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ISTC - International Special Training Centre


The International Special Training Centre provides tactical training for Special Operations Forces (SOF) in order to increase capability, capacity, and interoperability among the nine signatory nations  as well as other NATO Allies and Partners. 

ISTC member nations—which include Germany, Belgium, Greece, the U.S., Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania and Turkey — jointly fund and operate the training center located at the Staufer Kaserne in Pfullendorf, Germany. 

What We Do

Special Operations Forces play a crucial role in modern warfare. Consistently, Special Forces units are employed in multinational operations. That's why the International Special Training Centre employs an experienced and dedicated group of multinational instructors to ensure that ISTC students strengthen interoperability while training on the advanced skills needed in the 21st century Special Operations environment.


Official Mailing Address:
Unit 30401
APO, AE 09107-0401


German Postal Address:
Staufer Kaserne
Kasernenstrasse 20
88630 Pfullendorf, DE




Official ISTC Website

Our Capabilities

The ISTC uses multiple training areas to conduct their courses, including classrooms, training facilities and ranges located on Staufer Kaserne and in the immediate local area, and elsewhere in Europe. Additionally, the ISTC also uses facilities at the 7th ATC in Grafenwoher and Hohenfels, approximately four hours away.


As a one-of-a-kind, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) organization, ISTC's working group jointly identifies suitable training courses for Special Forces - in consideration of multinational missions and member nation requirements. Based on existing requirements, as unanimously confirmed by the working group, the ISTC currently conducts ten SOF training courses.

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  • From the US: 011-49-7552-405-XXXX
  • DSN from the US: (314) 537-XXXX


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