NATO SOFA forms the basis of the legal status of military personnel, U.S. civilian employees, and family members who live in Germany by order. As part of an additional amendment, German staff also enjoy privileges that are not granted to other members of the service deployed elsewhere in Europe. These agreements cover status, entry and exit from the host country, military training in the territory of the host country, jurisdiction, criminal prosecution, taxes, import and export laws, driving privileges, employment, post, education, housing and much more. Think carefully about your decision to get married or divorced during your country. Marriage and divorce in Germany can be very different from those in the United States, marriage or divorce documents cannot be easily transferred or enforced between German authorities and different states in the United States. Any divorce, whether abroad or in the United States, can be very complicated and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for maintenance, child support, division of marital property and attorney fees. Former spouses could apply for a court order for money, call your commander to enforce a separation agreement, or an obligation under military rules to support families. As the Law Center cannot represent staff in the event of a divorce, you must hire a German lawyer. The most important multilateral agreement is the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, which applies between NATO partners to operations on the territory of other NATO countries. States participating in NATO`s Partnership for Peace (PfP) may accede to the PPF Troop Maintenance Agreement of 19 June 1995 (BGBl. 1998 II p.1340). This agreement extends the scope of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement to operations in PfP partner countries.
Military operations under the auspices of the European Union will now be subject to the EU Status of Troops Agreement, signed on 17 November 2003 in Brussels by representatives of the Member States and ratified by Germany in June 2005. The SOFA agreement is complemented by another agreement specifically for the six NATO countries (including Great Britain and the United States) that have a permanent military presence in Germany, the Supplementary Agreement (or SA). The SOFA was signed in 1951 and the SA was signed in 1959 and last updated in 1998 at the end of the Cold War. With its 83 articles, the SA to SOFA is much more detailed than SOFA itself (with 20 articles in Roman numerals – z.B XX), and most often it is confused with the SOFA itself. Some items are rationed because a separate agreement between Britain and Germany explicitly limits the amount of cigarettes and tobacco, whiskey, gin and coffee a person can buy duty-free, which is why your NAAFI ration card must be filled out every time you buy these products. In order not to exceed the allowance of these goods, they can also not be purchased tax-free in external stores: for example, if you make your weekly purchases at REWE with a tax free form, you can not buy rationed items (for example. B a glass of coffee or a pack of cigarettes) as part of your tax-exempt “Big Shops”. Please remember that if rationed items are included on obtaining a larger tax-free purchase, the tax must be refunded on the entire purchase (yes, the total amount of weekly purchases!), not just on the rationed item, and you may be subject to disciplinary action. The presence of troops from NATO countries stationed in Germany on the basis of a special agreement, the NATO Position of Forces Agreement (SOFA) of 19 June 1951 (Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Status of their Armed Forces, BGBl. 1961 II p.1190) and the SOFA Additional Agreement of 3 August 1959 (Agreement supplementing the Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Position of their Forces on foreign armed forces stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany, BGBl.
1961 II p.1218]. . . .