Soldier career regulation

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Basic data
Title: Ordinance on the careers
of soldiers
Short title: Soldier career regulation
Abbreviation: SLV
Type: Federal Ordinance
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Issued on the basis of: Section 27, Section 72 Paragraph 1 No. 2 SG a. F.
Legal matter: Military law
References : 51-1-27
Original version from: March 21, 1958
( BGBl. I p. 148 )
Entry into force on: March 28, 1958
New announcement from: August 19, 2011
( Federal Law Gazette I, p. 1813 )
Last change by: Art. 7 G of 4 August 2019
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1147, 1156 )
Effective date of the
last change:
August 9, 2019
(Art. 34 G of August 4, 2019)
GESTA : H002
Weblink: Text of the SLV
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Ordinance on the Careers of Soldiers ( Soldiers' Career Ordinance - SLV ) is a statutory ordinance of the German Federal Government in which, according to § 27 Paragraph 1, § 93 Paragraph 1 No. 2 SG Regulations on the career paths of soldiers are issued in accordance with the principles of § 27 Paragraphs 2 to 6 SG.


§ 3 SLV differentiates between the career groups of the crews , the NCOs and the officers . The allocation of the career paths to the career groups results from the appendix to § 3 SLV. In the SLV, the respective requirements for hiring, promotion and promotion are regulatedin particular for the individual career groups. The ordinance for federal civil servants corresponding to the SLVis the Federal Careers Ordinance(FSVO).

Section 44 SLV authorizes the Federal Ministry of Defense to issue additional guidelines for recruitment, training and promotion to the minimum and maximum age limits specified in the SLV as well as the minimum requirements for previous education, training, proof of qualification and length of service. One example is the ZDv 20/7 provisions for the promotion and for the recruitment, takeover and admission of soldiers from March 27, 2002. Section 44 SLV does not authorize, however, the initial regulation of career-related remaining periods of service at the level of an administrative regulation . According to § 44 SLV, the authorization to issue is reduced to the specification of maximum age limits and remaining periods of service already specified in the Soldiers' Career Ordinance. Section 44 SLV only allows the Federal Ministry of Defense to set other age limits within the minimum and maximum age limits specified in this ordinance or to go beyond the minimum requirements for the length of service.

The Federal Personnel Committee in the composition for the affairs of the soldiers can, under certain conditions, permit exceptions to individual provisions of the SLV, for example whether ranks, which are to be passed through with a regular career path, may exceptionally be skipped during recruitment or promotion ( Section 27 subs. 4 sentence 3, paragraph 8 SG, § 45 paragraph 1 No. 3 SLV).

General rules

The SLV applies to all professional soldiers , soldiers on time , volunteer military service conscripts , reservists and persons gem. § 59 , § 81 SLV can be used for certain services ( § 1 SLV).

Hiring is the establishment of a military service relationship, promotion is the awarding of a higher rank after certain periods of service. The conversion of the employment relationship of a soldier into the employment relationship of a professional soldier and vice versa is only permitted with the consent of the soldier. A career change is only permitted if the soldier is qualified for the new career (Sections 4 to 6 SLV).

Since the amendment of § 5a Para. 3 No. 4 SLV with the Fourth Ordinance amending the Soldier Career Ordinance of July 18, 2017, parental and care periods are fully counted towards the minimum journey times.

Human resource management

The selection of the applicants for the career of the officers is done by the Federal Office for Personnel Management of the Bundeswehr with assessment , the selection for the careers of the sergeants , the specialist NCOs, the teams and the voluntary military service at the career centers of the Bundeswehr .

In connection with the realignment of the Bundeswehr , Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen issued the order of the day to "turn around personnel" on May 10, 2016 . For the first time since the end of the Cold War , this means an increase in personnel in the armed forces. To implement the strategy, the Federal Ministry of Defense is preparing a law to sustainably strengthen the Bundeswehr's operational readiness , which should also include a liberalization of the current career regulations.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ordinance on the career paths of soldiers (Soldiers' Career Ordinance - SLV). Annex (to § 3): Allocation of the career paths of the soldiers to the career groups of the men and women, the NCOs and the officers
  2. ZDv 20/7 “Regulations for the transport and for the recruitment, takeover and admission of soldiers” ( Memento of October 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 781 kB) New print June 2013
  3. cf. BVerwG - Decision of September 26, 2013 - 1 WB 49.12 DRsp No. 2013/23691
  4. BVerwG, decision of March 28, 2018 - 1 WB 8.17 marginal no. 26th
  5. BGBl. I p. 2654
  6. cf. VG Sigmaringen, judgment of February 20, 2018 - 7 K 6063/16
  7. Finally: Childcare is fully credited towards minimum travel times Website of the German Armed Forces Association , May 30, 2018
  8. Federal Office for Personnel Management of the Bundeswehr: Information on principles, procedures and instruments of the Bundeswehr internal labor market (BiAMBw) . As of July 26, 2016
  9. Von der Leyen sets the course for a trend reversal Personnel website of the Federal Ministry of Defense , May 10, 2016
  10. Christian Dewitz: Minister opens the door for the "functional Bundeswehr" (1) bundeswehr-journal , May 11, 2016
  11. ^ Opinion of the Federal Ministry of Defense on the 2017 annual report of the Defense Commissioner of the German Bundestag (BT-Drs. 19/700), August 15, 2018, p. 18 f.
  12. cf. also German Federal Armed Forces Association: Resolutions with association and organizational issues, III / 12 Service and career law 20th Annual General Meeting from November 13 to 17, 2017, pp. 20 f.