Chief Ensign (NVA)
Senior Ensign (1979–1990)
Sleeve badge / shoulder piece
|Rank group||the ensign|
|NATO rank code||W-4 comparable|
|Rank Army / Air Force||Senior Ensign|
|Marine rank||Chief Ensign of the VM|
|Abbreviation (in lists)||StOFähnr (SOFR)|
The address read: Comrade senior ensign . The position of the warrant officer in the English-speaking armed forces would have been comparable to this rank group.
Classification in the hierarchy
Ensigns of the NVA formed an independent career group that was located between the NCOs and the officers. This was largely supplemented by senior, highly qualified NCOs with portepee or applicants with a higher school or university degree who were appointed ensign directly after completing a two-year training course . This training was part of the armed forces , for example for the NVA air forces at the military technical school of the air forces / air defense "Harry Kuhn" . During this training, the soldiers wore their own ensign student ranks . Previously serving as a non-commissioned officer was desirable, but rather rare towards the end of the 1980s.
With this concept, the NVA leadership followed the example of the USSR, which reintroduced the Praporschtschik career group from 1971 . A similar development took place in other Warsaw Pact states, but there they resorted in part to denominations of rank that were linked to the national military traditions of the country concerned.
- Countries with different rank designations
- Yugoslavia ⇒ Заставник (Sastawnik)
- Poland ⇒ Chorąży
- Romania ⇒ Meistru militar principal (military master class IV, III, II, I and chief military master)
- Soviet Union ⇒ Russian Прапорщик ( Praporschtschik )
- Czechoslovakia ⇒ Praporčík or Poddůstojník
- Hungary ⇒ Hungarian Zászlós (zls)
Proof of source
- MEYERS UNIVERSALLEXIKON, 3rd edition 1980, order no .: 576 970 2, license no. 433 130/198/80, Volume I, page 678 «Rank between NCOs and officers; in the NVA (introduced in 1973) military technical school cadre (military specialist), has committed himself to at least 25 years of service. "