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shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German officer rank
Introduction 1993
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Stabskaptitänleutnat
Army / Air Force Stabshauptmann
Army Captain
Navy Captain lieutenant

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[1] / armed forces of Germany (Bundeswehr).

The rank is rated OF-2a[2] 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“.

Rank insignia[]

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.

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German Navy officer rank
Warrant officer / officer specialist career
junior rank


end of career
Line officer career
Kapitänleutnant senior rank

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:

See also[]

Limited duty officer


  1. official rank table of the German Navy
  2. STANAG 2116
  3. The abbreviation "OF" stands for de: "Offizier / en: officer / fr: officier / ru: офицер"

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