Mission of the Joint Support and Enabling Service
Who belongs to the Joint Support and Enabling Service? How is it integrated into the Bundeswehr, and what are the mission and tasks of its staff? Questions which only a few can answer spontaneously, although during daily routine there are numerous points of contact for Bundeswehr personnel with the Joint Support and Enabling Service.
What is the Joint Support and Enabling Service?
The Joint Support and Enabling Service (JSES) is the second largest of six major military organizational elements in the Bundeswehr. It is service provider for the Bundeswehr and renders support to the other services of Army, Air Force and Navy in accomplishing their respective tasks. Its core competencies in the fields of logistics, CBRNchemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense, training or military police make it a key element of the success of the Bundeswehr.
„Our capabilities are in demand more than ever before, both in Germany and in Europe.“
Twenty Years of Joint Support and Enabling Service
In 2020, the Joint Support and Enabling Service has celebrated its 20th anniversary. It came into being in 2000 for the purpose of pooling tasks, e.g. in the field of logistics, which previously had been accomplished separately by the services of Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical Service. All three services have been working together here under one roof for almost two decades now. Over the years, the Joint Support and Enabling Service has undergone drastic changes. Individual elements have been outsourced and transferred to organizations of their own. The idea, however, to take over fundamental tasks for the entire Bundeswehr is still valid today.
We are the Joint Support and Enabling Service
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What does the Joint Support and Enabling Service do?
The logisticians of the Joint Support and Enabling Service supply the Bundeswehr with material, spare parts, accommodations and many other things such as fuel or ammunition. This is done on operations and here in Germany. In a totally different way, the Joint Support and Enabling Service also takes care of Bundeswehr personnel who have been hit by blows of fate, e.g. by launching the training course "Sports Therapy for Personnel with Deployment-related Trauma" or the training of officers for inclusion for the entire Bundeswehr.
More of security is not possible: The personal protection officers of the military police ensure the protection of Bundeswehr command personnel at the risk of their own lives. However, even the experts for ammunition storage or CBRNchemical, biological, radiological, nuclear protection contribute to the security of service personnel in all areas of the Bundeswehr. On a larger scale, the Joint Support and Enabling Service even contributes to the security situation in Germany with arms control measures.
In many fields of work, the Joint Support and Enabling Service conducts training for the entire Bundeswehr. Ranging from the driving schools to the operation of the personnel management system to dealing with the media – here you can learn a lot. In addition, the Joint Support and Enabling Service develops concepts for fundamental training contents applicable to all service personnel: ranging from basic training to predeployment training to new concepts for marksmanship training or the utilization of joint online training portals. Youth officers, who with their work in schools actively contribute to education in the field of German security policy, are also part of the Joint Support and Enabling Service.
In many cases, the Joint Support and Enabling Service is taking place in public. The musicians of the military bands located all over Germany, for example, represent the Bundeswehr in public, as do the approximately 800 top athletes in national and international sports competitions. To a distinctly lesser extent, the numerous Military Attaché Offices and Bundeswehr personnel at international NATO headquarters represent Germany and German interests in public vis-à-vis international partners.