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Heer and Luftwaffe shoulder insignia
Country Germany
Service branch German Army
 German Air Force
RankUnteroffiziere mit Portepee grade
NATO rankOR-8
Non-NATO rankE-8
Next higher rankOberstabsfeldwebel
Next lower rankHauptfeldwebel
Equivalent ranksStabsbootsmann

Stabsfeldwebel (StFw or SF) is the second highest Non-commissioned officer (NCO) rank in German Army and German Air Force. It is grouped as OR8 in NATO, equivalent to a First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, or Senior Master Sergeant in the US Armed forces, and to Warrant Officer Class 2 in the British Army and Royal Navy. Promotion to the rank requires at least twelve years total active duty, of which at least eleven years have elapsed since promotion to unteroffizier, with at least ten years since promotion to stabsunteroffizier, and nine years since promotion to feldwebel.[1] In army/ air force context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr Stabsfeldwebel also informally / short Staber.



The ranks Stabsfeldwebel, Stabsoberjäger, Stabsfeuerwerker and Stabswachtmeister were introduced to the Austro-Hungarian Army (k.u.k. armed forces) in 1913.

See also

=> main article Rank insignias of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces


The rank was introduced by the German Wehrmacht equivalent to the German Kriegsmarine Stabsoberfeldwebel grades (Stabsoberbootsmann, Stabsobersteuermann and Stabsobersteuwermann) in 1938.

Not all Heer NCO's in this grades were called Unterfeldwebel, Feldwebel, Oberfeldwebel and Stabsfeldwebel which are ranks in the infantry tradition. In some other service branches, for example, the equivalent ranks were as follows.

The rank has been used before in the GDR National People's Army until 1990. The equivalent in the Volksmarine OR8-gradt was Stabsobermeister.

Rank information

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group (Senior NCOs with portepee) is as follows:


The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru?, "!

Equivalent in other NATO countries Army/Air Force

  • Flag of Albania.svg - Kapter / no equivalent
  • Flag of Belgium.svg - Adjudant
  • Flag of Bulgaria.svg - (en: Starshina)
  • Flag of Canada.svg - Master Warrant Officer, Adjudant-maître
  • Flag of Croatia.svg - Sto?erni narednik
  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg - Nadprapor?ík
  • Flag of Denmark.svg - Seniorsergent
  • Flag of Estonia.svg - Staabiveebel
  • Flag of France.svg - Adjudant
  • Flag of Greece.svg - ?, Archilochias / Archisminias
  • Flag of Hungary.svg - Törzszászlós and Zászlós
  • Flag of Iceland.svg - no equivalent
  • Flag of Italy.svg - Maresciallo ordinario and Maresciallo / Maresciallo di terza classe
  • Flag of Latvia.svg - Galvenais virsser?ants
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg - Vir?ila
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg - no equivalent
  • Flag of Norway.svg - no equivalent
  • Flag of Poland.svg - Chory
  • Flag of Portugal.svg - Sargento-chefe
  • Flag of Romania.svg - Plutonier-major / Maistru Militar clasa II
  • Flag of Slovakia.svg - nadrotmajster
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg - praporak and vi?ji ?tabni vodnik
  • Flag of Spain.svg - Brigada
  • Flag of Turkey.svg - Astsubay, Ba?çavu?
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg - Warrant Officer Class 2, Quartermaster Sergeant / no equivalent
  • Flag of the United States.svg - First Sergeant, Master Sergeant / Senior Master Sergeant

Equivalent in other countries



  • BROCKHAUS, Die Enzyklopädie in 24 Bänden (1796-2001), Band 5: 3-7653-3665-3, S. 487, Definition: Stabsfeldwebel
  • BROCKHAUS, Die Enzyklopädie in 24 Bänden (1796-2001), Band 7: 3-7653-3676-9, S. 185, Stabsfeldwebel

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