Ranks of the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr)

The designations of the ranks of the German Federal Armed Forces are determined by the Federal President with the arrangement of the Federal President over the rank designations and the uniform of the soldiers at basis of the national service act.

Ranks arrange the soldiers in the ranking of the German Federal Armed Forces. The arrangement of the Federal President defines 24 ranks and 85 rank designations for the German Federal Armed Forces.

To the rank considerably paying for occupation and time soldiers is attached after the federal pay regulation.

The ranks of the German Federal Armed Forces are arranged in accordance with joint service regulations 14/5 national service act into seven grade categories:
- Generale (Generals)
- Stabsoffiziere (staff officers)
- Hauptleute (main people)
- Leutnante (second lieutenants)
- Unteroffiziere mit Portepee (Noncommissioned officers with Portepee)
- Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee (Noncommissioned officers without Portepee)
- Mannschaften (crews)

The grade category of the generals is called also generals. Marineunifomträger of this group are summarized also as admirals, admiralty or flying a flag officers. NCOs with Portepee usually become as sergeants or sergeant ranks and/or. Boat people designates.

 

 

 

Crews

- Soldat (Soldier): The name of the easy soldier with army uniform bearers occurs after the branch of service. Possible names are: Grenadier (Gren), hunter (Jg), armoured shooter (PzSchtz), armoured infantryman (PzGren), antitank gunner (PzJg), cannon gunner (Kan), armoured cannon gunner (PzK), pioneer (Pi), radio operator (Fu), armoured radio operator (PzFu), shooter (Schtz), airman (Flg)
- Gefreiter (private first classes)
- Obergefreiter (upper private first classes)
- Hauptgefreiter (main private first class)
- Stabsgefreiter (staff private first class)
- Oberstabsgefreiter (upper staff private first classes)

 

Mannschaftsdienstgrade der Bundeswehr

Crew ranks of the German Federal Armed Forces

Soldat (Soldier)(1), Gefreiter (private first classes)(2), Ober­gefreiter (upper private first classes)(3), Haupt­gefreiter (main private first class)(4), Stabs­gefreiter (staff private first class)(5), Oberstabs­gefreiter (upper staff private first classes)(6)

 

Hauptgefreiter

Main private first class with 3 strips on the shoulder strap
Quelle: Bundeswehr / Roger de Castro

 

 

 

Specialized noncommissioned officers

- Unteroffizier (non-commissioned officer)
- Fahnenjunker: Offizieranwärter (Officer cadet senior grade: Officer's candidate)
- Stabs­unteroffizier (Stick noncommissioned officer)

 

 

 

Sergeant

- Feldwebel (Sergeants)
- Fähnrich: Offizieranwärter (Officer cadet: Officer's candidate)
- Ober­feldwebel (Staff sergeant)
- Haupt­feldwebel (Sergeant major)
- Ober­fähnrich: Offizieranwärter (Upper officer cadet: Officer's candidate)
- Stabs­feldwebel (Warrant officer)
- Oberstabs­feldwebel (Upper warrant officer)

 

Noncommissioned officer's ranks of the Bundeswehr

Noncommissioned officer's ranks of the Bundeswehr

Unteroffizier (non-commissioned officer) (1), Fahnenjunker (Officer cadet senior grade) (2), Stabs­unteroffizier (Stick noncommissioned officer) (3), Feldwebel (Sergeant) (4), Fähnrich (Officer cadet) (5), Ober­feldwebel (Staff sergeant) (6)
Haupt­feldwebel (Sergeant major) (7), Ober­fähnrich (Upper officer cadet) (8), Stabs­feldwebel (Warrant officer) (9), Oberstabs­feldwebel (Upper warrant officer) (10)

 

 

 

Officers (except medical officers)

Leutnante (Second lieutenants)
- Leutnant (Second lieutenant)
- Ober­leutnant (first lieutenant)
Hauptleute (Main people)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Stabs­hauptmann (staff captain)
Stabsoffiziere (Staff officers)
- Major (Major)
- Oberst­leutnant (lieutenant colonel)
- Oberst (Colonel)
Generale (Generals)
- Brigade­general (Brigadier General)
- General­major (major general)
- General­leutnant (lieutenant general)
- General (general)

 

Offiziersdienstgrade der Bundeswehr

Officer ranks of the Bundeswehr

Leutnant (Second lieutenant)(1), Ober­leutnant (first lieutenant)(2), Hauptmann (Captain)(3), Stabs­hauptmann (staff captain)(4), Major (major)(5), Oberst­leutnant (lieutenant colonel)(6) Oberst (Colonel)(7), Brigade­general (Brigadier General)(8), General­major (major general)(9), General­leutnant (lieutenant general)(10), General (general)(11)

 

 

 

Sanitätsoffiziere (Medical officers)

Hauptleute (Main people)
- Stabsarzt / Stabsapotheker / Stabsveterinär (medical officer/staff pharmacist/staff veterinarian)
Stabsoffiziere (staff officers)
- Oberstabs­arzt / Oberstabsapotheker / Oberstabsveterinär (upper medical officer/upper staff pharmacist/upper staff veterinarian)
- Oberfeld­arzt / Oberfeldapotheker / Oberfeldveterinär (upper field physician/upper field pharmacist/upper field veterinarian)
- Oberstarzt / Oberstapotheker / Oberstveterinär (Colonel physician/Colonel pharmacist/Colonel veterinarian)
Generale (generals)
- Generalarzt / Generalapotheker (surgeon general/general pharmacist)
- General­stabsarzt (general staff physician)
- General­oberstabsarzt (general upper medical officer)

 

Sanitätsoffiziere der Bundeswehr

Medical officers of the German Federal Armed Forces

Stabsarzt / Stabsapotheker / Stabsveterinär (medical officer/staff pharmacist/staff veterinarian) (1), Oberstabs­arzt / Oberstabsapotheker / Oberstabsveterinär (upper medical officer/upper staff pharmacist/upper staff veterinarian) (2), Oberfeld­arzt / Oberfeldapotheker / Oberfeldveterinär (upper field physician/upper field pharmacist/upper field veterinarian) (3), Oberstarzt / Oberstapotheker / Oberstveterinär (Colonel physician/Colonel pharmacist/Colonel veterinarian) (4), Generalarzt / Generalapotheker (surgeon general/general pharmacist) (5), General­stabsarzt (general staff physician) (6), General­oberstabsarzt (general upper medical officer) (7)

 

 

Stabsarzt im Sanitätswesen Quelle: aerzteblatt.de

Medical officer in the medical service
Quelle: aerzteblatt.de

 

 

 

 

 

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Rearmament severely tested West Germany's new parliamentary institutions, dramatically defined emerging power relationships in German politics, and posed a crucial challenge for the NATO alliance. Although the establishment of the Bundeswehr ultimately helped stabilize the nation, the acrimony surrounding its formation generated deep divisions in German society that persisted long after the army took the field. According to Large, the conflict was so bitter because rearmament forced a confrontation with fundamental questions of national identity and demanded a painful reckoning with the past.

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