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Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service
Zentraler Sanitätsdienst
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Active 1 October 2000 - present
Country  Germany
Role Military medicine
Size 19,680 personnel[1]
Equipment  • Hospitals and field hospitals
 • Rheinmetall YAK
 • Unimog
Inspector of the Joint Medical Service Generaloberstabsarzt Dr. Ingo Patschke
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Medic during NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Croatia 1995

Field hospital Exercise

Vehicle of the Sanitätsdienst during KFOR

The Bundeswehr's Joint Medical Service (German language: Zentraler Sanitätsdienst) is a part of the German Armed Forces but explicitly no new branch of arms. Medical personnel of all three branches (Army, Navy and Air Force) 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 of the Armed Forces.

  • Joint Medical Forces Command
    • 1st Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Westerstede
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Hamburg
      • Field Hospital Regiment 11
      • 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
      • Field Hospital Regiment 31
      • Field Hospital Regiment 32
    • 4th Medical Regional Command
      • Bundeswehr Hospital in Ulm
      • 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
    • Central Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Sercvie in Kiel
    • Central Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Service in Munich
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Medical Occupational and Environmental Safety
    • Institute of Medical Statistics and Data Processing
    • Bundeswehr Institute of Sports Medicine

Ranks of the Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service

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Army and Airforce

Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Veterinary Army and Airforce Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt Stabsarzt Stabsapotheker Stabsveterinär Hauptmann Captain
Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsapotheker Oberstabsveterinär Major Major
Oberfeldarzt Oberfeldarzt Oberfeldapotheker Oberfeldveterinär Oberstleutnant Lieutenant Colonel
Oberstarzt Oberstarzt Oberstapotheker Oberstveterinär Oberst Colonel
Generalarzt Generalarzt Generalapotheker -- Brigadegeneral Brigadier General
Generalstabsarzt -- -- -- Generalmajor Major General
Generaloberstabsarzt -- -- -- Generalleutnant Lieutenant General


Human Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Navy Foreign equivalents
Stabsarzt Stabsarzt Stabsapotheker Kapitänleutnant Lieutenant
Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsarzt Oberstabsapotheker Korvettenkapitän Lieutenant Commander
Flottillenarzt Flottillenarzt Flottillenapotheker Fregattenkapitän Commander
Flottenarzt Flottenarzt Flottenapotheker Kapitän zur See Captain
Admiralarzt Admiralarzt Admiralapotheker Flottillenadmiral Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
Admiralstabsarzt -- -- Konteradmiral Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
Admiraloberstabsarzt -- -- Vizeadmiral Vice Admiral

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