Internal reviews calls for limits on eligibility to comply with SOFA
Press Release as of July 22, 2015
A recent internal review of the Status of Forces Agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany determined that rules regarding patronage at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch were not being met. According to the regulation that defines eligibility for AFRC Resort patronage in Europe (AER600–700), retires residing in Germany are authorized to utilize the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort once they have the proper tax authorizations from the German government.
Retirees or active-duty personnel who do not live in Germany must spend at least 30 days in Europe and have verification of eligibility from the German customs office before they may stay at the resort.
“It is an unfortunate development and we’re so sorry this may limit lodging options for service members and retirees visiting Europe” said Mr. Allman, General Manager of the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, “but we must comply with the SOFA agreement.”
Reservations made prior to June 10, 2015, will be honored. Effective immediately, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort can no longer accept new reservations from CONUS-based active duty and retired personnel. CONUS-based military ID card holders (including retirees) travelling with an authorized sponsor who has been stationed or TDY for more than 30 days in Europe may stay at the resort. Eligible patrons are able to sponsor up to three rooms and must be present during their sponsored guests’ stay.
Note : Eligibility criteria updated/modified June 2015. Please read below for eligibility authorizations that apply to a majority of our guests. Edelweiss Lodge and Resort authorized patrons include active-duty military members in European Command (EUCOM), certain military retirees*, military reservists in EUCOM, national guardsmen in EUCOM, current Department of Defense civilian employees assigned to EUCOM, foreign military currently on orders assigned to a U.S. military installation and the family members of authorized patrons. NATO military members with a USAREUR installation pass and AE Form 600-700 are eligible to stay at the Edelweiss Resort. For more information about NATO access and retirees, please see below.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort patronage is governed by Department of Defense Instruction 1015.10 (Programs for Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) and AE Regulation 600-700 (Identification Cards and Individual Logistical Support). Military sponsors should not reserve additional rooms under their name for other eligible military patrons. A room reserved with multiple sponsors should be reserved based on the highest ranking sponsor. Guests with both retired and civilian status living in Europe, must reserve based on the civilian rank. Room rates may change upon check-in based on sponsors rank. Maximum of three rooms reserved per authorized sponsor.
*For a complete eligibility listing, see AE Regulation 600-700. The AE Regulation 600-700 takes precedence in an event there is a conflict with this listing.
- U.S. military personnel on Active Duty when assigned to or on TDY in EUCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR).
- U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve personnel on AD training in EUCOM for more than 30 days.
- Persons attending a U.S. military academy and assigned to duty in EUCOM AOR.
- Family members of U.S. military personnel on AD when assigned to or on TDY in EUCOM AOR.
- APF and NAF civilian employees working full time in the Army in Europe AOR and their Family members when residing in the same household. This category includes those employees who are on TDY in the Army in Europe AOR for 30 days or more. This also includes seasonal employees at the AFRC for the actual period of their employment.
- Subject to concurrence of the USAREUR JA and the CG, USAREUR, LO; U.S-citizen employees of U.S. Government nonmilitary agencies and their Family members when residing in the same household. The employee must be assigned to and performing full-time duty with U.S. military organizations.
- APF and NAF civilian employees who are on TDY in the Army in Europe AOR for periods less than 30 days or with PCS orders to or from an Army organization in Europe.
- U.S. military personnel and APF and NAF civilian employees assigned to non-Germany locations in Europe or North Africa, and their accompanying dependent Family members during periods when on leave in Germany.
- RC personnel on AD tours for 29 or fewer days (for example, annual training (AT), active duty for training (ADT), active duty for special work (ADSW), temporary tour of active duty (TTAD)).b. and their accompanying family members (Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) facilities should be authorized on AD orders).
- U.S. RC personnel assigned or attached to a troop program unit based in the USEUCOM area of responsibility (AOR) who are performing battle assemblies (BAs) (formerly inactive duty training), rescheduled training (RST), or equivalent training (ET) while in individual mobilization augmentation status or any other duty status under Title 10 of the United States Code. While in a “Title 10 duty status,” these personnel are “members of the force” according to Article I, paragraph 1(a), of the NATO SOFA and their family members.
- Certain DoD contractor personnel, as specified in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 7.
- Members of Household, as defined in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 8.
- American Red Cross personnel, as specified in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 9.
- USO and ISS personnel, as specified in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 10.
- Unaccompanied Family members (including widows and widowers), as specified in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 11.
- Retired U.S. military personnel who are residing in Germany, veterans who are 100-percent disabled and are residing in Germany and their accompanying eligible dependent Family members.
- Retired Reserve U.S. military personnel and their accompanying eligible dependent Family members who reside in Germany.
- NATO military and civilian personnel assigned to IMH and activities and their Family members, as specified in AE Regulation 600-700, Chapter 17.
- Persons from Belgium, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, including persons who are assigned to Sending State missions of those countries and who are performing liaison functions with military missions in Germany and are accredited to the CDRUSEUCOM, the CG, USAREUR, or the COMUSAFE and their accompanying family members. Belgian, British, Canadian, Dutch, and French personnel assigned to Germany as members of the force or members of the civilian component, or on TDY in Germany and their Family members.
- U.S. and other NATO-country citizens (excluding German national personnel) employed exclusively by credit unions who are compensated in U.S. dollars and not ordinarily resident in the host nation and their accompanying Family members.
- Specifically invited guests accompanied by an authorized patron.
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