Joint Support and Enabling Service
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Which are the values, to which we have committed ourselves, and how do we intend to work together in the future? The answers to these questions will have an immediate effect on the Joint Support and Enabling Service. In these times of change, the focus is on people. They will be the first to feel the immediate influence of a permanently changing…

We assume responsibility mainly for the people who are working for us. Our leadership culture, i.e. "enabling leadership", stands for these people. Together with the people of the Joint Support and Enabling Service, we commit ourselves to our guiding principles. With the focus on people, we develop the future of the Joint Support and Enabling Service. Structure and organization are aids that need to be and will be adapted to the developments. Clear competencies and responsibilities will be of great importance in this context.

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Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief of the Joint Support and Enabling Service
„The willingness to assume responsibility and mission command form the basis for successful mission accomplishment.“

Enabling Leadership

To successfully implement increasingly complex projects, we are closely cooperating with various experts already today. These experts are often located at different agencies and holding different ranks. This constitutes a challenge for the command personnel. The hierarchical levels established in the Bundeswehr and needed for a number of reasons must recede into the background during project work. To this end, the often regulated decision-making processes require to be designed completely new and openly. In this context, we at the Joint Support and Enabling Service are drawing on the principle of "enabling leadership". Technical expertise is promoted in the Joint Support and Enabling Service and given scope for developments, including the associated responsibility. To this end, the Joint Support and Enabling Service also uses the opportunities of digitization. To us, leadership skills also include to trust in using the opportunities for own ideas and supporting at the same time emerging worlds of experts.

Command Echelon

Chief of the Joint Support and Enabling Service

The overall responsibility for all the tasks of the organizational element rests with the Chief of the Joint Support and Enabling Service. Under his command, the many and diverse competencies of the Joint Support and Enabling Service are further developed and organized in a future-oriented manner. Top priority will continue to be given to the fulfillment of commitments during deployments and standby commitments. Subject areas such as multinationalization, digitization or even close cooperation with trade and industry will turn the Joint Support and Enabling Service into the pacemaker and a decisive actor in Germany and in Europe.

Vice Chief of the Joint Support and Enabling Service and Commissioner for Reservist Affairs

With regard to many of its tasks, the Bundeswehr reserve is of central significance for the Joint Support and Enabling Service. Accordingly, the Joint Support and Enabling Service supports its reservist work from the command level. The Vice Chief of the Joint Support and Enabling Service takes responsibility for the focused further development of the reserve, because it makes a substantial contribution to home defense and the role of Germany in Europe.

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    Lieutenant General Jürgen Weigt

    Lieutenant General Jürgen Weigt was born in Ochtendung on 14 November 1957. He is married and has two children.

Our Guiding Principles

The Joint Support and Enabling Service reflects capabilities needed by all military organizational elements of the Bundeswehr.
In this way, it contributes to the accomplishment of the overall mission of the Bundeswehr.

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The Joint Support and Enabling Service is the interface for joint training, in fields such as logistics, vehicle affairs or conceptual work.

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The Joint Support and Enabling Service maintains specialized connections to military and civilian partners (e.g. logistic military partners, authorities, institutions, trade and industry) in Germany and abroad.

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The role of National Territorial Commander is emphasized, e.g. in the context of requests for administrative assistance with respect to flood relief, refugee aid or terrorism.

Operations also include any form of support rendered to international military forces in Germany (e.g. Host Nation Support, logistic hub Germany).

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Smooth and service-oriented cooperation with different rank categories at different levels of abstraction is emphasized here with respect to the great variety of specializations.

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Ambassador of the Bundeswehr may be understood in different ways:
1. The Joint Support and Enabling Service is willing to commit itself to the service of the Bundeswehr at all civilian and military interfaces.
2. By maintaining the military attaché service, the Joint Support and Enabling Service does successful work in the international area.

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The Joint Support and Enabling Service offers a great variety of career options and specializations and sees itself, in particular, as an integrative element for all members of the Bundeswehr. "Home" is a highly emotional notion that clearly shows that everybody may feel welcome irrespective of uniformed service or membership in a civilian organizational element.

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On the one hand learning from errors means that errors are allowed, while by analyzing them we aim on the other hand for improvement.
By showing our willingness to accept changes, we respond to the spirit of progress.

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The further development of military capabilities reveals a European perspective, in which the Joint Support and Enabling Service will take a central role.

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In many respects, the Joint Support and Enabling Service is a mirror image of the Bundeswehr and characterized by a diversity of people with differing features, different levels of experience and knowledge horizons and specializations.

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The contribution of specialized capabilities by each individual with maximum diligence to the success of each individual mission offers great potential for identification, for example in the sense of professional satisfaction and pride in every member of the Joint Support and Enabling Service.

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The emphasis is on the high good of lived comradeship.
Trust and assumption and transfer of responsibility reflect central maxims of behavior within the Joint Support and Enabling Service.

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In Numbers

  • Approximately 32.900 personnel

  • 427 agencies

  • 241 garrisons

Further Development

The Joint Support and Enabling Service is preparing for its future challenges. In doing so, it relies on several core issues that take into consideration both current security developments and international commitments of Germany. There is much to do in the fields of multinationalization, digitization and shaping the role of National Territorial Commander, i.e. the role of supporting partner within Germany’s security architecture. The effects of these future planning activities are visible in many areas of the Joint Support and Enabling Service. It is here, where multinational training and multinational cooperation will take place, new depots will be established and, in the event of a large-scale emergency situation, police forces will practice the deployment at home together with the Bundeswehr.

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