About the JFTC
In 2009 JFTC moved into a newly built, state-of-the-art facility with modern CIS architecture. Capable of supporting up to Joint Force Command level exercises, JFTC provides NATO with a flexible, cost-effective training center for current operations, emerging requirements, readiness, and certification exercises.
In only 13 years, the training events, conferences, and courses at JFTC have proven it a critical part of NATO’s training capability.
The Centre is manned by 160 officers, non-commissioned officers, NATO international civilians, and contractors from 16 NATO nations (Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the USA) and 1 Partnership for Peace nation (Georgia).
JFTC has a distinct and unique role within NATO, focusing on joint and combined training at the tactical level. Additionally, it co-operates with Allied Command Transformation, its sister organizations, national training centres, and NATO Centres of Excellence to ensure application of NATO standards and doctrine and to achieve joint tactical interoperability from Brigade to Corps level.
The Centre’s motto, “Transformation Through Training,” reflects its mission. JFTC plays a key role in the NATO transformation process by delivering joint pre-deployment training, supporting current operations and emerging requirements, and by offering a platform for experimentation, testing, and interoperability.
Prior to 2014, JFTC focused on ISAF pre-deployment training. Now the Centre continues its efforts in preparing soldiers for their deployment to Afghanistan by conducting Resolute Support (RS) Mission training. It supports commanders by ensuring advisors achieve a high level of interoperability and flexibility; that NATO headquarters are fully prepared to execute the assigned missions of training, advising, and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces; and ensuring NATO contributes to the long-term sustainment of those forces.
The JFTC is the premier location of NATO’s annual Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, and eXamination eXercise (CWIX). Involving upwards of 1,000 participants from over 20 NATO and Partner Nations and multiple NATO commands, agencies, and organizations, the JFTC is integral to increasing capability development and interoperability amongst the Alliance and Partner Nations.
JFTC actively supports NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure exercises by facilitating certification exercises for NATO and National Headquarters as well as providing capable Training Teams to augment Exercise Control in others. Simultaneously, JFTC is working intensively on completely new endeavours. In 2016, JFTC assumed lead roles in developing the first NATO-Georgia exercise and training NATO Advisory and Liaison Team for Kosovo.
Whether through testing or supporting current operations, JFTC is at the very heart of the NATO’s aspirations and transformation. The importance of both training and testing will undoubtedly grow, and JFTC remains on the cutting edge of enhancing NATO’s ability to defend the Alliance and project stability.
It particularly focuses on the conduct of tactical training to achieve joint interoperability at key interfaces - a critically important area identified during military combat in Afghanistan.
The Centre provides support and expertise in the training of Alliance and partner nations' forces, runs courses, conducts training and provides advice to a variety of audiences.
It co-operates with national training centres, including Partnership for Peace Training Centres and Centres of Excellence to ensure the application of NATO standards and doctrine in combined and joint fields.
As a priority, JFTC provides expertise to help NATO Response Force joint and component commanders ensure that each NATO Response Force rotation achieves a high level of interoperability, flexibility and extensive training – to be combat ready at the beginning of a cycle of duty.
Major General Wilhelm Grün
|JFTC Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff
Brigadier General Ladislav Jung
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 Headquarters Support Division
- The Training Division
- The Plans and Development Division
The Joint Force Training Centre is supported in the execution of its mission by the NCIA CSU Bydgoszcz, the Host Nation 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 Training Support Division (TSD) ensures the availability of the JFTC technical platform in support of the JFTC mission, to include communications and exercise support systems at the JFTC and in support of static and distributed as well as single- and multi-echelon training and experiments, and the ability to support Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E).
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.