Central Medical Services
The Bundeswehr
The Bundeswehr consists of the unified armed forces of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities...

's Joint Medical Service is a part of the German Armed Forces but explicitly no new branch of arms. Medical personnel of all three branches (Army
German Army
The German Army is the land component of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany. Following the disbanding of the Wehrmacht after World War II, it was re-established in 1955 as the Bundesheer, part of the newly formed West German Bundeswehr along with the Navy and the Air Force...

, Navy
German Navy
The German Navy is the navy of Germany and is part of the unified Bundeswehr .The German Navy traces its roots back to the Imperial Fleet of the revolutionary era of 1848 – 52 and more directly to the Prussian Navy, which later evolved into the Northern German Federal Navy...

 and Air Force
Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It is also the official name for two of the four historic German air forces, the Wehrmacht air arm founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1946; and the current Bundeswehr air arm founded in 1956....

) were assigned to a centralized authority which was installed to concentrate their capabilities. However these troops remain members of their original branch of arms. Only very specialized medical units (such as medical care for divers and aircraft crews) are not a part of the Joint Medical Service.


Just like all other branches of the German Armed Forces, the Joint Medical Service is divided into two divisions, one exercising command and control over the operational units whilst the other is in charge of schools and facilities. Furthermore, the area of responsibility is divided into four Medical Regions, each commanded by a central authority and identical to the four Defense District Commands
Streitkräftebasis is a branch of the German Bundeswehr established in October 2000 as a result of major reforms of the German Bundeswehr. It handles various logistics and organisational tasks of the German Armed Forces...

 of the Armed Forces.
  • German Armed ForcesSurgeon General (Currently: Generaloberstabsarzt (3 stars) Dr. Kurt-Bernhard Nakath)
  • Medical Service Staff at the Federal Ministry of Defence
    Federal Ministry of Defence (Germany)
    The Federal Ministry of Defence is a top-level federal agency, headed by the Federal Minister of Defence as a member of the Cabinet of Germany...

  • Joint Medical Forces Command

    • 1st Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Westerstede
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Hamburg
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      • Field Hospital Regiment
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      • Reserve Hospital Group
    • 2nd Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Central Hospital in Koblenz
      • Field Hospital Regiment 21
      • Medical Regiment 22
    • 3rd Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Berlin
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      • Field Hospital Regiment 31
      • Field Hospital Regiment 32
    • 4th Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Ulm
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      • Field Hospital Regiment 41
      • Mountain Medical Regiment 42
    • Rapid Medical Response Forces Command

  • Bundeswehr Medical Office

    • Bundeswehr Medical Academy
    • Medical Instruction Regiment
    • Central Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Service in Koblenz
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    • Central Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Sercvie in Kiel
      Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 238,049 .Kiel is approximately north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula, and the southwestern shore of the...

    • Central Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Service in Munich
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    • Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology
      Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, which are defined as any microscopic organism that comprises either a single cell , cell clusters or no cell at all . This includes eukaryotes, such as fungi and protists, and prokaryotes...

    • Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology
      Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action. More specifically, it is the study of the interactions that occur between a living organism and chemicals that affect normal or abnormal biochemical function...

       and Toxicology
      Toxicology is a branch of biology, chemistry, and medicine concerned with the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms...

    • Bundeswehr Institute of Medical Occupational and Environmental Safety
    • Institute of Medical Statistics and Data Processing
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Sports Medicine

Army and Airforce

Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Veterinary Army and Airforce Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt  Stabsarzt  Stabsapotheker  Stabsveterinär  Hauptmann
Hauptmann is a German word usually translated as captain when it is used as an officer's rank in the German, Austrian and Swiss armies. While "haupt" in contemporary German means "main", it also has the dated meaning of "head", i.e...

Oberstabsarzt  Oberstabsarzt  Oberstabsapotheker  Oberstabsveterinär  Major
Major is a rank of commissioned officer, with corresponding ranks existing in almost every military in the world.When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicator of rank, the term refers to the rank just senior to that of an Army captain and just below the rank of lieutenant colonel. ...

Major is a rank of commissioned officer, with corresponding ranks existing in almost every military in the world.When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicator of rank, the term refers to the rank just senior to that of an Army captain and just below the rank of lieutenant colonel. ...

Oberfeldarzt  Oberfeldarzt  Oberfeldapotheker  Oberfeldveterinär  Oberstleutnant
Oberstleutnant is a German Army and Air Force rank equal to Lieutenant Colonel, above Major, and below Oberst.There are two paygrade associated to the rank of Oberstleutnant...

Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant colonel
Lieutenant colonel is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine forces and some air forces of the world, typically ranking above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence...

Oberstarzt  Oberstarzt  Oberstapotheker  Oberstveterinär  Oberst
Oberst is a military rank in several German-speaking and Scandinavian countries, equivalent to Colonel. It is currently used by both the ground and air forces of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway. The Swedish rank överste is a direct translation, as are the Finnish rank eversti...

Colonel , abbreviated Col or COL, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally "Captain". It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures...

Generalarzt  Generalarzt  Generalapotheker  -- Brigadegeneral  Brigadier General
Brigadier General
Brigadier general is a senior rank in the armed forces. It is the lowest ranking general officer in some countries, usually sitting between the ranks of colonel and major general. When appointed to a field command, a brigadier general is typically in command of a brigade consisting of around 4,000...

Generalstabsarzt may refer to:* Major General in the Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service* Surgeon general of the Prussian army* Surgeon general of the Bavarian army...

-- -- -- Generalmajor  Major General
Major General
Major general or major-general is a military rank used in many countries. It is derived from the older rank of sergeant major general. A major general is a high-ranking officer, normally subordinate to the rank of lieutenant general and senior to the ranks of brigadier and brigadier general...

Generaloberstabsarzt  -- -- -- Generalleutnant  Lieutenant General
Lieutenant General
Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages where the title of Lieutenant General was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a Captain General....


Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Navy Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt  Stabsarzt  Stabsapotheker  Kapitänleutnant  Lieutenant
A lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer in many nations' armed forces. Typically, the rank of lieutenant in naval usage, while still a junior officer rank, is senior to the army rank...

Oberstabsarzt  Oberstabsarzt  Oberstabsapotheker  Korvettenkapitän  Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander is a commissioned officer rank in many navies. The rank is superior to a lieutenant and subordinate to a commander...

Flottillenarzt  Flottillenarzt  Flottillenapotheker  Fregattenkapitän  Commander
Commander is a naval rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. Commander is also used as a rank or title in some organizations outside of the armed forces, particularly in police and law enforcement.-Commander as a naval...

Flottenarzt  Flottenarzt  Flottenapotheker  Kapitän zur See  Captain
Captain (naval)
Captain is the name most often given in English-speaking navies to the rank corresponding to command of the largest ships. The NATO rank code is OF-5, equivalent to an army full colonel....

Admiralarzt  Admiralarzt  Admiralapotheker  Flottillenadmiral  Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
Rear Admiral
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Admiralstabsarzt  -- -- Konteradmiral  Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
Rear Admiral
Rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer rank above that of a commodore and captain, and below that of a vice admiral. It is generally regarded as the lowest of the "admiral" ranks, which are also sometimes referred to as "flag officers" or "flag ranks"...

Admiraloberstabsarzt  -- -- Vizeadmiral  Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral
Vice admiral is a senior naval rank of a three-star flag officer, which is equivalent to lieutenant general in the other uniformed services. A vice admiral is typically senior to a rear admiral and junior to an admiral...

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