|Rank group||NCOs with portepee|
|NATO rank code||OR-8|
|Rank Army / Air Force||Staff Sergeant|
|Marine rank||Staff Captain|
|Abbreviation (in lists)||StFw (SF)|
|Grade||A 9 according to BBesO|
The rank of staff sergeant is determined by the Federal President with the order of the Federal President on the rank designations and the uniform of the soldiers on the basis of the Soldiers Act .
Authority to command and positions
In the German Armed Forces, the staff sergeant is a non-commissioned officer who, according to the central guideline A-1420/24 "Ranks and Rank Groups", belongs to the rank group of NCOs with portepee . Because they belong to the rank group of NCOs with portepee, staff sergeants can issue orders within the limits set there to soldiers of the rank groups teams and NCOs without portepee on the basis of § 4 ("Superiors relationship based on rank") of the Superiors Ordinance.
Staff sergeants are used, for example, as company sergeants in larger or particularly prominent companies such as brigade units or staff companies , as platoon leaders of particularly specialized platoons or in staffs . Due to the position of the staff sergeant in the cases listed in the superiors ordinance can issue orders to all service or professional subordinate soldiers.
Appointment and remuneration
The soldiers' career regulation (SLV) and, in addition, the central guideline A-1340/49 , form the relevant legal basis for the appointment as staff sergeant . The prerequisite for being appointed as a sergeant-major is membership of one of the career paths of sergeant-major. Employment with the rank of staff sergeant is possible if the applicant has usable knowledge in the application. Most of the staff sergeants had previously served in the rank of sergeant major . As a rule, the rank can be achieved 16 years after appointment as sergeant, of which at least 3 as chief sergeant. The minimum period of service from promotion to sergeant ensures that soldiers who have been hired with a higher rank have to serve as long in their career as soldiers hired as "regular" soldiers, so that the rank always entails a certain service experience. Only in special exceptional cases ("flying personnel", combat swimmers and personnel who are used in the KSK for special missions) is promotion already 14 years after appointment as sergeant, whereby at least 3 years must also be served as sergeant major.
The Federal Ministry of Defense set the rank of staff sergeant (as well as staff boatman , senior staff sergeant and senior staff boatman ) with the introduction of the career of officers in the military service in 1969 on the extinction budget . New promotions were only possible again from the beginning of 1983. The top service level of the non-commissioned officers was therefore temporarily the sergeant major , who, in addition to grade A8, could now also reach grades A9 and A9 with official allowance . This regulation ceased to apply on January 1, 1983.
Equivalent, subordinate and superior ranks
Only Army and Air Force uniforms carry the rank of staff sergeant . Navy uniform wearers of the same rank hold the rank of staff officer . In the armed forces of NATO of the Sergeant at all ranks with is NATO Rank Code OR-8 equivalent and therefore the British Warrant Officer Class 2 and the American US Senior Master Sergeant and First Sergeant equate.
In the Sergeant raceways of Sergeant is according central Directive A-1340/49 between the lower rank Hauptfeldwebel or hauptbootsmann and the higher-ranking Oberstabsfeldwebel or oberstabsbootsmann arranged (first grade designation for each of Army and Air Force Uniform; second grade designation for each of Marine Uniform). Directly below the staff sergeant (equal in rank to the sergeant major) are also the ranks Oberfähnrich (for army and air force uniform bearers) and Oberfähnrich zur See (for naval uniform bearers), which, however, are only used by candidate officers .
|Lower rank||Higher rank|
Oberfähnrich zur See
Chief Officer in command
Rank group : Teams-NCOs-NCO-NCOs-Lieutenant-Captains-Staff officers-Generals
National Peoples Army
The rank of staff sergeant was the highest rank of non-commissioned officer in the National People's Army of the GDR . The staff superior was equivalent in the People's Navy of the GDR . According to today's NATO rank codes , the staff sergeant would be comparable to OR-8.
(Chief of Staff)
The rank of staff sergeant was introduced in the Wehrmacht in 1938 as the highest rank of non-commissioned officers with portepee . In the arms of cavalry , artillery and flak , the rank was staff sergeant . But this rank corresponded to the SS Sturmscharführer the Waffen-SS, the SA-main troop leader and the staff boatman of the Navy , not to be confused with the introduced since 1939 Staff Chief Petty Officer .
In the Austro-Hungarian Army , the rank of staff sergeant was introduced to the foot troops in 1913 ( staff sergeant for mounted troops). Prior to this, the rank in the ku Honvéd and in the ku gendarmerie was established. The counterpart in the kk gendarmerie as well as in the kk landwehr infantry was the district sergeant ( district officer with the Tyrolean state riflemen ).
As non-ranked gagists , staff sergeants / district sergeants wore the uniform of the ensigns without armpit clasps , plus officers' sabers with ensign sportepee made of black and yellow silk. On the collar, like sergeant-major, three white stars of rank made of celluloid, but instead of an imperial yellow silk collar border one made of woven silver. Until the introduction of the "field gray" (but actually pike-gray) outfit in 1909, light blue cuffs and collars were prescribed in the kuk Honvéd instead of the dark blue ones for the troops.
In addition to the white celluloid stars, the staff sergeants in the joint Austro-Hungarian army marked the imperial yellow silk braid with a narrow black central stripe, and immediately above the braid, a medium-wide braid made of woven gold. In June 1914 the distinctions changed to a wide border and a medium-wide braid, each made of spun silver, with a narrow strip of ground cloth between the two. The three stars of rank were now embroidered from silk.
