A position describes - in contrast to a rank or rank - the functional integration of a person in a command and command structure in many armed forces or in an organizational structure in some organizations with sovereign tasks. In Austria the term service use or function is also used.
- A train driver could e.g. B. have the rank of first lieutenant . However, regardless of his rank, his unit leader is placed in front of the platoon leader due to his position ( ), even if he only had the rank of lieutenant . This can be considered in the short term, but is usually avoided over the long term.
- The soldier of a unit has the rank of captain . A sergeant in (temporary) duty as a guard duty officer is placed in front of this soldier due to his position in the area of the specified guard duties ( ).
- Company sergeant - often also "spit" in the soldier's mouth - is a typical service position in units with company status in the Bundeswehr . In earlier German armed forces, such as the Wehrmacht and the National People's Army , the company sergeant was named Hauptfeldwebel .
The designations General of the Infantry , General of the Telecommunication Troops , General Aviation Security , General of the Supply Force and General of the Army Air Defense Force are no longer ranks in the Bundeswehr, in contrast to the earlier armies, but positions.
In some federal states (e.g. Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia), the fire brigade in Germany uses the principle of differentiating between ranks and positions. In addition to the rank badge, the fire brigade members may wear a special service badge .