Joint Support Service (Germany)

Last updated on 18 October 2017

The Joint Support Service (German: Streitkräftebasis, SKB, 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 the fifth component of the Bundeswehr, the other four being the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Joint Medical Service. As of December 2016, the force is composed of around 41,100 personnel.

Bundeswehr Logo Streitkraeftebasis with lettering.svg
Logo of the Joint Support Service
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Feldjäger MP patrol vehicle


Unlike the similar British Defence Logistics Organisation and the Australian Department of Defence's Support Command Australia, Germany's current military environment has led to a number of combat-associated commands being allotted to it, principally the residual German territorial defence structure embodied in the four Wehrbereichskommandos (Military District Commands), and the national supervision of German military operations 'out of area', performed by the Einsatzführungskommando (Bundeswehr Operations Command), which is headquartered in Potsdam.

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Each Military District Command controls 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 command authorities are in charge of all military facilities in their area of responsibility and of several supporting regiments. The SKB was formed on the basis of the former IV (GE) Korps. 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 Military Counterintelligence Service (Militärischer Abschirmdienst), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.


  • Vice Chief of Staff, Bundeswehr and Chief of Staff of the Joint Support Service
  • Joint Support Service Command[3]
    • Bundeswehr Military Intelligence Centre
    • Bundeswehr Counter-Intelligence Office
    • Federal College for Security Studies
    • Office for Military Studies
    • German Military Representative to NATO & EU
    • German element, CIMIC Centre of Excellence
    • Psychological Operations Centre (Zentrum Operative Information - ZOpInfo)
      • Psychological Operations Battalion 950

Logistic Command

  • Wappen LogKdoBw.jpg Bundeswehr Logistic Command

Territorial Tasks Command

  • KdoTA.png Bundeswehr Territorial Tasks Command
    • Guard Battalion in Berlin
    • Wappen KdoFJgBw.jpg Bundeswehr Military Police Command
      • 1st Military Police Regiment in Berlin
      • 2nd Military Police Regiment in Hilden
      • 3rd Military Police Regiment in Munich
      • SFJg-StDstBw.jpg Bundeswehr Military Police School
    • ABCAbwKdoBw.gif Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command in Bruchsal
      • ABCAbwRgt 750.jpg 750th CBRN-defense Battalion in Bruchsal
      • ABCAbwBtl 7.jpg 7th CBRN-defense Battalion in Höxter
      • SABCAbwGSchAufg.png CBRN-defense School in Sonthofen
    • LKdo Baden-Württemberg.jpg Baden-Württemberg State Command
    • LKdo Bayern.jpg Bayern State Command
    • LKdo Brandenburg.jpg Brandenburg State Command
    • LKdo Bremen.jpg Bremen State Command
    • LKdo Hamburg.svg Hamburg State Command
    • LKdo Hessen.png Hessen State Command
    • LKdo Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.gif Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Command
    • LKdo Niedersachsen.jpg Niedersachsen State Command
    • LKdo Nordrhein-Westfalen.gif Nordrhein-Westfalen State Command
    • LKdo Rheinland-Pfalz.gif Rheinland-Pfalz State Command
    • LKdo Saarland.gif Saarland State Command
    • LKdo Sachsen.gif Sachsen State Command
    • LKdo Sachsen-Anhalt.gif Sachsen-Anhalt State Command
    • LKdo Schleswig-Holstein (V1).jpg Schleswig-Holstein State Command
    • LKdo Thüringen.gif Thüringen State Command
    • All Bundeswehr Training Areas

Armed Forces Office

  • Bundeswehr Verification Centre
  • Bundeswehr Academy for Information and Communication
  • Bw Integrated Competence & Training Centre SASPF
  • Military Attache Offices
  • Bundeswehr School of Dog Handling
  • GE Elm2 NATO Command Structure / National Support Elements
  • Bundeswehr Military Music Centre
  • Bilateral / multilateral Relations
  • Bundeswehr Sports School
    • Two Sports Promotion Sections
  • SGO1 / GE Elm2 George C. Marshall Centre

Bundeswehr Command & Staff College


  1. ^ "Stärke: Militärisches Personal der Bundeswehr". Bundeswehr (in German). 16 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ Kirschner, Claus-Dieter (1 October 2010). "Der große Erfolg von Gerhard Fetzer". Heidenheimer Zeitung (in German).
  3. ^ The Joint Support Service. p. 79.

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