- Left: Rank badge on the shoulder flap of the jacket of the service suit for army uniform wearers of the telecommunications force . Right: Rank badge on the shoulder flap of the jacket of the service suit for Air Force uniform wearers.
- Army and air force uniform wearers of this rank group are unofficially summarized as sergeant ranks. Non-commissioned officers with portepee who hold appropriate ranks for naval uniform bearers are also unofficially referred to as boatmen .
- According to § 17 of the Soldiers' Career Ordinance, depending on the intended use, this includes, for example, the master craftsman's examination , the graduation from a two-year technical school , the professional qualification as a health and nurse , the basic study at a university for music with a preliminary diploma, etc. and, in addition, at least nine years of professional activity in the corresponding area.
- If this rank has not been passed, for example because the hiring took place directly with a higher rank, fictitious periods of service will be taken into account that would have resulted according to the Soldier Career Ordinance at least after appointment as sergeant until reaching the service period in the current rank.
- Central A-1340/49 on the basis of Careers Ordinance ( Ordinance on the Careers of Soldiers (Soldiers' Careers Ordinance - SLV) . March 19, 2002, Section 44 ( online [accessed on March 25, 2014] Neugefasst by Bek August 19, 2011 I 1813. Last amended by Art. 2 Paragraph 5 G of April 8, 2013 I 730). ) the Soldiers '
- Hartmut Bagger , Command Staff of the Armed Forces I 3, Federal Ministry of Defense (Ed.): ZDv 37/10. Suit regulations for soldiers in the Bundeswehr . July 1996. Reprint from October 2008. Bonn July 16, 2008, 4 labels, p. 539 ( digital version (PDF; 3.5 MB) - reprint October 2008 replaces first edition from July 1996). Digitized version ( memento of the original from September 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 14/5. Soldiers Act . DSK AV110100174, change status July 17, 2008. Bonn August 21, 1978, rank designations in the Bundeswehr, p. B 185 (not to be confused with the Law on the Legal Status of Soldiers (Soldiers Law) ).
- Agreed English texts. STANAG 2116 . NATO standardization agreement (STANAG) . NATO codes for grades of military personnel. 5th edition. 1992 ( NATO Rank Codes - 1992 [accessed March 25, 2014] English).
- The Federal President (Ed.): Order of the Federal President on the rank designations and the uniform of the soldiers . BPresUnifAnO. July 14, 1978 ( PDF - Order of the Federal President on the rank designations and uniforms of soldiers from July 14, 1978 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1067 ), last amended by Article 1 of the order of May 31, 1996 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 746 ) has been changed).
- Federal Minister of Defense ; Command Staff of the Armed Forces IV 1 (Ed.): Abbreviations for use in the Bundeswehr - German Abbreviations - ZDv 64/10 . Bonn January 19, 1979 ( PDF - as of September 17, 1999).
- Appendix I (to § 20, paragraph 2, sentence 1) Bundesbesoldungsgesetz orders of A and B . ( Online [accessed on March 25, 2014] Federal salary regulations (BBesO) only apply to professional and temporary soldiers and are an annex to the Federal Salary Act (BBesG)).
- The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): Law on the legal status of soldiers (Soldiers Act - SG) . Bonn March 19, 1956, § 4 Paragraph 3 (2) - ( PDF [accessed on March 25, 2014] Revised by notice of May 30, 2005 I 1482. Last amended by Art. 1 G of April 8 2013 I 730).
- The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 14/5. Soldiers Act . DSK AV110100174, amendment status July 17, 2008. Bonn August 21, 1978, The Superiors Ordinance, p. A 12 1 (not to be confused with the Ordinance on the Regulation of Military Superiors (Superiors Ordinance - VorgV) ).
- Federal Minister of Defense (Ed.): Ordinance on the regulation of the military superior relationship (Superior Ordinance - VorgV) . June 4, 1956, § 4 ( online [accessed on March 25, 2014] Last amended by Art. 1 No. 2 V of October 7, 1981 I 1129).
- Federal Minister of Defense (Ed.): Ordinance on the regulation of the military superior relationship (Superior Ordinance - VorgV) . June 4, 1956 ( online [accessed on March 25, 2014] last amended by Art. 1 No. 2 V of October 7, 1981 I 1129).
- Ordinance on the career paths of soldiers (Soldiers' Career Ordinance - SLV) . May 23, 2015 ( gesetze-im-internet.de [accessed on December 10, 2018] published in BGBl. I p. 706).
- Note also:
- The Federal Minister of Defense ; Personnel, Social and Central Affairs Department (Ed.): Central Guideline A-1340/49. Provisions for the transport and for the recruitment, acceptance and admission of soldiers . Bonn April 29, 2015, 2.3.2 Careers of sergeants, serial no. 236, p. 18 (VS-NfD, therefore not publicly available).
- BGBl. 1969 I No. 43 (Fifth Ordinance to Change the Soldier Career Ordinance)
- Federal Law Gazette 1983 I No. 13 (thirteenth ordinance amending the military career ordinance)
- The equivalent, higher and lower ranks are given in accordance with ZDv 14/5 B 185, cf. The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 14/5. Soldiers Act . DSK AV110100174, change status July 17, 2008. Bonn August 21, 1978, rank designations in the Bundeswehr, p. B 185 (Not to be confused with the Law on the Legal Status of Soldiers (Soldiers Act) . The order of the ranks shown in the info box does not necessarily correspond to one of the regular rank sequences provided for in the Soldiers' Career Ordinance , nor does it necessarily correspond to the rank hierarchy described in the Superiors Ordinance a managerial relationship ).