Ranks of the Bundesheer

Summary

The Ranks of the Bundesheer are the military insignia used by the Austrian Armed Forces. Austria is a landlocked country and has no navy.

Military ranks

Commissioned officer ranks

The rank insignia of commissioned officers.

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Cap[1] GenLt OF8-Tellerkappe AT.jpg GenLt OF8-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Genmjr OF7-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Bgdr OF6-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Obst OF5-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Obstlt OF4-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Mjr OF3-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Hptm OF2-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Olt OF1a-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Lt OF1b-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Fhr OF1c-Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Service uniform[1] Bundesheer - Rank insignia - General.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Generalleutnant.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Generalmajor.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Brigadier.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Oberst.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Oberstleutnant.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Major.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Hauptmann.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Oberleutnant.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Leutnant.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Fähnrich.png
Field uniform[1] Gen Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Genlt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Genmjr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Bgdr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Austria-OF-5.svg Austria-OF-4.svg Austria-OF-3.svg Austria-OF-2.svg Austria-OF-1b.svg Austria-OF-1a.svg Austria-OF-(D).svg
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadier Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Hauptmann Oberleutnant Leutnant Fähnrich

Official translation[1] General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Equivalent
NATO code[a]
OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D)

Other ranks

The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.

Rank group Non-commissioned officer Enlisted
Cap[1] Vzlt OR9a-Tellerkappe AT.jpg OStv OR9b-Tellerkappe AT.jpg OstWm OR8-Tellerkappe AT.jpg StWm OR7-Tellerkappe AT.jpg OWm OR6-Tellerkappe AT.gif Wm OR5- Tellerkappe AT.jpg Zgf OR4-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Kpl OR3-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Gfr OR2-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Rekr OR1-Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Service uniform[1] Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Vizeleutnant.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Offiziersstellvertreter.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Oberstabswachtmeister.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Stabswachtmeister.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Oberwachtmeister.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Wachtmeister.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Zugsführer.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Korporal.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Gefreiter.png Bundesheer - Rank insignia - Rekrut.png
Field uniform[1] Austria-OR-9a.svg Austria-OR-9b.svg Austria-OR-8.svg Austria-OR-7.svg Austria-OR-6.svg Austria-OR-5.svg Austria-OR-4.svg Austria-OR-3.svg Austria-OR-2.svg Austria-OR-1.svg
Vizeleutnant Offiziersstellvertreter Oberstabswachtmeister Stabswachtmeister Oberwachtmeister Wachtmeister Zugsführer Korporal Gefreiter Rekrut

Official translation[1] Warrant officer I Warrant officer II Warrant officer III Staff sergeant Master sergeant Sergeant Master corporal Corporal Lance corporal Private
Equivalent
NATO code[a]
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Special case military gymnasium

Pupils (German: Zöglinge) of the Military gymnasium wear black shoulder rank insignias on their dress uniform. On the duty suits black mounting loops have to be worn. However, the particular insignia has to be in line with actual school level. The appropriate school year is symbolised by a small golden strip.

