SETTLING IN GERMANY AFTER LEAVING THE ARMED FORCES
Terms of Service (22 years Army)
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Many thanks to Guido Bott for compiling this Document. Its aim is to provide an aid
memoir for those who wish to settle in Germany on leaving the Armed Forces.
Guido has based it on his own experience of resettlement in 2006. Legislation in
Germany changes regularly and may differ in different states; it is therefore possible
that statements in this Document may be incorrect in the future; if you notice this to be
the case when you plan your resettlement, please inform me by e-mail or telephone
+49 (0)5250 937328 so that we can amend the Document.
Robert Millar, Hon Sec, Royal British Legion Paderborn
When you have 2 years left to serve, you must report to your Unit Resettlement Officer
and apply for; Registration for re settlement services — MOD form 1173. You should
receive your book entitled "Bridging the Gap" this will hold all the information that you
require to start resettlement; it gives a list of all your current entitlements claims
GRT etc. Then you should ask for an interview with your IERO. This interview would
get you started in organising your re settlement courses. It is then up to you to organise
the rest of your courses with the relevant paperwork. Top tip, plan ahead with the
Regimental Forecast of Events in mind as your needs will come second to the
Regiments. Just because you want to book a course, doesn't mean you'll
get it. Be aware of the FOE.
It is at this point that you and your family must now come first. You have given the best
part of your life to Queen and country, now it's payback time. Your superiors may not
be in a position to help you, you are on your own, and you now need to concentrate
on you and the future. Your service does not give you any entitlements in Civvy Street.
Terms of service for those who've served 22 years with the colours (Army)
You will need to check your terms of service, do this with your service record, and
check that the enlistment date and the discharge date make a total of 22 years
(if serving the full notice engagement), if they do not this will have an effect on your
pension. Should the dates not match you will need to apply for an Amendment to terms
of service on AF B2694. Your Sub-Unit clerk will be able to do this for you. It's not
just detention terms that matter; there is the time from when you actually sign on to
when you start basic training.
The taxman is next, write to the address below and inform him of your intentions to
leave the HM Forces and stay in Germany. He in turn will write to you and tell you
your pension forecast, and what payments and how to make these to ensure you receive
your full entitlement at retirement age. This information is also available in Braille,
audiotape and large print.
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When you receive your P45 you need to send parts 3 and 4, to:
South Wales Area Service
You need to ensure that you tell them that the only taxable income you have in the UK
is your pension. So you need to be taxed at the personal rate and not the basic rate.
Once you receive your P60 this needs to be sent off to get a tax return, the first address
in this section.
Ring the child benefits office UK and tell them of your intentions to stay in Germany
after you leave the H M Forces, as you will have to get the full German rate which is
more than the UK. Apply through your local Familienkasse.
The easiest way to satisfy your next employer, should he be German, is to get yourself
the German language certificate (Zertifikat Deutsch). The exam can be taken at your
local VHS the cost as at 2006 was 130 euros. Basic German courses can be taken at the
VHS; they will ensure a pass with your exam.
Once you have started your resettlement you will need to register with the Local
council if you have not already done so. This will allow you to apply for the vetting
and you will receive paperwork back for living and working in Germany, as at 2006
the cost is €15. You can register at the Stadt "Einwohnermeldeamt" your local
Some German employers may ask for a vetting certificate. This is easily obtained
from your local council office, " Führungszeugnis, Der Generalbundesanwalt" the cost
is €25 and will take approximately 2 weeks, so there is no need to apply for this until
you start applying for work.
If there is a period of unemployment from leaving H M Forces to starting work, you
must ensure that you get medical cover, if you try to go onto the family medical
insurance, then your HM Forces pension may be taken into account as an income and
the whole thing gets complicated.
Depending on your circumstance another option is to apply for medical cover from
the UK. You will be applying for E106 medical cover whilst looking for work in
another EU country, and arrangements will be made with the AOK: telephone:
+44 (0)191218 1999, fax :+44 (0)191218 7376 one month before your discharge date;
i.e. once you start your terminal leave. They will only give you cover once H M Forces
have stopped paying you. They will require a copy of your last pay statement, proof of
discharge date (Terms of service) and civilian address details in Germany
(where you will be living). Ensure that you have your E111 NHS card, as you may need
this for a few days whilst waiting for paperwork.
Deregistration and registration from BFG to FRG for your vehicles can be an arduous
task, the only advice for this would be to ensure you get the form 38 for all your
vehicles in plenty of time. You may have to pay tax on any vehicle that you are
bringing onto the German net.
Read everything you are given, you may not think that it is of any use to you but you
may be surprised. It will cost you nothing to read it but may well cost you for not
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Do join your local branch; there are plenty of people to talk to, don't forget they all
have done what you are about to do. This Organisation will be your biggest up to date
pool of knowledge, and excellent for networking.
While serving you are exempt from purchasing a TV/Radio license. This is not the case
when you are discharged. If you don't have a licence, the GEZ will find out from the
military, who are obliged to inform them of service personnel settling in Germany.
Once they know they will back date it and may also fine you in addition.
If you have suffered an injury whilst serving you may be entitled to a war pension on
leaving the HM Forces. The easiest way to do this is to apply through the Royal British
Legion. They will process your claim, and offer advice. They are there to help you,
and they don't have any boxes awaiting ticks. After your final medical, ensure you
obtain permission to photocopy your med docs and receive a printout of all electronic
data with your name on. You may need some of that information whilst claiming for a
war pension. Remember when you joined H M Forces you were fit.
Lohnsteuerkarte, this is your tax classification, which you should apply for during your
termination leave. You need to ensure that you have received the correct tax
classification before you start to live and work on the German economy. You can apply
for your Lohnsteuerkarte from the same establishment where you applied to register to
live in Germany at no charge.
If you wish to apply for local release to work in your last six months then you need to
Headquarters United Kingdom Support Command (Germany)
You will need to go through your unit to ensure that they are willing to let you go.
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