Who We Are
Officially established in 2004 in Bydgoszcz, Poland the Joint Force Training Centre quickly assumed a significant role within the NATO training community.
In 2009, JFTC moved into a newly built, state-of-the-art facility with advanced Communication and Information System architecture. Capable of supporting up to Joint Force Command level exercises, JFTC provides NATO with a flexible, cost effective training centre for current operations, emerging requirements, readiness, certification exercises and modern platform for experimentation.
The training events, conferences and courses conducted by JFTC throughout the years have proven the centre a critical part of NATO’s training capability.
At the Joint Force Training Centre, we live our motto, “Transformation Through Training”. By synthesizing NATO training requirements with cutting-edge technology, flexible Communication and Information System architecture and responsive, scalable support, JFTC occupies a critical spot in the NATO transformation process.
The Joint Force Training Centre is manned by 170 soldiers and civilians, with the expertise to support a wide range of NATO training.Our team represents 21 NATO nations (Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Türkiye, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) and 1 Partnership for Peace nation (Georgia).
The Joint Force Training Centre serves as a focal point for NATO combined and joint operations and warfare at the tactical level in order to assist the transformation of Allied and Partner forces.
The Joint Force Training Centre comprises the Commander, Command Group, and three functionally aligned Staff Divisions:
- The Training and Exercise Division
- The Training and Exercise Enabling Division
- The Headquarters Support Division
The Joint Force Training Centre is supported in the execution of its mission by the NATO Communications and Information Agency CIS Support Unit Bydgoszcz, the JFTC Support Unit, and the Bydgoszcz Detachment of the Allied Command Counter Intelligence, all co-located with the JFTC in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The Commander provides leadership for the Joint Force Training Centre to fulfil its mission. Under the Commander's direction and guidance, the JFTC provides combined and joint training, static and distributed as well as single- and multi-echelon, for tactical level headquarters, staffs and forces over the full spectrum of Alliance operations, to include support of Alliance current operations and the NATO Response Force, supports concept development, experimentation and doctrine development, and ensures the integration of new concepts and doctrine into training. The Commander is advised and assisted in fulfilling his duties by the Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff, the Special Staff and the three Staff Division Heads.
Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff
The Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff leads and coordinates all aspects of the Staff's work in support of the Commander, including tasking, direction and guidance, cross-staff support, oversight and management of resources and the development, and delivery of training and experiments. He deputises the Commander in his absence.
Director of Management
The Director of Management (DOM) leads the Divisions and special Staff in coordination of all the staff work requiring the attention of the Commander or Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff, coordinates the administrative support, and the information management.
The Training Division (TD) ensures the ability to deliver combined and joint training, static and distributed as well as single- and multi-echelon, for tactical level headquarters, staffs and forces over the full spectrum of Alliance operations, to include in support of Alliance current operations and the NATO Response Force (NRF).
PLANS AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
The Plans & Development Division (PDD) serves as a long-term, forward looking entity responsible for programming and scheduling of training, exercises and warfare development events. It provides the basis of JFTC’s engagement with Allied Command Transformation (ACT) warfare development activities. This Division also maintains the JFTC’s analysis and lessons learned capability for both training and institutional improvement.
HEADQUARTERS SUPPORT DIVISION
The Headquarters Support Division (HSD) ensures resource, infrastructure and property management and support at the JFTC and in support of static and, as required, distributed training and experiments. Through the JFTC Security Officer HSD is responsible for all aspects of security at the JFTC.
THE NATO CAPITAL OF POLAND
The Centre is based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and was the first NATO Command Structure unit established in Central and Eastern Europe. It paved a way for other institutions affiliated to NATO, such as Military Police Centre of Excellence, the 3rd NATO Signal Battalion and the NATO Force Integration Unit, all of which joined JFTC in Bydgoszcz, making the City the NATO Capital of Poland.