newcomers handbook 2017Welcome to the Joint Force Training Centre!

JFTC is undoubtedly the premiere NATO training centre for joint tactical headquarters, and I am confident this will prove to be an exciting assignment for you and your family.

We have new facilities and cutting-edge technology to support NATO Command Structure and Force Structure exercises from brigade through corps level, and we have a great team in a great location.

The JFTC team consists of 160 professionals from 18 different alliance and partner nations. This diverse staff draws support from a close relationship with Polish units as well as the city of Bydgoszcz and local businesses. We have built on these relationships since our establishment in 2004 as the first NATO installation in Poland, and the result is our tremendous ability to deliver dynamic training while remaining a family-oriented institution.

This is the 10th edition of the Handbook and it provides pre-arrival overview of useful information and internal procedures, especially for new staff members and their families. If you need more information on legal issues or in-processing, please contact JFTC Legal Office, the Host Nation Support Unit In-Processing Office, or one of the National Support Elements (French, German, Slovak, or US). Please check the JFTC webpage under the ‘Contacts’ tab for phone numbers or email addresses.

This Handbook is very much a living document, and we welcome your comments to improve it. I appreciate any feedback regarding moving to, settling in, or living in Bydgoszcz. The assistance you provide will help future families make the transition. Please contact the Legal Office with suggestions.

Again, welcome to the JFTC. I wish you and your families all the best during your time here. I am proud to serve with you here at the Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz.

WILHELM GRÜN
Major General, German Army
Commander