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Fenrik or Fenrich (German: Fähnrich) is in Austria and Germany a military rank of an Officer candidate in the Austrian Bundesheer and German Bundeswehr, which translates in English language as follows:
However, Fenrik ranks are often mixed up e.g. to the rank of Ensign in the British Army, which is that of an already commissioned officer.
Hisorical roodes 
The word Fenrik comes from an older German military title, Fahnenträger (flag bearer), and first became a distinct military rank on 1 January 1899.
- See also
A Fenrik is a soldier who serves in the ranks, first as a junior non-commissioned officer then in subsequent grades equivalent to Unterfeldwebel (until 1945, now Unteroffizier), Feldwebel, and Oberfeldwebel (until 1945, now Hauptfeldwebel). The end goal is to create an officer out of the Fenrik. Enlisted rank plus thin silver cord on shoulder strap indicating "cadet's" career.
In the German Bundeswehr an Officer candidate (de: Offiziersanwärter) can reach the rank of Fenrik after 21 months of service. The German Navy equivalent is Fenrik to sea (de: Fähnrich zur See).
|Distinction||Senior cadet sergeant
|Senior aviation cadet
(Oberfenrik to sea)
(Fenrik to sea)
|USAF||Aviation cadet auch Warrant Officer|
|RAF||Acting pilot officer|
Other couintries 
The rank also exists in a few other European military organizations, often with historical ties to the German system. Examples are the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Finland (see Fänrik). The French Army has a similar position called an Aspirant.
In the Finnish landforces and airforce vänrikki (Fenrik) is the lowest commissioned officer rank, which is granted to the soldiers in the national service on the day they are released from their 362-day service. Finnish vänrikki is thus of equal rank to the German lieutenant, who is, as well a platoon leader.
See also 
- "Der Große Muret/Sanders", Langscheidts Enzyklopädisches Wörterbuch, Teil II, Deutsch-Englisch; 9. Auflage 2002, ISBN 3-468-01124-5; 1. Band A-K, S.535.
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