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|Army / Air Force||Stabshauptmann|
Stabskapitänleutnant, short: StKptLt / in lists: SKL, (English: Staffcaptain lieutenant) is the highest Fachdienstoffizier rank (en: specialist officer, comparable to US warrant officer) in the German Navy / armed forces of Germany (Bundeswehr).
The rank is rated OF-2a in NATO, and equivalent to Stabshauptmann in Heer, and Luftwaffe. It is grade A13 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence and is senior to the regular OF-2 rank of Kapitänleutnant (en: Lt).
The official manner, in line to ZDv 10/8, of formal addressing of military people with the rank Stabskapitänleutnant (OF-2a) is “Herr/Frau Stabskapitänleutnant“. However, as to German traditions and in line to seamen's language the “Stabskapitänleutnant“ will be addressed „Herr/Frau Kaleu“.
Its rank insignia, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, are one five-pointed star above two stripes with two half stripes between them (without the star when rank loops are worn).
Military people of the “line officer career” (de: Truppendienstoffizier/ Truppendienstlaufbahn) skip over this rank, by regular promotion from Kapitänleutnant (OF-2) to Korvettenkapitän (OF-3); however, the pay grade A13 (Stabskapitänleutnant and Korvettenkapitän) is identical.
German Navy officer rank
|Warrant officer / officer specialist career|
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|Line officer career|
The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:
- OF-2a: Stabskapitänleutnen / Stabshauptmann
- OF-2: Kapitänleutnant / Hauptmann
- OF-1a: Oberleutnant zur See / Oberleutnant
- OF-1: Leutnant zur See / Leutnant
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