-1920 / 0-0-6 (formerly ZDv 60/2). Similar facilities are also available for the career groups of NCOs ( Unteroffizierheim / Unteroffizierheimgesellschaft UHG) and the teams ( team home ) , here often operated by a tenant. There are also soldiers' homes .

The prices for food and drinks are usually cheap, as the officers of a location combine to form a civil law association for the purpose of management without the intention of making a profit and civilian staff is only employed in larger homes. In some officers' dormitories, membership fees are waived.

For operational and economic reasons, officers' homes and NCOs are increasingly being merged into a common home operation or at least operated with a common kitchen.

In the German Navy , facilities with the same function are called officers' mess.

Other states

Charles I (Austria-Hungary) on a visit to the officers' mess in
Hermagor (1917)

In the British and Dutch armed forces , these are also known as fair . The soldiers who work there in service are called pantries .

In the Austrian armed forces , the waiters are known as orderlies . As a rule, they are recruits or private soldiers who do 6 months of military service. The officers, NCOs, batches and recruits each have separate rooms. For the officers and guests can visit the officers 'mess, also called "Casino" for non-commissioned officers, the sergeant Fair, also abbreviated exhibition called, and for the recruits and batches, there is the Soldiers' Home, colloquially "Sold Home".

In the French armed forces , the officers 'mess are normally connected to the NCOs' care facilities in a "cercle mixte".

Web links

Commons : Officers messes  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Officers' casino, das. In: Duden , accessed on December 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Officers mess , the. In: Duden , accessed on December 31, 2012.
  3. ^ The management of homes and rooms for officers and NCOs by home societies. BMVg, July 26, 1982, accessed on June 20, 2018 .
  4. Example: Waldcasino Daun
  5. René Erler: Example: Casino Celle. Retrieved November 18, 2019 .