Military Academy of the German Armed Forces

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Military Academy of the German Armed Forces
Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr
Motto"Mens agitat molem"
(English: "Mind moves matter")
TypeHighest military academy of the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr
(1810 as Prussian Military Academy)
WebsiteFührungsakademie der Bundeswehr

The Military Academy of the German Armed Forces (German: Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, FüAkBw) is the General Staff College (Senior Military Academy) of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, established in 1957 as the successor of the Prussian Military Academy, founded in 1810. Since 1958 it is located in Hamburg. Its motto is "Mens agitat molem", "Mind moves Matter". Being the leading educational institution of the German armed forces, the academy is internationally renowned for its excellence. The academy educates the future elite of not only the German armed forces but also of other member states of the European Union and the NATO.[1]


The National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course (NGASOC) is considered to be the most challenging and hardest course. The three year course is attended usually by 100 national and international participants from Army, Air Force, Navy, Central Medical Service and by members of the Bundeswehr Geo-information Service. It educates, teaches and qualifies future general/admiral staff military officers. A particular characteristic of the course is that it specifically focuses on the strategic and tactical aspects of war and educationally prepares officers for assignments as military leaders. It provides a excellent comprehensive, multifaceted focus at the theater-strategic level across the military spectrum of Joint and land force operations during peace, crisis, and war. The program includes classroom studies of strategy, regional studies, joint operations, strategic leadership, and twentieth-century conflict. It intends to lecture officers in military arts and science and focuses on operational art and covers a variety of subjects, including military problem solving; military theory and history, military doctrine, operational planning; battle dynamics, operational theory and practice, contemporary military operations, and the application of national elements of power. As a result, high-level military officers including the German Ministry of Defence refer the to course as being a think tank.

The International General/Admiral Staff Officer Course (IGASOC) is a two year course prepares international officers from non-NATO member states for general staff officer functions. As of 2014, about 2,400 officers from 120 nations, including 25% German students, have been educated at the IGASOC in Hamburg since its inception in 1962. The course body comprises two-thirds of international field-grade officers from non-NATO member states from all continents. Almost one-third are of German field-grade officers in the rank of Brigadier and Major General.

The Field Officer Basic Course (FOBC) is a one year course split into two units. Unit A and B are planning and organizational units focussing on the design and delivery of the Field Officer Basic Course (FOBC). For all line officers in the rank of Colonel,Lieutenant, lieutenant colonel (Army/Air Force) or Captain (Army), this course is the first part of their field-grade officer training.

The academy also offers a series of Certified Short Courses (Seminare) for active members of the German armed forces as well as the German Army Reserve on military field-grade officer-level. These short courses are clustered in five so-called Training Fields and run between a few days up to three weeks on a full-time basis and include on-campus accommodation. Topics covered range from building leadership competencies, complexity management skills, and the relationships and interactions between the state, society, and the military. Alongside military personnel, the academy also admits a small number of selected members from the civilian/business sector in leading positions subject to availability.[2]


Between 1962 and 1997, ca. 800 officers from more than 80 nations were educated at the academy. Many former students have been appointed to high military positions in their respective countries after their studies.


  1. ^ "Der Geist bewegt die Materie (German)". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  2. ^ "Military Courses". Retrieved 2017-10-26.

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Coordinates: 53°33′41″N 9°49′51″E / 53.5613°N 9.83075°E / 53.5613; 9.83075