Supreme Military Commander of the Bundesheer
|Supreme Military Commander of the Bundesheer
Inhaber der Befehls- und Verfügungsgewalt über das Bundesheer
|Austrian Armed Forces|
|Style||Herr. Bundesminister |
|Status||Supreme commanding authority|
|Member of||National Defence Council|
|Reports to||President of Austria (officially)|
|Constituting instrument||Federal Constitutional Law |
|Precursor||Emperor of Austria as supreme commander of the Armed Forces of Austria-Hungary|
|Website||bundesheer.at (in English) |
bundesheer.at (in German)
The Supreme Military Commander of the Bundesheer (German: Inhaber der Befehls- und Verfügungsgewalt) has command and control over the Austrian Armed Forces (German: Bundesheer), a position vested in the Minister of Defence. This position is given to the Defence Minister with article 80 of the Federal Constitutional Law and paragraph 3 of the Wehrgesetz of Austria.
The right to command and control the Bundesheer is subject to the Minister, as long as it is not subject to the Federal President (which is the nominal commander-in-chief). In practice however the President can never really command and control the armed forces and thus the Minister always stays the supreme commanding authority.
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