Ranks in the German Federal Armed Forces

the designations of the ranks in the German Federal Armed Forces are determined by the Federal President (§ 4 exp. 2 S. 1 national service act). The federal pay regulation assigns them salary brackets . The soldier career regulation regulates the transports of soldiers. The joint service regulation 64/10 - abbreviations in the German Federal Armed Forces(- open) determines the abbreviations and the abbreviations in list format.

The ranks were divided into the three careers: Crews, NCOs and officers. The careers of NCOs and officers are again in grade categories subdivided.

The designations of the ranks are in the armed services army and Air Forceidentically. The NCOs and officers of the navy as well as the officers of the Sanitätsdienstes have other rank designations.

Female soldiers are marked by the additive (w ), for example: Junior sergeant (w). The use for instance a form Obergefreite is wrong, the same applies to staff lady doctor.

Active soldiers andReservists, who hit the reserve officer training as crew or NCO ranks, lead the abbreviation “(ROA)” (for reserve officer candidates) behind their rank, which finds however only in the correspondence and not when responding use. Shoulder straps (at the service uniform) and rank loops (at the field suit) show further only the rank without additive.

After thatSeparate from the active service relationship lead former soldiers, as long as they are subject to the military service, the designation D. R. ( the reserve) behind the rank reached last. Former career soldiers lead the designation A. D. (out of service) behind their rank. Are outwardly recognizableReservist under normal conditions not. In the context of active duty trainings and so-called. Official meetings of the freiwilligen, beorderungsunabhängigen reservist work have it the status of a soldier and to carry the same uniform.

Separated soldiers (including reservists) can request a uniform carrying permission (UTE), over e.g. with festive events (wedding, receipts on the people mourning day,To be allowed to carry federation meetings of the reservist federation etc.) uniform. In these cases they must put on however the marking for former soldiers, who at army and Air Force consist of a black-red-golden cord, which is to be carried at the shoulder straps/rank loops, and/or. at the navy the form of a golden“R” has and on the shoulder straps and/or. at the jacket sleeve to carry is.


The additive UA marks a U of nteroffizier A more nwärter, the additive COMPANY an F eldwebel A more nwärter, the additive OAU an O of ffizier A more nwärter and SanOA a San itäts o of ffizier Amore nwärter. Frequently at the navy the additive UA is replaced by mA, which M aaten A more nwärter meant; the additive COMPANY by BA, for B ootsmann A more nwärter.

In addition it gives additionally beside the reserve officer candidates also the designations to reserve mark Web energy attendants or reserve NCO candidates. This designates activeSimilarly to soldiers and reservists as the reserve officers in a career as a reservist are interested.

These training address themselves primarily to basic military service conscript (GWDL) in the context of the reserve NCO training or on voluntarily military service conscript (FWDL), who is interested in a reserve mark weaving louse formation. The training ends thereby in each case at the endthe active service with the transport to the NCO of the reserve and/or. Sergeants of the reserve, here apply the same Beförderungsvorraussetzungen and times as with active soldiers. Thus 12 months since entrance into the German Federal Armed Forces transport to the NCO D. R. and/or. 36 months after entrance into thoseGerman Federal Armed Forces transport to the sergeant D. R.

Also reservist those as crew ranks to dismiss, can in the context of active duty trainings these training continuously if it at a troop unit mobbeordert are thus its service post a rank of the respective grade category plans.

Table of contents

of ranks

indicated are always in each case paying after federal pay regulation (BBesO) and appropriate NATO rank code.

army/Air Force

of generals of the army/the Air Force
general
gene/GENE
lieutenant general
GenLt/GL
(field execution)
major general
GenMaj/GM
Brigadier General
BrigGen/BG
(field execution)
B10/OF-9 B9/OF-8 B7/OF-7 B6/OF-6
of staff officers of the army/the Air Force
Colonel
Colonel/O
lieutenant colonel
OberstLt/OTL
major
Maj/M
(field execution)
A16-B3/OF-5 A14-A15/OF-4 A13/OF-3
of main people and second lieutenants of the army/the Air Force
staff captain
StHptm/sports club
captain
Hptm/H
first lieutenant
/OL second lieutenant
Lt
/L A13/OF-2
A11-A12/OF-2 A10/OF-1b A9/OF-1a of NCOs
with Portepee of the army/the Air Force upper Csm
OStFw
/OSF Csm
StFw
/SF (
field execution) oils
cw2
(officer candidates)
OFähnr/OFR
main sergeants
HptFw/HF
technical sergeants
OFw/OF
wo1
(officer candidates)
Fähnr/FR
Sergeants
L.G./F
A9Z/OR-9 A9/OR-8 A8Z/OR-7b A8Z/OR-7a A7Z/OR-6 A7/OR-6 A7/OR-6
of NCOs without Portepee of the army/the Air Force
junior sergeant
StUffz/CSU
(field execution)
Fahnenjunker
(officer candidates)
Fhj/FJ
NCO
Uffz/U
A6-A7/OR-5c A5/OR-5b A5/OR-5a
crews of the army/the Air Force
upper staff private first class
OStGefr/OSG
staff private first classes
StGefr/SG
(field execution)
main private first class
HptGefr/Hg
upper private first class
OGefr/OG
A5Z/OR-4b A5/OR-4a A4Z/OR-3b A4/OR-3a
private first class
(officer candidate)
Gefr OAU /G OAU
private first class
(NCO candidate)
Gefr UA/G UA
(field execution)
private first class
Gefr/G
soldier
(designation depending upon branch of service)
S
A3Z/OR-2c A3Z/OR-2b A3Z/OR-2a To A3/OR-1

