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USAG Bavaria

Location: United States Army Garrison (USAG) Bavaria consists of Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch, which are located in beautiful Bavaria. This page's information is for Tower and Rose Barracks (Grafenwoehr and Vilseck); Hohenfels and Garmisch have their own MilitaryINSTALLATIONS page. Tower and Rose Barracks are located about 60 miles northeast of Nuernberg. Tower and Rose Barracks command, control, support, operate and enable mission and readiness of stationed and rotational units while caring for people and providing the highest quality training environment for the European theater of operations. 

Cost of Living: The Cost of Living for the immediate area is one of the lower ones in Germany.

Base Operator: 011-49-711-680-113 or DSN 314-430-1110

Population: of Tower Barracks numbers approximately 15,500 and Rose Barracks approximately 12,500.

Area Population:  The town of Grafenwoehr has a population of about 6,500 and Vilseck has about 6,000. Grafenwoehr is part of the county of Neustadt and der Waldnaab with a total population of about 95,000 and Vilseck's county Amberg-Sulzbach numbers a population of about 103,500. There are two close-by cities, Amberg and Weiden with a population of over 40,000 each.

Base Transportation: There is a free shuttle bus service available between Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks with stops at the various Housing areas within the local villages.

Child Care:   Families who will be moving into the community can expect a 0-1 month wait for childcare. Before leaving your current duty station, families (especially Single and Dual Military) are encouraged to notify Central Registration to place their children on the Protected Waiting List. Upon arrival in Germany, families on the waiting list will be given first priority to place children into programs.  The community has a Child Development Center and some Family Child Care homes. Child Care Options Available: Full-time child care, Part-day Preschool and toddler (two day, three day, or four-day program), hourly care (may be used to 25 hours per week).

Schools:  Tower and Rose Barracks have three Elementary schools (K-5), one High school and one Middle school. There is one each Elementary school located in Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg and Vilseck. Middle School students (grades 6-8) from Grafenwoehr and Vilseck attend Middle School in Netzaberg. High School students (grades 9-12) attend High School in Vilseck. School bus transportation is provided for all school age children.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School
Vilseck American High School (VAHS)
Vilseck Elementary School
Netzaberg Middle School

Youth Services:  Youth Services include a Youth Employment program; Youth Sports; Middle School/Teen Center; SKIESUnlimited; Youth Sponsorship; School Age Services and Leisure Activities.  For more information contact 011-49-9662-83-2670.

Army Community Service: Army Community Service provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle.  For more information call 011-49-9641-83-8371 or 011-49-9662-83-2650. Please visit us on Facebook. 

Housing: Tower and Rose Barracks have government quarters on post and Built-to-Lease quarters off post available to all active duty personnel with command sponsorship. The average waiting period is 4 weeks for on-post apartments, and 4-6 weeks for a duplex or townhouse in the 3 or 4 bedroom category. 

Soldiers and their families may live on post or in leased/private rental housing on the local economy. Government controlled quarters consist of government owned and leased. There are currently over 1300 government controlled quarters that are located both on post and throughout the local area. Quarters are divided into the following categories, with the approximate waiting period category bedroom count number of quarters waiting period.  For further information call 011-49-9641-83-7196.

Employment: The process of seeking and obtaining employment overseas is similar to seeking employment in the States; however, the availability of jobs is much more limited. It is recommended to start looking for employment opportunities and applying for open positions one or two months prior to arrival in Germany. Volunteering is also a good way to start your employment search.

Post Services: 

Medical Services:  The Rose Barracks U.S. Army medical services include family practice, immunizations, physical exams, acute care with trauma room, well woman and well-baby exams, Exceptional Family Member Program screening, optometry, physical therapy, hearing testing, pharmacy, X-ray and laboratory services.

Tower Barracks Health Clinic capabilities include: care of adults, children, and infants including treatment of acute and chronic illness, minor injuries, lacerations, training and sports injuries. Soldier Medical Readiness including physical exams, hearing conservation, immunizations, and aviation medicine. Women's health care including well woman exams, Pap smears, and contraceptive counseling. Preventive health care including well baby visits, school and sports physicals, adult physical exams, and preventive health screening and counseling. Immunizations for infants, children, and adults. Minor surgical procedures including vasectomies and infant circumcision. Treatment  of dermatologic conditions and excision of skin lesions. Radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy services. Health information and education.

There are several German hospitals in the area: Amberg at 011-49-9621-380; Sulzbach-Rosenberg at 011-49-9661-5200; Weiden at 011-49-961-303-0.

Special Installation Messages:

  • The Grafenwoehr and Vilseck area is known for its pollen in the spring and dust year round. People with allergies should be prepared.
  • Germany has strict laws concerning the ownership of "fighting dogs". Bavaria prohibits the ownership of these dogs and imposes strict fines against violators. These rules apply to all Americans serving in Europe.

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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