Wachbataillon

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Wachbataillon

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General Information
Formation November 21, 2008
Country Flag-Germany.jpg Germany
Region Brandenburg and Berlin
Colors Blue, Gray, and Black
Type Defense Force
Structure


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The Wachbataillon beim Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (WachBtl BMVg) (English: Guard battalion at the Ministry of Defence) is the German Bundeswehr's elite drill/governmental unit. It was reestablished after the German Independence War on November 21, 2008, and is currently serving to defend Germany and her allies. The current Commander is Tolo and the current Minister of Defense is Chicco.

Organization

The Bundeswehr is led by it's Unit Commander and reports directly to reports the Commander of the Army. The following table shows a list of German Presidents, their Ministers of Defense, the Commander of the Armies, and the Unit Commanders.

Date President Minister of Defense Commander of the Army Unit Commander
Dec 2008 DKN Isy
Jan 2009 DKN Isy
Feb 2009 Isy Vaclav
Mar 2009 Isy Chicco
Apr 2009 Starkad Rorlikson MortenLond Chicco Tolo
May 2009 Starkad Rorlikson Chicco Chicco Tolo
June 2009 Gobba Loki Tolo

History

Soldiers of the Wachbataillon perform drills in Berlin

The Wachbataillon was reestablished directly after Germany once again became a country as a result of the German Independence War. The Wachbataillon was organized once DKN appointed Isy to be his Minister of Defense and hasn't changed since then. The primary mission of the Wachbataillon is to perform military honours for the German president and the Minister of Defense during state visits or on comparable occasions. The secondary mission is to perform (ceremonial) guard duty at the Ministry of Defense and other high profile public places, to protect and guard the members of the German government and the Ministry of Defense, and to defend the alternate seat of the federal German government.

Recruitment

Brave Congressmen training in Berlin

The Wachbataillon only admits personnel that have a body height ranging from 1.78 meters (5 ft 10.1 in) up to 1.93 meters (6 ft 4 in), normal eyesight and body weight and are generally in good health. Wachbataillon personnel are not allowed to grow beards and/or moustaches. The soldiers of the Wachbataillon are all government officials from all three German forces (i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force) and have the uniforms from all forces at their disposal to be able to perform any drill mission on every occasion.

Equipment

A Wachbataillon Flag Bearer

For reasons of tradition the Wachbataillon is the only unit of the Bundeswehr still using the Karabiner 98k because the traditional Prussian rifle drills can be executed better with that historical weapon. During normal day duty, the Wachbattalion uses the Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle (supplied by eDeutschland Finance Group) and other weapons like the other units of the Bundeswehr.