Force Base

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Force Base

Armed Forces Base logo
Lineup October 1, 2000
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces emblem armed forces
Type Military organizational area
structure Wappen Kommando armed forces base.svg Command Force Base
Strength Active soldiers:
27,774 (June 2020) of
which women: 2,911

Assigned reservists: k. A.

march March of the Armed Forces Base (Gerhard Fetzer, 2000)
Force Base Inspector Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis
Deputy Inspector of the Armed Forces Base Lieutenant General Jürgen Weigt

The Armed Forces Base ( SKB ) was set up in October 2000 as an independent military organizational area of the Bundeswehr ; however, it is not a separate armed force . It presents itself as a joint service facility of the Bundeswehr and bundles tasks that were previously performed by the armed forces ( army , air force and navy ) on their own responsibility or in the central military offices .


The tasks and competencies of the armed forces base are:

  • Detection and detection of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons and decontamination
  • Military security and traffic service, securing events of the Bundeswehr, investigative support for disciplinary superiors, space and property protection
  • Supply of soldiers on missions abroad with field post
  • Support for allied or friendly armed forces during their stay in Germany
  • Development and implementation of concepts and strategies in the field of communication and information work
  • theoretical and practical training for Bundeswehr drivers
  • logistical support for the other organizational areas of the Bundeswehr
  • protocol honorary service and military music service
  • Planning and operational management of multinational operations
  • Relocation of large units, guarantee of accommodation, the supply of fuel and drinking water and fire protection in the operational area, support in disaster control operations

The base of armed forces also includes - formerly known as Central Military Services (ZMilDBw), e.g. B. the sports school of the Bundeswehr in Warendorf .

A separate uniform for the armed forces base was deliberately omitted, the integrated units wear the uniform of the armed forces from which they were incorporated. It is therefore not uncommon for uniforms of all three branches of the armed forces to serve in one unit.

The Central Medical Service of the Bundeswehr is not part of the armed forces base and, as a separate military organizational area, takes on a comparable cross-sectional function for all branches of the armed forces .

Service categories of the armed forces base

With the change from parts of the army to the armed forces base, branches of service were partially or completely taken over. Externally, these army uniform wearers can be recognized by their beret badges , the beret color or the color of their weapons . These branches of service are:

SKB recruits take the pledge. You can see the different uniforms .

Members of all other branches of the armed forces are usually also represented in the base of the armed forces, but usually do not constitute larger “single-origin” sub-units.


2000 to February 2013

The two pillars of the armed forces base were initially the Armed Forces Support Command and the Armed Forces Office . The armed forces support command led the troops to carry out the tasks of the armed forces base in the defense areas and in action. These included, for example, command support troops, logistics troops, military police, music corps and forces for strategic reconnaissance. The Armed Forces Office was above all the highest level of service for training and research institutions in the area of ​​the armed forces base. The operational command , the command of operations management of special forces and the command of operational management of the intervention forces were organizationally located in the area of ​​the armed forces base and led troops from all branches of the armed forces and military organizational areas, which were then directly subordinate to the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr . In addition, several other central departments of the Bundeswehr were directly subordinate to the Inspector of the Armed Forces Base. The Center for Transformation of the Bundeswehr (ZTransfBw), established in July 2004 and based in Strausberg, played a central role in the transformation process of the Bundeswehr . In the first few years after its establishment, the armed forces base was roughly divided into the following departments:

Around 71,500 soldiers and civilian employees were part of the armed forces base.

Realignment of the Bundeswehr

On September 20, 2011, the then Federal Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière announced that, as part of the realignment of the Bundeswehr, it was planned to reduce the number of active soldiers in the armed forces base to a maximum of 38,750. Of these, 35,500 should be professional / temporary soldiers and between 1,250 and 2,000 voluntary military service (FWD).

On October 1, 2012, the Armed Forces Base Command (KdoSKB) in Bonn was commissioned as the new command command of the Armed Forces Base . The KdoSKB provides centralized operational readiness and mission accomplishment of the armed forces base as a whole safe and took over the management responsibilities of the dissolved 1 February 2013, Armed Forces Support Command . The KdoSKB is thus the only remaining higher command authority within the armed forces base, which means that the two-part management structure that had been common in the Bundeswehr until then - consisting of a command command for managing the troops and an office for planning, training and research tasks - was abandoned in this organizational area . The Armed Forces Office (SKA) still exists, but is now subordinate to the KdoSKB.

