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Supreme Military Commander of the Bundesheer

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Supreme Military Commander of the Bundesheer
Inhaber der Befehls- und Verfügungsgewalt über das Bundesheer
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Mario Kunasek

since 18 December 2017
Austrian Armed Forces
StyleHerr. Bundesminister
StatusSupreme commanding authority
Member ofNational Defence Council
Reports toPresident of Austria (officially)
ResidenceRossauer Barracks
Constituting instrumentFederal Constitutional Law
PrecursorEmperor of Austria as supreme commander of the Armed Forces of Austria-Hungary
Websitebundesheer.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[1] and paragraph 3 of the Wehrgesetz[2] 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.

See also[edit]

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Chief of the General Staff (Austria)

External links[edit]


  1. "Art. 80 B-VG". www.jusline.at (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. "Wehrgesetz 2001 - WG 2001". www.ris.bka.gv.at (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-05-26.

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