Table of ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS

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This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS, which were in use from 1942-1945 in comparison to the German Wehrmacht Heer. The highest rank of the combined SS (Gesamt-SS) was that of Reichsführer-SS; however, there was no Waffen-SS equivalent to this position.

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Rank insignia
collar badge
Shoulder strap Sleeve
(parka)
Rank of the Waffen-SS Equivalent to the Wehrmacht (Heer)
Ss-oberstgruppenfuhrer.jpg
WSS OF9 OberstGruf.jpg
Genob-obrstgrf.png
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
(SS-Supreme group leader and colonel general of the Waffen-SS)
Generaloberst
(OF-9)
Rank insignia of Generaloberst of the Wehrmacht.svg
Ss-obergruppenfuhrer.jpg
WSS OF8 Gruf.jpg
Gend-obgf.png
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
(SS-Senior group leader and general of the Waffen-SS)
General der Infanterie (etc.)
(OF-8)
Rank insignia of General of the Wehrmacht.svg
Ss-gruppenfuhrer.jpg
WSS OF Gruf.jpg
Genl-grpf.png
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
(SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalleutnant
(OF-7)
Rank insignia of Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht.svg
Ss-brigadefuhrer.jpg
WSS OF6 Brif.jpg
Genm-brgf.png
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
(SS-Brigade leader and major general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalmajor
(OF-6)
Rank insignia of Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht.svg
Ss-oberfuhrer.jpg
WSS OF5 Staf-Oberf-Infantry.jpg
Oberfuehrer.png
SS-Oberführer
(SS-Senior leader of the Waffen-SS)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg No equivalent.
Ss-standartenfuhrer.jpg
WSS OF5 Staf-Oberf-Infantry.jpg
Oberst-standf.png
SS-Standartenführer
(SS-Regiment leader)
Oberst
(OF-5)
Oberst Epaulette.jpg
SS-Obersturmbannführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmbannf.jpg
Oberstleu-oberstbnf.png
SS-Obersturmbannführer
(SS-Senior assault unit leader)
Oberstleutnant
(OF-4)
Oberstleutnant Epaulette.jpg
SS-Sturmbannführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-sturmbannf.jpg
Major-sturmb.png
SS-Sturmbannführer
(SS-Assault unit leader)
Major
(OF-3)
Major Epaulette.jpg
SS-hauptsturmführer.svg
WSS OF2 HSturmf-Supply.jpg
Hauptm-hauptstf.png
SS-Hauptsturmführer
(SS-Chief assault leader)
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(OF-2)
Hauptmann Epaulette.jpg
SS-Obersturmführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmf.jpg
Oberleut-oberstf.png
SS-Obersturmführer
(SS-Senior assault leader)
Oberleutnant
(OF-1)
Oberleutnant Epaulette.jpg
SS-Untersturmführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
Leutn-unterstf.png
SS-Untersturmführer
(SS-Junior assault leader)
Leutnant
(OF-1)
Leutnant Epaulette.jpg
SS-Sturmscharführer.svg
SS OR8 StuScharf-SD.jpg
StFW cam slv.gif
SS-Sturmscharführer
(SS-Assault squad leader)
Stabsfeldwebel (OR-8)
Luftwaffe epaulette Stabsfeldwebel.svg
SS-Stabsscharführer was a specific appointment, comparable to "Company Sergeant Major". This position, usually nicknamed "Spiess" in the German armed forces, was held by experienced senior NCOs who had already reached the rank of SS-Hauptscharführer (OR-7) or SS-Oberscharführer (OR-6), rarely SS-Scharführer (OR-5). Appointment insignia: so-called "double piston rings" on both cuffs (of sleeves) on the uniform jacket and the overcoat. SS-Stabsscharführer
(senior NCO, e.g. Hauptscharführer or Oberscharführer, seldom Scharführer)
Hauptfeldwebel
(senior NCO e.g., Oberfeldwebel or Feldwebel, seldom Unterfeldwebel)
SS-Hauptscharführer.svg
WSS OR7 HScharf-SSTV.jpg
ObFW cam slv.gif
SS-Hauptscharführer
(SS-Chief squad leader)
(SS-Standartenoberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Oberfeldwebel (OR-7)
(Oberfähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
Luftwaffe epaulette Oberfeldwebel.svg
SS-Oberscharführer.svg
WSS OR6 OScharf1-Fm.jpg
FW cam slv.gif
SS-Oberscharführer
(SS-Senior squad leader)

(SS-Standartenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)

Feldwebel (OR-6)
(Fähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette.jpg
SS-Scharführer.svg
WSS OR5 Scharführer-Panzer.jpg
UFW cam slv.gif
SS-Scharführer
(SS-Squad leader)
(SS-Oberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unterfeldwebel (OR-5)
Luftwaffe epaulette Unterfeldwebel.svg
SS-Unterscharführer.svg
WSS OR4 Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
UO Cam Slv.gif
SS-Unterscharführer
(SS-Junior squad leader)
(SS-Junker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unteroffizier (OR-4)
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
UnteroffEpaulette.jpg
No equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-4) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Stabsgefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
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SScplshld.gif
WSS OR1-3 Mannschaft2.jpg
SS-Rottenführer
(SS-Section leader)
Obergefreiter (OR-4) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg

Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (over 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (under 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg

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SSlcplsldr.gif
WSS OR1-3 Mannschaft2.jpg
SS-Sturmmann
(SS-Storm trooper)
Gefreiter (OR-3) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Gefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
SS-Schutze Oberschutze.svg
SSpfcsldr.gif
WSS OR1-3 Mannschaft2.jpg
SS-Oberschütze
(SS-Senior rifleman)
Oberschütze (OR-2) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Oberschütze of the Wehrmacht.svg
SS-Schutze Oberschutze.svg
WSS OR1-3 Mannschaft2.jpg
SS-Schütze
(SS-Rifleman)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier (OR-1)
Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Volunteer to the service of the Waffen-SS Conscript or military volunteer who enlists and may become an NCO or Officer of the Wehrmacht
Remarks

Details, conditions, and prerequisites for SS-Candidates, aspirant or volunteers for full membership to the Allgemeine SS are described in the main articles SS-Bewerber and SS-Anwärter.

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