General Information 


Students will report in the foyer of their accommodation (Staufer Kaserne), or wherever decided for the specific course, usually at 1900 hrs on the day preceeding the course start date for a reception brief and initial administration, be prepared to perform the English test after that or on the first day of the course. The presentation is usually in civilian clothes, if not specified differently by the involved Training Branch. Military transportation is provided during the reporting day, if this has been requested through the respective SNO one week in advance.


Courses, begin normally on Sunday at 1900 hrs and end on Friday. There may be exceptions on those courses, whose duration may be extended in case ranges are not available due to unforeseen reasons. Course start and end times can be found in the appropriate Course Descriptions in the Joining Instructions available at the Sending Unit and/or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).


Students failing any entry test (fitness, navigation, shooting or language) may be returned to their units. In addition, students are expected to maintain the highest standard of military discipline (on and off duty) and may be withdrawn from a course at any time should it become apparent that they are unfit, are deemed a safety hazard, display a bad attitude or do not meet academic standards.


Barracks rooms are available on the Kaserne. Late arrivals may obtain the key to their accommodation from the guard at the main gate.


Student meals are provided in the Dining Hall (A5) in front of the HQ building.

Operating Hours:


        • Breakfast: 0640-0700 hrs.
        • Lunch: 1140-1210 hrs.
        • Dinner: 1700-1730 hrs.


        • Breakfast: 0700-0800 hrs.
        • Lunch: 1130-1230 hrs.
        • Dinner: Pre-packed meal issued during lunch time


On Post Training

Students will be issued a meal card during in-processing. Students will need to have sufficient Euro on hand to pay for their meals for the entire duration of their course. This money will be paid to the German Paymaster when activating the meal card. Students have the opportunity to choose whether they want use the on-post dining facility or not. Any unused money remaining on the cards at the completion of the course will be reimbursed to the student.

The actual costs for meals are:

          • Breakfast: € 1.70
          • Lunch: € 3.17
          • Dinner: € 3.17

Field Training

Meals are obligatory and provided by the Bundeswehr (German Army) at the above stated rate, per day.

Additionally, a cantina (Soldiers Mess / Mannschaftsheim) operates within the barracks (Building A5). Operating Hours:

      • Mon-Thu: 0800-1315 hrs & 1630-2200 hrs.
      • Friday: 0800-1300 hrs.
      • Saturday: Closed.
      • Sunday: 1900-2130 hrs.


There is no money exchange facility in the barracks. The closest bank is Volksbank Pfullendorf on Heiligenbergerstr. (800m from the main gate). Operating hours are: Mon – Fri 0815-1215 hrs and 1400-1630 hrs (Thurs until 1800 hrs). Most local banks have automated teller machines (ATM); card acceptance varies. Local stores and restaurants rarely take credit cards.

Operating hours are: Mon – Fri 0815-1215 hrs and 1400-1630 hrs.

On Thursday the bank stays open until 1800 hrs. Other banks in Pfullendorf are Sparkasse and Volksbank Bad Saulgau. Banks have automated teller machines (ATM). Acceptance of cards varies. Local stores and restaurants rarely take credit cards.



All students MUST carry the following items all the time:

    • Military Identity Card/Passport
    • NATO Travel Orders (not applicable for DEU personnel)
    • Identity Tags
    • Medical Insurance Card (if applicable) or E111 format (for EU nations)
    • Security Clearance Verification/Certificate (if required, see each course detail)
    • Medical Certificates to be brought from units (if required, see each course detail)
    • Other required Certificates (as required, see each course detail)


ISTC will provide weapons and ammunition for CQB, Sniper and Advanced Sniper Courses. Students at Advanced Sniper Courses are highly encouraged to bring their own weapons and ammunition for these courses (see course descriptions).


Nationally approved uniforms and equipment will be worn during all training (see each course annex for details). Civilian clothing and sport kit are suggested for spare time activities. Students must ensure their equipment is serviceable. Students traveling by air should take extra care to have at least one complete duty uniform and boots available on the first day of their course in case their luggage is lost. In the event of lost luggage, have the carrier ship it to:

Rank____ Name_________________ Nation _____ Course Name _________
International Special Training Center
Staufer Kaserne
Kasernenstr. 20, 88630 Pfullendorf


Students should bring sufficient personal hygiene items to last the duration of the course.
Laundry facilities for students are available at no cost (detergent not included).


The gym is located in building U2

0700-1100 ISTC 0700-2100 OPEN TO ALL
1200-1600 OPEN TO ALL 1100-1200 CLEANING
1600-1800 ISTC Staff Members and Students
1800-2100 OPEN TO ALL


Students must be up to date on all mandatory inoculations and be medically cleared to attend ISTC courses (except SOTG Ops Plans and MA). Students must bring the completed and signed medical certificate found in Annex M, Part 1. This document must be signed by a Medical Officer or, in extenuating or mitigating circumstances, the student’s Commanding Officer may do so.

Students attending the Conduct After Capture course must also bring the certificates found in Annex M, Part 2 stating that they are both, physically and mentally capable of sustaining Conduct after Capture training. Additionally, Part 1 of the medical certificate needs to state whether they have had previous hot or cold weather injuries.

Students attending the AMFR, ACSC, TCCC and TCCC Train the Trainer Courses must also bring a signed medical certificate verifying they are HIV, Hepatitis B and C negative. This certificate should not be older than 3 months (See Annex I, Enclosures 1 and 2).


FSME (Early Mengingoencephalitis a.k.a. CEE Central European Encephalitis). Caused by so-called arbo (= arthropod borne) viruses encephalitis and Mingo encephalitis developing. FSME can involve the risk of permanent neurological damage. Effective protection by vaccination is possible by means of active and/or passive immunization.

      • Active Immunization. (For long-term protection) By four injections to be administered in certain intervals. Suitable only for personnel staying in Southern Germany/South East Europe for a longer time. Suitable only for permanent staff.
      • Passive Immunization. (Protects for three months approx.) By injection of a specific immune globulin that may be administered as much as four days after the tick bite. Suitable for personnel staying in the risk area of a short time (i.e. students).

Lime Borreliosis a.k.a. Lyme Disease. Infection disease caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria which develops in certain stages affecting the skin, joints, the heart and the Central Nervous System (CNS) involving the risk of permanent late damage. Initial manifestation of the disease enabling early diagnosis by skin infection developing at first around the location of the bite. Can be treated very well by administration of suitable antibiotic in appropriate quantity.


Additional Information: More information about ISTC Courses can be found on the NSHQ Federation of SOF Training Centers and Opportunities (FSTCO) Web site:


ISTC XO/Also POC for non-MOU nations
Phone: +49 (0) 7552-405-2101

POC for Students

Phone: +49 (0) 7552-4052105
Fax: +49 (0) 7552-4052108


ISTC Address and General Contact Information:

Kasernenstrasse 20