The Federal Ministry of Defence Guard Battalion is the public face of the Bundeswehr. Its main mission: to represent the Federal Republic of Germany at home and abroad.
The Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) Guard Battalion – In Perfection
Protocol services are part of diplomacy. Protocol services also include military honours for high-ranking state guests. In the Bundeswehr, these are delivered by the FMoD Guard Battalion. It is the public face of the Bundeswehr during state receptions. Its main mission is to represent the Federal Republic of Germany at home and abroad.
In its secondary function, the FMoD Guard Battalion is to ensure the protection of the Federal Government’s command post in a possible state of defence. However, the primary mission of its servicemen and women has been and will continue to be the representation of Germany at home and abroad. The seven protocol companies accomplish an average of approximately 600 assignments per year.
The ceremonial services performed by the men and women of the FMoD Guard Battalion involve different types of operation. These range from employment as a guard of honour (the smallest type of operation) to the Grand Tattoo – a military ceremony for special occasions – and the honour battalion, the highest military honour for foreign state guests. The FMoD Guard Battalion’s Headquarters and Service Company has a unique and exceptional role within the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command’s area of responsibility. It is tasked with firing gun salutes using ten type Feldhaubitze FH 105mm towed howitzers.