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USAG Baumholder

Location:  The United States Army Garrison (USAG) Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder, affectionately known as "The Rock" is set in the wooded hills of the Western Palatinate in the German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz. USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder plans and executes force protection operations, deployment support operations, garrison support operations and German-American relations to sustain Soldier, Civilian and Family well-being and readiness. For the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder homepage please visit

Cost of Living: Relatively high compared to the U.S. average

Base Operator: 011-49-6783-6113 or DSN 314-531-1110

Population:  3,000 Soldiers; 4,500 Military Family Members; 360 Civilian Family Members; and 110 U.S. Retires

Area Population:  4,200

Base Transportation:  Community shuttle bus service is provided for on duty U.S. military and civilian personnel. Off duty personnel and family members may use this service on a space-available basis. The buses run Monday through Friday (except on U.S. holidays) between Baumholder (Smith Barracks, Clinic Kaserne and Wetzel Housing), and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Child Care:  Throughout Child, Youth and School Services (CYS) programs you will find competent, trained and caring people working with your children. Our CYS caregivers and Family Child Care (FCC) providers are trained on a continuing basis in child development, health, safety and early childhood education. Management personnel are trained early childhood professionals and are also trained in child care administration. CYS staff are all here to provide your child with an on-going, creative and developmental learning program and look forward to establishing a partnership with your family in meeting your child care needs.

All CYS programs are certified by the Department of Defense and have been accredited by the National Academy for Early Childhood Programs or the National Association for Afterschool Care. School age and youth programs are affiliated with the 4-H Club and Boys and Girls Club of America and provide opportunities for leadership and growth. For further information call 011-49-6783-6-7003.

Schools:  There are no authorized public schools in Germany. The Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) system is the only authorized method of instruction for military dependents. There is one elementary school in Baumholder on Smith and one Junior/Senior High School located in Baumholder on Wetzel Kaserne.

Youth Services:  USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder CYS is staffed with early childhood educators and youth professionals committed to serving military members, civilians and their families in the Baumholder, Neubreuke and Strassburg communities. Our programs are certified by the Department of Defense and have been accredited by the National after school Association (NAA). SAS, Middle School/Teen Program and Youth Sports are available. For further information call 011-49-6783-66810.

Army Community Service: Army Community Service at USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder, 2008 winner of the best midsize Garrison ACS in the Army, is a full service Family Center that provides comprehensive assistance to Soldiers, civilians and families alike. Whether you have a question or need more in depth assistance we are the "one-stop shop" you are looking for. Our calendar of events varies monthly as do our classes to meet as many needs as possible. You can monitor these publications via our website or our facebook page to ensure you don't miss any of our informative classes and events. For further information contact 011-49-611-143-531-2850.

Housing: On-Post housing is available to Soldiers in the ranks of PVT-SPC with command sponsored dependents serving an accompanied 36 month tour, or who are enrolled in the military couples program. Soldiers in the rank of E-5 and E-6 with command sponsored dependents will have the option to move into on-post housing or off-post housing. All Soldiers in the ranks of E-7 and above, except for those designated Key and Essential, will reside off post. Single Soldiers in the ranks of PVT-SSG will reside in the barracks. Waiting time for on-post family housing varies from 1 to 12 weeks depending on bedroom requirements. 1-2 days after arrival, Soldiers and their families will proceed to the housing office where they will be presented with housing options and wait times. Currently USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder offers limited handicap accessible housing on post. Individuals who require fully accessible housing may be best accommodated in private housing on the German Economy.

Employment: Baumholder is a challenging environment for spouses seeking employment. At times, job openings are limited with many applicants. It is common for some applicants to wait 6 months or longer to gain a job commensurate with their education and experience. The federal government is the largest employer, but there are usually more applicants than there are federal positions. Appropriated Fund positions are limited and may be available for those with career status or hiring preferences. Non-appropriated positions are more plentiful.

Private employment on the German economy is not impossible; however, it is difficult for most Americans. There are many American companies with franchises in this area. Some of them do hire Americans, but for the most part they are a German branch of the corporation and employ and work under the German work/tax system. Unless a person has a good command of the German language, it is difficult to gain employment on the economy. For information about Home Based Business opportunities or more information about employment in the Baumholder area, please contact the ACS Employment Readiness Program at 011-49-611-143-531-2850.

Post Services: 

Medical Services:  Baumholder, like most military installations in Europe, maintains a clinic on the installation itself. For specialty care in an American facility, we are approximately 40 minutes from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), the largest military medical facility in Europe. LRMC offers state of the art medical specialties. To complement our services, we enjoy a close association with neighboring German hospitals; however, the closest Emergency Care is located in Idar-Oberstien, approximately 25 minutes away. For more information contact 011-049-6783-68080.

Special Installation Messages: 

  • The NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) requires that dependent members of the U.S. Forces and DoD civilians and their dependents be identified as such in their passports. This identification is commonly called a "SOFA Identification Certificate."
  • There are travel restrictions on pets coming to Germany. If you have a dog that may be considered a "dangerous breed," contact Baumholder Veterinary Service at 011-49-06371-9464-1200, DSN 314-590-1200 for current information prior to departing the U.S. All pets must have rabies shot not less than 30 days and no more than 12 months prior to their arrival date. In addition, the pet must have a health certificate from a veterinarian that is no more than 10 days old and must be micro-chipped before arriving.
  • Military Personnel Division: Reassignments phone 011-49-611-143-531-2411; Lead MPD Specialist phone 011-49-611-143-531-2401; Actions phone 011-49-611-143-531-2414.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

  • The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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