navy

of admirals of the German navy
the symbols of the different careers one finds admiral
Adm
Vice Admiral
VAdm
countering admiral
KAdm
flotilla admiral
FltlAdm
B10/OF-9
B9/OF-8 B7/OF-7 B6/OF-6 of staff officers
of the German navy
the symbols of the different careers finds one here captain
here to sea
zS commander
FKpt
lieutenant commander
KKpt
A16/OF-5
A14/OF-4 A13/OF-3 of main people
and second lieutenants of the German navy
the symbols of the different careers one finds staff captain second lieutenant StKptLt
captain second lieutenant
KptLt
first lieutenant
to Kpt
to sea oils
zS second lieutenant
here to sea
Lt zS
A13/OF-2 A11-A12/OF-2 A10/OF-1b A9/OF-1a
of NCOs with Portepee thatOne finds
here upper staff boat man OStBtsm staff boat man StBtsm cw2 to German navy

the anchors

of the different
use rows to sea
(officer candidate)
OFähnr zS
main boat man
HptBtsm
upper boat man
OBtsm
wo1 to sea
(officer candidate)
Fähnr zS
Bootsmann
Btsm
A9Z/OR-9 A9/OR-8 A8Z/OR-7b A8Z/OR-7a A7Z/OR-6 A7/OR-6 A7/OR-6
of NCOs without Portepee of the German navy
the anchors of the different use rows one finds here
upper leading seaman
OMaat, Oberarm
upper leading seaman
OMaat, Schulter
sea-cadet
(officer candidate)
to SKad, upper arm
sea-cadet
(officer candidate)
SKad, shoulder
A6-A7/OR-5c A6-A7/OR-5c A5/OR-5b A5/OR-5b
leading seaman
(boat man candidate)
leading seaman BA, upper arm
leading seaman
(boat man candidate)
leading seaman BA, shoulder
leading seaman
leading seaman, upper arm
leading seaman
leading seaman, shoulder
A5/OR-5a A5/OR-5a A5/OR-5a One
finds here upper staff private first class OStGefr
staff private first class StGefr main private first class HptGefr A5Z/OR-4b A5/OR-4a A4Z/OR-3b upper private first class
OGefr
private first class
(
officer candidate
)
to A5/OR-5a
crews of the German
navy
the anchors
of the different use rows
Gefr OAU
private first class
(boat man candidate)
Gefr BA
A4/OR-3a A3Z/OR-2 A3Z/OR-2
private first class
(leading seaman candidate)
Gefr mA
private first class
Gefr
sailor
Matr
A3Z/OR-2 A3Z/OR-2 A3/OR-1

notes

1. To the comparability with the ranks of other armed forces uniform pay stages are indicated NATO in each case, whereby „OR “(OTHER ranks) is used for the NCOs and crews and „OF “(more officer) for officers. Furthermore are the German pay stagesafter the federal pay regulation indicated.

2.The army and the Air Force have the same badges of rank, with the difference that the Air Force no different color edges and/or. Braids for branches of service knows. There are still two further characteristics: The rank loops of the field uniform of the Air Force carry double rockers below rankand the service uniforms have dark-blue supported shoulder pieces.

3. Partitioning of the lowest rank in the German Federal Armed Forces:

4. The medical officers (SanOffz) have traditionally own ranks, which present themselves as follows:

Badge of rank of a AdmOStArzt

medical officer candidate of the course of studies medicine become up to the transport the medical officer, after existence 2. State examination, with the additive “medical officer candidate” (SanOA) led. To “it does not give the additive physician in the practical course” (AiP) any longer.

5. A person liable for military service can with normalTransport conditions in its service (at present nine months) up to the Obergefreiten to be carried. A transport to the Hauptgefreiten is only after 12 months, the transport to the Stabsgefreiten at the earliest after 36 months service possible.

6. Staff captain second lieutenant and staff captain are ranks for the career in the military-technical service andnot a component of the career of the officers of the troop service.

7. Why is the major general struggle-lower than the lieutenant general, although the major is higher than the second lieutenant nevertheless?

There are generals for instance since the 30-jährigen war, when the heaps of army became too large, around still ofonly one Colonel to be led.

The major, after whom the major general is designated, has another root than lowest staff officer rank. As the captain beside his deputy, the second lieutenant, still another highest NCO, whom sergeant or Wachtmeister had, the Colonel beside its deputyLieutenant colonel the Obristwachtmeister or major, then got the general beside the lieutenant general still another further assistant in general rank, the major general assigned. The term major, who gave its name to the rank of the major general, lives in some armies in the rank of the Sergeant major away.

Besides comesthe meaning of second lieutenant (deputy) to carrying. The lieutenant general is thus a deputy of the general. The same applies to the rank lieutenant colonel.

Characteristically the major general was likewise arranged, still higher under the lieutenant general than the latters was however, just like already before in that in the NVAArmed forces of the third realm, the colonel general settled, with which the ranking turned out completely in disorder after staff officer titles.

 

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