Joint Medical Service (Germany)

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Joint Medical Service
Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr
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Active 1 October 2000 – present
Country  Germany
Branch Joint service
Role Military medicine
Size 19,752 personnel (16 December 2016)[1]
Anniversaries 1 October 2000
Inspector of the Joint Medical Service Generaloberstabsarzt Dr. Michael Tempel (German Army)
Stellvertretender Inspekteur des Zentralen Sanitätsdiensts der Bundeswehr Generalstabsarzt Stephan Schoeps (German Army)
Ingo Patschke
Medic during NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Croatia 1995
Field hospital Exercise
Vehicle of the Sanitätsdienst during KFOR

The Joint Medical Service (German: Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr) is a part of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of Germany, but explicitly no new branch of arms. Medical personnel of all three branches (Army, Navy and Air Force) were assigned to a centralized authority which was installed to concentrate their capabilities. However these troops remain members of their original branch of arms. Only very specialized medical units (such as medical care for divers and aircraft crews) are not a part of the Joint Medical Service.


Ranks of the Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service[edit]

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rank insignia
rank insignia

Army and Airforce[edit]

Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Veterinary Army and Airforce Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt Stabsarzt Stabsapotheker Stabsveterinär Hauptmann Captain
Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsapotheker Oberstabsveterinär Major Major
Oberfeldarzt Oberfeldarzt Oberfeldapotheker Oberfeldveterinär Oberstleutnant Lieutenant Colonel
Oberstarzt Oberstarzt Oberstapotheker Oberstveterinär Oberst Colonel
Generalarzt Generalarzt Generalapotheker Brigadegeneral Brigadier General
Generalstabsarzt Generalmajor Major General
Generaloberstabsarzt Generalleutnant Lieutenant General


Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Navy Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt Stabsarzt Stabsapotheker Kapitänleutnant Lieutenant
Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsapotheker Korvettenkapitän Lieutenant Commander
Flottillenarzt Flottillenarzt Flottillenapotheker Fregattenkapitän Commander
Flottenarzt Flottenarzt Flottenapotheker Kapitän zur See Captain
Admiralarzt Admiralarzt Admiralapotheker Flottillenadmiral Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
Admiralstabsarzt Konteradmiral Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
Admiraloberstabsarzt Vizeadmiral Vice Admiral

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Die Stärke der Streitkräfte [Personnel strength of German Armed Forces]". 16 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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