Joint Support Service (Germany)

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 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]

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


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 small German territorial defence structure embodied in the four Wehrbereichskommandos (Military District Commands), and the national supervision of active German military operations beyond the NATO area,[clarification needed] performed by the Einsatzführungskommando (Bundeswehr Operations Command), which is headquartered in Potsdam.

The WBK headquarters are in:

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)[clarification needed] 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 Militärischer Abschirmdienst (Military Counterintelligence Service), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.


Logistic Command

Military Police Command

CBRN-defense Command

  • Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command, in Bruchsal
    • CBRN-defense and Legal Protection Tasks School, in Sonthofen
    • 7th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Höxter
    • 750th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Bruchsal

Territorial Tasks Command

Armed Forces Office


  1. "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. "Organisation Streitkräftebasis". Bundeswehr. Retrieved 19 July 2018.