As of 2017

In 2017 the SKB, u. a. as part of the establishment of a new military organizational area for the so-called cyber and information space (CIR), a significant reduction. The first step was the Bundeswehr Leadership Academy on January 1, 2017 , which was directly subordinate to the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr . On July 1, 2017, the Bundeswehr Command Support Command, the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and the Operational Information Center moved to the new organizational division CIR. At the same time, the Feldjäger command and the NBC defense command were placed directly under the command of the Armed Forces Base. Since then, the armed forces base has had around 27,400 active soldiers.

From 2020

In January 2019, the BMVg announced the reopening of eight ammunition and material stores that were already or are still being closed. The gradual recommissioning will begin in 2020 and should be completed in 2031. A total of up to 600 new posts for military and civilian personnel are to be created. Furthermore, in April 2019, the BMVg announced the reorganization of a logistics battalion for NATO tasks at the Delmenhorst location . In December 2019 the formation of two new regiments in the SKB was announced. Logistics regiment 1 will be set up in Burg and NBC defense regiment 1 in Strausberg in 2020 .

Organization and leadership

Who stands at the head of the Joint Support Staff of the Armed Forces base in the Joint Support Service Command . As the superior on duty in his organizational area, he reports to the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr . The KdoSKB as the command of the armed forces base is subordinate to the following units and departments:

Crest Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm.svg Multinational Command Operational Leadership
(MN KdoOpFü / MN JHQ) in Ulm
Coat of arms LogKdoBw.jpg Logistics command of the Bundeswehr
(LogKdoBw) in Erfurt
KdoTA.png Territorial Tasks Command of the Bundeswehr
(KdoTerrAufgBw) in Berlin
COA KdoFJgBw.svg Feldjäger command of the Bundeswehr
(KdoFJgBw) in Hanover
ABCAbwKdoBw.gif NBC Defense Command of the Bundeswehr
(ABCAbwKdoBw) in Bruchsal
COA SKA.svg Armed Forces Office
(SKA) in Bonn
AmilKde.gif Office for Military
Studies (AMK) in Bonn
BAKS.svg Federal Academy for Security Policy
(BAKS) in Berlin

German military representative in the military committee of NATO and EU (DMV MC / NATO and EU)


Web links

Commons : Armed Forces Base  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Federal Ministry of Defense: Bundeswehr personnel figures . July 2020, accessed on July 30, 2020 (as of June 2020).
  2. Inspector of the Armed Forces Base. Bundeswehr, October 6, 2015, accessed on October 7, 2015 .
  3. ^ Bundeswehr: Competencies of the armed forces base. December 15, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2018 .
  4. The Force Base. (PDF; 4.62 MB) In: Armed Forces Staff, December 1, 2006, p. 118 , accessed December 26, 2016 .
  5. Thomas Wiegold : The rough structure is in place. Eyes straight ahead !, September 21, 2011, accessed September 21, 2011 .
  6. Sebastian Wanninger, Sina Pawlowski: Second level reached. Bundeswehr, February 4, 2013, accessed on February 18, 2013 : "On February 1, the armed forces base will also say goodbye to the armed forces support command - one of the pillars of the old structures."
  7. ^ Speech by the Federal Minister of Defense Dr. Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr Leadership Academy on November 3, 2016. (PDF) Federal Ministry of Defense, November 3, 2016, p. 13 , accessed on December 16, 2016 .
  8. Order of the day from the Minister of Defense to change the position of the leadership academy on December 29, 2016. Federal Ministry of Defense, January 4, 2017, accessed on January 8, 2017 .
  9. The great change of position prepares for the future. SKB press and information center, June 30, 2017, accessed on July 1, 2017 .
  10. More space for more Bundeswehr. BMVg, January 15, 2019, accessed on April 28, 2019 .
  11. ^ Bundeswehr reactivates abandoned depots for material and ammunition., January 15, 2019, accessed on April 28, 2019 .
  12. New logistics battalion with NATO tasks. /, April 24, 2019, accessed on April 28, 2019 .
  13. NEW LOGISTICS BATTLEON - addition to the Bundeswehr location in Delmenhorst., April 5, 2019, accessed on April 28, 2019 .
  14. Ralf Wilke: Silberhorn hands over 60 new lorries to the troops. BMVg, May 29, 2019, accessed on June 15, 2019 .
  15. Timo Kather: Station decisions: Orders to stay. BMVg, December 10, 2019, accessed on December 21, 2019 .