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Oberstabsgefreiter (abbr. OStGefr, on lists OSG) is the highest enlisted rank in the German Bundeswehr,[1] that might be comperable to corporal (OR-4a[2]) in Anglophone armed forces.[3] However, as distinguished from the corporal, the Oberstabsgefreiter belongs to the rank group of enlisted men.

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Oberstabsgefreiter
(Heer / Luftwaffe / Marine)
DH051-Oberstabsgefreiter LD B 16 Oberstabsgefreiter L MDHWA 16 Oberstabsgefreiter 50 Lo
Rank insignia Bw enlisted ranks (de: Bw Mannschaften)
Introduction 1995
Rank group Enlisted personnel (OR1-OR4)
Army / Air Force Oberstabsgefreiter
Navy Oberstabsgefreiter
NATO
equivalent
OR-4a
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rank insignia field- and battle dress

HA OS5 16 Oberstabsgefreiter FA PzGren L.svg
Heer

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LA OS5 16 Oberstabsgefreiter L.svg
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MA OG5 16 Oberstabsgefreiter L.svg
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HistoryEdit

The rank was first introduced by the Kriegsmarine in 1940 and was named Matrosenoberstabsbefreiter. However, in Heer and Luftwaffe it didn't exist.

Final ranks to enlisted men until 1945
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equivalent
Heer (Army) Luftwaffe (Air Force) Kriegsmarine (Navy)
OR-1 Soldat (private) Flieger (aircraftman) Matrose (seaman)
Oberschütze
OR-2 Gefreiter Matrosengefreiter
Obergefreiter Matrosenobergefreiter
OR3 no equivalent Hauptgefreiter Matrosenohauptgefreiter
Stabsgefreiter Matrosenstabsgefreiter
no equivalent Matrosenoberstabsgefreiter
See also main articles

BundeswehrEdit

A private of the German Bundeswehr might be promoted to that OR4a-rank after a regular service time of 48 months.[4]

junior Rank
Stabsgefreiter (OR4b)
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering

(German enlisted men rank)
Oberstabsgefreiter

senior Rank
Unteroffizier (OR5b)
See also

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. BROCKHAUS, The encyclopedia in 24 volumes (1796–2001), Volume 20: 3-7653-3680-7, page 700.
  2. The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"
  3. Official Website (Bundeswehr): Dienstgrade und Uniformen der Bundeswehr (Service Ranks and Uniforms of the German Federal Defence Forces), in German. [1]
  4. Soldatenlaufbahnordnung (soldier´s career order) of the Bundsewehr, § 9.1 service time.

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