Ranks of the Austrian Bundesheer

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The Austrian Bundesheer of the Second Republic has 21 military ranks. The descriptions military units/ collar patches are in line with the actual corps colours (de: Waffenfarbe), to be worn in the Bundesheer.

Military ranks[edit]

Generals[edit]

Rank group Generals
Suit 75/03 Gen Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Genlt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Genmjr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Bgdr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget Gen Rockkragen AT.jpg Genlt Rockkragen AT.jpg Genmjr Rockkragen AT.jpg Bgdr Rockkragen AT.jpg
Flat cap Gen Tellerkappe AT.jpg Gen Tellerkappe AT.jpg Genmjr Tellerkappe AT.jpg Bgdr Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank General* (Gen) Generalleutnant (GenLt) Generalmajor (GenMjr) Brigadier (Bgdr)
NATO equivaslent General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general
Flag of NATO.svg rank OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6
* The federal-eagle on the flat cap is underlayed in red colour .

Officers[edit]

Rank group Officers
Suit 75/03 Obst Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Obstlt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Mjr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Hptm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Olt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Lt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Fhr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget Obst Rockkragen AT.jpg Obstlt Rockkragen AT.jpg Mjr Rockkragen AT.jpg Hptm Rockkragen AT.jpg Olt Rockkragen AT.jpg Lt Rockkragen AT.jpg Fhr Rockkragen AT.jpg
Corps colour Military medicine Support
service
Advanced Technical
service
Jäger
Military police
Armour
Panzergrenadiers
Theresianische
Militärakademie
Veterinarian service mil-spezialized service
Flat cap Obst Tellerkappe AT.jpg Obstlt Tellerkappe AT.jpg Mjr Tellerkappe AT.jpg Hptm Tellerkappe AT.jpg Olt Tellerkappe AT.jpg Lt Tellerkappe AT.jpg Fhr Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank Oberst (Obst) Oberstleutnant (Obstlt) Major (Mjr) Hauptmann (Hptm) Oberleutnant (Olt) Leutnant (Lt) Fähnrich (Fhr)
NATO equivalent Colonel Lieutenent colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Ensing
Flag of NATO.svg rank OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Unteroffiziere[edit]

Rank group Unteroffiziere
Field uniform Vzlt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Ostv Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Ostwm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Stwm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Owm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Wm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget Vzlt Rockkragen AT.jpg Ostv Rockkragen AT.jpg Ostwm Rockkragen AT.jpg Stwm Rockkragen AT.jpg Owm Rockkragen AT.jpg Wm Rockkragen AT.jpg
Corps colour Communications Artillery, Air defence Guard Reconnaissance Medical servive Aviator
 
Flat cap Vzlt Tellerkappe AT.jpg Ostv Tellerkappe AT.jpg Ostwm Tellerkappe AT.jpg Stwm Tellerkappe AT.jpg Owm Tellerkappe AT.jpg Wm Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank Vizeleutnant (Vzlt) Offiziersstellvertreter (OStv) Oberstabswachtmeister (OStWm) Stabswachtmeister (StWm) Oberwachtmeister (OWm) Wachtmeister (Wm)
NATO equivalent Vice lieutenant Officer deputy Sergeant 1st Class Staff Sergeqnt Senior master-sentinel; Senior watch-master Master-sentinel; Watch-master
Flag of NATO.svg rank OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5

Recruits and ranks[edit]

Rank group Ranks (de: Chargen) Recruits
Anzug 75 / 03 Zgf Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Kpl Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Gefr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Rekr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget Zgf Rockkragen AT.jpg Kpl Rockkragen AT.jpg Gefr Rockkragen AT.jpg Rekr Rockkragen AT.jpg
Corps gorget Engineers Skirmishing patrol, Army sports NBC-Defence Jäger, Military police
Flat cap Zgf Tellerkappe AT.jpg Kpl Tellerkappe AT.jpg Gefr Tellerkappe AT.jpg Rekr Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank Zugsführer (Zgf) Korporal (Kpl) Gefreiter (Gfr) Rekrut (Rek)
NATO equivalent Master Corporal Corporal Private Recruit
Flag of NATO.svg rank OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Special case military gymnasium[edit]

Pupils (de: 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[edit]

Rank group Military rank Possible appointments/ assignments
Military personswithout any rank or grade Recruit (until 1998 Wehrmann)[1]
  • Enlisted men
Ranks Gefreiter
  • Enlisted men
Korporal
  • Enlisted men, group leader dep.
Zugsführer
  • Enlisted men, group leader dep.
Unteroffiziere Wachtmeister
  • Leader of a group
Oberwachtmeister
  • Leader of a group
Stabswachtmeister
  • (Leader of a group on technical corps)
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Oberstabswachtmeister
  • (Leader of a group on technical corps)
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Offiziersstellvertreter
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Vizeleutnant
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Officers Fähnrich
  • Military university graduate and Officer Aspirant (OA)
Leutnant
  • Platoon leader
Oberleutnant
  • Deputy company commander
Hauptmann
  • Company commander
Major
  • Battalion commander (BN CDR)
  • Commander (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) and Sports Austria
Oberst
  • CDR of a brigade (BDE)
  • CDR of a regiment (REGT)
  • Appointment to a staff and to MOD and Sports Austria
  • Defence attaché
Generals Brigadier
  • Head of a grout on central point in MOD and Sports 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 Comabt 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 ot 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 and Sports Austria

Additions[edit]

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)
dM der Miliz (of the militia)
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).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "915 der Beilagen zu den Stenographischen Protokollen des Nationalrates XX. GP" (PDF) (in German). 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. 

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