NATO

Newcomers and Serving Staff

Newcomers front coverWelcome 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.


Commander

Joint Force Training Centre

Morale and Welfare Activities (MWA)

The Morale and Welfare Activities (MWA) are functions that enhance the quality of life, follow good manners and do not offend common decency, promote unit integrity and contribute to the well-being of eligible individuals, which include spouses and dependants as well as military and civilian staff members. They comprise clubs, athletic, recreational and fund generating activities and facilities. The Morale and Welfare Activities serve to enhance quality of life, promote unit esprit du corps and contribute to well-being of eligible individuals.

The Morale and Welfare goals are:

  • Serve the community’s needs promptly and efficiently wherever possible within the given NATO regulations
  • Support community events on the highest priority in order to strengthen the international NATO community in Bydgoszcz
  • Maintain a professional and efficient support of the clubs and units

The Morale and Welfare supports the following events

  • JFTC Ball
  • International Day
  • Other Community events (e.g. French Beaujolais Nouveau, German Oktoberfest, Christmas-Event, etc.)
  • Host nation language training

As well as many other events through the Morale and Welfare Clubs.

NATO Spouses Club Bydgoszcz

The NATO Spouses Club Bydgoszcz (NSCB) is established for all spouses of the international community at JFTC to encourage mutual cultural enrichment, understanding, and friendship amongst its members. The NSCB creates a framework of communication for the spouses by organizing cultural, leisure and other activities. Furthermore, the NSCB financially supports selected charities through different fundraising events.

Currently, the Spouses Club has about 50 members and welcomes all spouses who are interested to join and participate in activities of the Club.

The NSCB provides many opportunities for the spouses to meet for sharing their everyday life experience and information, to connect and find new friends, and to spend good times together. The Club calendar offers for example:

  • Monthly Coffee Morning meetings
  • Field trips and sightseeing in the surrounding areas
  • Different kinds of craft workshops
  • Sportive activities
  • Cooking club activities
  • Meetings of different language conversation groups

To become a member you have to fill out the application form and contribute the annual fee.

Please feel free to contact us for further information by email: natospousesclub@gmail.com

You are more than WELCOME to join our Club.

JFTC Sports Club

The Joint Force Training Centre Sports Club (JFTC SC) is a welfare and recreation institution of the Joint Force Training Centre. It is an association created to give its members an opportunity to meet and to compete in sporting events and to benefit from the common understanding between the nations within the JFTC, NATO and National Units in the compound area.

All personnel of the JFTC, the JFTC SU, the 3rd NSB, the NCIA Squadron and the NSE’s are full members. Spouses and relatives can join as associate members. The JFTC SC will provide its members with sports activities of different disciplines.

Please feel free to contact us for further information by email: jftc.sportclub@jftc.nato.int