Major (Germany)

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For the use of this rank in other countries, see major.
Rank insignia

Major (German pronunciation: [maˈjoːɐ]) is a German military rank which dates back to the Middle Ages. It equates to major in the British and US Armies, and is rated OF-3 in NATO. During World War II, the SS equivalent was Sturmbannführer. In the Bundeswehr, the rank insignia is a silver oakleaf cluster with a silver pip (star).

To be appointed to the rank of Major, the officer has to pass a staff officer basic course (Stabsoffizierlehrgang) which is held at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr), and serve in a post coded A13 or A13/A14.

In the German Army and the Joint Support Service (Streitkräftebasis), the waiting period between meeting the requirements for promotion and actual promotion to the rank of Major averages 15 months due to budget problems (as of July 2010).

Junior rank
Stabshauptmann
Bundeswehr Kreuz Black.svg
German officer rank
Major
Senior rank
Oberstleutnant