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Heer shoulder and Marine sleeve insignia
Country Germany
Service branch German Army
 German Navy
 German Air Force
RankGerman enlisted rank
NATO rankOR-4
Non-NATO rankE-4
Next higher rankUnteroffizier
Next lower rankStabsgefreiter

Oberstabsgefreiter (abbr. OStGefr, on lists OSG) is the highest enlisted rank in the German Bundeswehr,[1] that might be comparable to corporal (OR-4a[2]) in Anglophone armed forces.[3] However, as distinguished from the corporal, the Oberstabsgefreiter belongs to the rank group of enlisted men.

rank insignia field- and battle dress


The rank was first introduced by the Kriegsmarine in 1940 and was named Matrosenoberstabsgefreiter. However, in Heer and Luftwaffe it didn't exist.

Final ranks to enlisted men until 1945
Waffen-SS Heer (Army) Luftwaffe (Air Force) Kriegsmarine (Navy)
SS-Schütze Soldat Flieger Matrose
SS-Oberschütze Oberschütze
SS-Sturmmann Gefreiter Matrosengefreiter
SS-Rottenführer Obergefreiter Matrosenobergefreiter
No equivalent Hauptgefreiter Matrosenhauptgefreiter
No equivalent Stabsgefreiter Matrosenstabsgefreiter
No equivalent Matrosenoberstabsgefreiter


A private of the German Bundeswehr might be promoted to that OR4a-rank after a regular service time of 48 months.[4]

External links


  1. ^ BROCKHAUS, The encyclopedia in 24 volumes (1796-2001), Volume 20: 3-7653-3680-7, page 700.
  2. ^ The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru?, "
  3. ^ Official Website (Bundeswehr): Dienstgrade und Uniformen der Bundeswehr (Service Ranks and Uniforms of the German Federal Defence Forces), in German. [1]
  4. ^ Soldatenlaufbahnordnung (soldier´s career order) of the Bundsewehr, § 9.1 service time.

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