The Swiss Armed Forces

Swiss Armed Forces - Organisation and Structure

The Defence sector is an organisation of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS.

Senior staff officers

Senior staff officers are career officers in the rank of brigadier, major general or lieutenant general.

Chief of the Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Sussli is responsible for the leadership and the development of the Swiss Armed Forces. He heads the Department’s defence sector and is directly subordinate to the head of the...

The history of the Swiss Army

The origins of the Swiss Army date back to the late Middle Ages. The militia army founded on general national conscription is relatively young by comparison.