Joint Support Service (Germany)

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Joint Support Service
Logo of the Joint Support Service
Logo of the Joint Support Service
Active1 October 2000
Size27,840 (April 2020)[1]
Joint Support Service CommandHardthöhe
MarchMarsch der Streikräftebasis[2]
InspectorGeneralleutnant Martin Schelleis (German Air Force)
Deputy InspectorGeneralleutnant Peter Bohrer (German Air Force)
Chief of StaffGeneralmajor Jürgen Setzer (German Army)
Manfred Nielson, Wolfram Kühn
A Feldjäger MP patrol vehicle

The Joint Support Service (German: Streitkräftebasis, pronounced [ˈʃtʁaɪ̯tˌkʁɛftəˌbaːzɪs] (listen), abbreviated: SKB, pronounced [ɛskaːˈbeː] (listen); literally Armed Forces Foundation) is a branch of the German Bundeswehr established in October 2000 as a result of major reforms of the Bundeswehr. It handles various logistic and organisational tasks of the Bundeswehr. The SKB is one of six components of the Bundeswehr, the other five being the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Joint Medical Service, and the Cyber and Information Domain Service. As of April 2020, the force is composed of 27,840 personnel.[1] In May 2021 the minister of defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer together with inspector general Eberhard Zorn published a plan to dissolve the Joint Support Service and to reintegrate its units into the army, navy, airforce and cyber command.[3]


Unlike the similar British Defence Logistics Organisation and the Australian Department of Defence's Support Command Australia, a number of combat-associated commands were allotted to the SKB, principally the small German territorial defence structure embodied in the four Wehrbereichskommandos (Military District Commands), the national supervision of active German military operations beyond the NATO area,[clarification needed] performed by the Joint Operations Command (the Einsatzführungskommando), which is headquartered in Potsdam.

The WBK headquarters were in Kiel (WBK I); Mainz (WBK II); Erfurt (WBK III); and Munich (WBK IV). Each Military District Command controlled several Landeskommandos (State Commands) due to the federal structure of Germany. Previously this function was carried out by the Verteidigungsbezirkskommandos (VBKs) or Military Region Commands (Defence District Commands). These commands were in charge of all military facilities in their area of responsibility and of several supporting regiments. The SKB headquarters was formed on the basis of the former IV (German) Corps[clarification needed] headquarters. Most of its remaining elements have been reassigned from the Central Military Agencies of the Bundeswehr, encompassing a wide range of logistics agencies, schools, and other support units.

The top command authorities are the Kommando Streitkräftebasis (Joint Support Service Command) which is in charge of numerous of command and control roles. The Streitkräfteamt (Armed Forces Office) directs all schools, training and research centres, the Militärischer Abschirmdienst (Military Counterintelligence Service), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.

In April 2012 as part of the major reorganisation that ended conscription, the Joint Operations Command (Germany) (German: Einsatzführungskommando) was resubordinated directly to the Inspector of the Bundeswehr.[4]

Logistic Command[edit]

Military Police Command[edit]

CBRN-defense Command[edit]

  • ABCAbwKdoBw.gif Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command, in Bruchsal
    • SABCAbwGSchAufg.png CBRN-defense and Legal Protection Tasks School, in Sonthofen
    • ABC-Abwehrbataillon 7 (Bundeswehr).svg 7th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Höxter
    • ABCAbwRgt 750.jpg 750th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Bruchsal

Territorial Tasks Command[edit]

Armed Forces Office[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Aktuelle Personalzahlen der Bundeswehr [Current personnel numbers of the Federal Defence]". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ Kirschner, Claus-Dieter (1 October 2010). "Der große Erfolg von Gerhard Fetzer". Heidenheimer Zeitung (in German).
  3. ^ "Strukturen für die 'Bundeswehr der Zukunft': Viel Unruhe, wenig Klarheit – Augen geradeaus!".
  4. ^ See de:Neuausrichtung der Bundeswehr; Dresdner Erlass; and "Übergabeappell April 2012". Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Organisation Streitkräftebasis". Bundeswehr. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Logistikkommando der Bundeswehr". (in German). Retrieved 11 November 2021.

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