Welcome 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.
The menu on the right links to the JFTC Handbook for the JFTC personnel, which intends to provide answers and guidance prior to your arrival in Bydgoszcz and during your stay here.
Click on any topic on the menu to open the Handbook or check the full PDF version of JFTC Handbook 2017.The JFTC and the JFTC Support Unit review the Handbook once a year or when required due to the changes of regulations. The JFTC, Host Nation Support Unit, and the National Support Elements at the JFTC do their best to keep it updated.However, it may occur that the information and regulations reflected in the Handbook are overruled by new legislation or are interpreted differently by the local authorities. Neither the JFTC nor the Host Nation Support Unit or the National Support Elements can be held accountable or liable for any information provided herein or the use made of the information provided.
Please inform the Headquarters Support Division, Human Resources Management Branch or the Legal Office if your personal experience deviates substantially from the information provided herein.
View JFTC Points of Contact referred to in the Handbook.
Newcomers and Serving Staff
- Emergency Information
- Pre-arrival Checklist
- Legal Status
- Border Crossing/Residency
- Privately Owned Arms
- Traffic Rules
- Public Transportation
- Education and Home Day-Care
- Banking and Post Office
- Services and Utilities
- Spending time out
- Points of Contact