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Location:  U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Rheinland-Pfalz is the Army's installation support organization in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the city hosting the largest presence of American armed forces outside of the United States. Kaiserslautern is 80 miles southwest of Frankfurt, Germany and 295 miles northeast of Paris, France.  USAG Rheinland-Pfalz is the support agency for all army installations in the operations area. USAG Rheinland-Pfalz homepage.

Cost of Living: High compared to the U.S. average

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

Population: 43,707 military members, family members and DoD civilians

Area Population:  approximately 100,000

Base Transportation:  Military Transportation is provided between Kleber, Vogelweh, and Landstuhl.

Child Care:  The United States Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Parent Central Services office assists parents in finding childcare for children 6 weeks to 5th grade. The Central Enrollment office offers resource and referral services and can assist families in finding on and off post childcare options to meet each family's individual childcare needs. For more information contact 011-49-631-536- 4516/4517/4122 or DSN 314-493-4516/4517/4122.

Schools:  There are 11 schools located in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. This is the largest American school system outside the Continental United States, which is operated by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS). Contact the School Liaison Officer for information on a smooth transition. Also, youth sponsors are available to provide information to youth transitioning to the community. Please contact the School Liaison if a sponsor is to be requested.

Vogelweh Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Ramstein Elementary School (Grades K-2)
Ramstein Intermediate School (Grades 3 – 5)
Ramstein Middle School
Ramstein High School
Sembach Elementary School (Grades K-3)
Sembach Middle School (Grades 4 – 8)
Kaiserslautern High School
Kaiserslautern Elementary School
Kaiserslautern Middle School
Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School

Youth Services:  KMC Youth Centers offer many programs especially for teens. These include sponsorship, teen councils, computer labs, fashion shows, dances, and other special events. Each location has a separate building dedicated for teen use only. For more information contact 011-49-631-3406-4516/4517/4122 or DSN 493-4516/4517/4122.

Army Community Service: Army Community Service provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle, 011-49 631-3406-4203 or DSN 314-493-4203.  The following flyers provide more information on programs and services offered:

  • ACS Program Overview
  • Sponsorship Training
  • Relocation Readiness Overview
  • Smooth Move
  • Lending Closet
  • Culture College
  • Hello America!
  • Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Conversational German

Housing: There are several locations where military family housing is located in Kaiserslautern, Ramstein AB, Landstuhl and Vogelweh are all within 15 to 30 minutes drive of each other .  Most all of our government housing was built in the 1950s as stairwell-type units. Each building houses either 18 or 24 families. One parking space for each unit is reserved; additional spaces for a second car are limited. For more information contact the Housing Office, 011-49-536-6671/6672 or DSN 314-489-6671/6672.

Employment: Within the commuting area, federal job opportunities are available through Civilian Personnel Offices located at Kleber Kaserne and Ramstein Air Base. Jobs range from administrative to clerical to professional. Economy employment options are also available to family members. Jobs available on the economy are normally sales or clerical positions.

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Medical Services:  Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is the largest Healthcare center outside of the U.S. and the only American tertiary hospital in Europe. It provides primary care, tertiary care, hospitalization and treatment for U.S. military personnel and their families within the European Command. LRMC is also the evacuation and treatment center for injured U.S. servicemembers and contractors as well as members of 44 coalition forces serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as Africa Command, Central Command, European Command and Pacific Command.   

Special Installation Messages:

  • There are several dogs that come under the dangerous dogs law and they are not permitted to be bought into country.
  • For all Military traveling to OCONUS and within Europe: Please ensure to travel in civilian attire.

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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