Category Archives: Legal Issues


Status of Forces Agreement: Tax relief in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Supplementary agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement affords some tax breaks to personnel under orders to be in Germany.    Department of Defense personnel stationed in or temporarily assigned to Europe may be eligible to use the U.S. Forces Tax-Relief Program to avoid paying…

October 23rd, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Provost Marshal Minute: Using a phone while driving will earn you a suspension

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   No matter what installation you call home, all installations across our Army prohibit the use of mobile devices while operating a vehicle.    Here in Bavaria, using a cell phone without a hands free device for talking, texting or for taking photographs will earn you…

October 11th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

U.S. Consulate Frankfurt at Tower Barracks Oct. 18; schedule appointment today

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Representatives with the U.S. Consulate Frankfurt will be on Tower Barracks, Friday, Oct. 18, from 8-11:45 a.m.   They will be accepting Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (eCRBA) and tourist passport applications.   The eCRBA applications must be completed and paid for no later than Oct.…

September 30th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

Adult air travelers need REAL ID-compliant ID by Oct. 2020 to fly within U.S.

  Transportation Security Administration news release   Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.   Military IDs and DOD dependent ID cards are acceptable forms of ID.  …

September 16th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Status of Forces Agreement: What is it and who is eligible

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overseas move with the military can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to rights, responsibilities and individual logistic support in a new country. Understanding how the Status of Forces Agreement affects you, as well as some basic differences in law between the U.S. and Germany, will…

September 16th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Provost Marshal Minute: Register your POV and report accidents

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   Remember – while here in Germany, you must have all of your Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) registered at all times.     You must register your vehicle in one of two statuses: either as OPERATIONAL or NON-OPERATIONAL.     Plan, prepare and take care of…

September 15th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Pet-Owners: What you need to know when PCS-ing out of USAG Bavaria

Bavaria Branch Veterinary Services   PCS-ing is incredibly stressful, which is only compounded by ensuring your children and pets have what they need prior to travel. Your on-post veterinary treatment facility (VTF) is here to help you.   It’s important to call us months in advance with any questions so…

September 3rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Travel

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Three types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

July 23rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

ANALYSIS: Disasters are going to cost you more

  Editor’s note: Tom Janis is the Emergency Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This is his contribution and analysis.   Imagine there was widespread damage from a natural catastrophe while serving overseas and the U.S. Army refused to pay or render aid. Unfathomable? Well, get ready Army.   Effective…

July 1st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Deadline to transfer GI Bill benefits is July 12

  Original article by Devon L. Suits, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — Soldiers with over 16 years of service who want to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill to a dependent must do so before July 12, or risk losing the ability to transfer education benefits.   Last year, the…

June 19th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, School News