Possible appointments in correlation to rank or grade

Rank group Military rank Possible appointments/ assignments
Military staff (without any rank or grade) Rekrut
(Wehrmann until 1998)[2]
Generic infantryman
Charges Gefreiter Generic infantryman
Korporal Squad leader dep.
Zugsführer
Unteroffiziere Wachtmeister Squad leader
Oberwachtmeister
Stabsunteroffiziere Stabswachtmeister
  • Leader of a squad (on technical corps)
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Oberstabswachtmeister
Offiziersstellvertreter
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Vizeleutnant
Officers Fähnrich Military university graduate and Officer Aspirant (OA)
Leutnant Platoon leader
Oberleutnant Company commander (CO CDR) dep.
Hauptmann CO CDR
Major
  • Battalion commander (BN CDR)
  • CDR of a (headquarters-)company
Oberstleutnant
  • BN CDR
  • CDR of a (headquarters-)company on technical corps or a school
  • Appointment to a staff or to the (federal) Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Austria
Oberst
  • CDR of a brigade (BDE)
  • CDR of a regiment (REGT)
  • Appointment to a staff and to MOD and Sports Austria
  • Defence attaché
General officers Brigadier
  • Head of a grout on central point in MOD Austria
  • CDR of the Command Support Center
  • Head of the Office for Armament and Procurement
  • Head of the Office for Armament and Military Technology
  • Head of the Military Real Estate Management Center
  • CDR of the Heeres–Unterofficers–Academy
  • Division Chief on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission to Soldiers
  • CDR of the Military Medical Center
  • CDR of the Heeres-Hospital
  • CDR of the Air Surveillance Command
  • Military CDR
  • CDR BDE
  • CDR of a Heeres-Branch-School
  • CDR of an Air Force School and Air Defence School
  • CDR of an ABC-Defence School
  • CDR of a Heeres-Logistics School
  • CDR of a (military) Medical School
  • Head of the (military) Counter-espionage Office
  • Deputy (DEP) Director Security Policy on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • DEP CDR of the (Austrian) Defence College
  • DEP CDR of the Theresianic Defence College
  • DEP CDR of the Command and Control Support Center
  • DEP CDR of the Combat Service Support Command
  • DEP Chief of the Office of Armament and Military Technology
  • DEP Chief of the Military Real Estate Management Center
  • DEP Chief of the Heeres-Intelligence-Office
  • DEP Chief of the (military) Counter-espionage Office
  • Division Chief "weapon systems and ammunition", "vehicles, device, and personal equipment", and "aircraft".
  • Division Chief "purchase"and "IT- and communications technology systems" of the institute of military geography, as well as branch Chief management "IT- and communications technology systems" of the Command Support Center.
  • Chief of the Air Force Material Staff
  • Chief of the institute to the (Austrian) Defence Academy
  • Defence attaché
Generalmajor
(formerly Divisionär)
  • Adjutant of the Federal Presidente
  • Chief of Staff (COS) MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief of the Planning Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief Armed Forces Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief of Armament Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Commanding general Air Force
  • Commanding general International Commitments
  • CDR of the Theresianic Defence College
  • CDR of the Combat Service Support Command
  • DEP CDR of the Task Force Command
  • COS Armed Forces Control Command
  • Chief of the Heeres-Intelligence Office
  • DEP Chief of a Division on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
Generalleutnant
(formerly Korpskommandant)
  • DEP Chief of the General Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chiefs of Division on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Commanding general of the Armed Forces
  • CDR of the (Austrian) Defence College
General
  • Chief of the General Staff of the Austrian Bundesheer on central point of MOD Austria

Additions

To the rank or grade might be (among others) added addendums as follows.

Abbreviation Long version
A Arzt (en: physician)
aD außer Dienst (off duty)
dG des Generalstabsdienstes (of the general staff service)
dhmfD des höheren militärfachlichen Dienstes (of the higher military specialised service)
dhmtD des höheren militärtechnischen Dienstes (of the higher military technical service)
dIntD des Intendanzdienstes (of the commissariat service)
dRes der Reserve (of the reserve)
iR in Ruhe (retired)

e.g.: MjrA (major physician), Lt aD (lieutenant off duty), ObstdG (colonel of the general staff service), HptmdhmtD (captain of the higher military technical service), ObstltdIntD (lieutenant colonel of the commissariat service), Olt dRes (first lieutenant of the reserve), Bgdr iR (general brigadier retired).

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b While Austria is not a member of NATO, it does have an official conversion.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i bundesheer.
  2. ^ "915 der Beilagen zu den Stenographischen Protokollen des Nationalrates XX. GP" (PDF). Österreichisches Parlament. 10 December 1997. p. 51. Retrieved 19 November 2010. Im Hinblick auf die geplante Öffnung des Bundesheeres für freiwillige militärische Dienstleistungen von Frauen soll der niederste militärische Dienstgrad statt derzeit "Wehrmann" künftig einheitlich für beide Geschlechter mit dem Begriff "Rekrut" bezeichnet werden.

External links

  • "Rank Insignias". bundesheer.at. Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  • "Dienstgrade des Österreichischen Bundesheeres" (PDF). bundesheer.at (in German). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  • "Laufbahn und Ausbildung - Offizier" [Career and Training - Officer]. bundesheer.at (in German). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  • "Laufbahn und Ausbildung - Unteroffizier" [Career and Training - NCOs]. bundesheer.at (in German). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 November 2021.