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-Oberstgruppenführer Collar Rank.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-oberstgr.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-Obergruppenführer Collar Rank.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-obergr.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-Gruppenführer Collar Rank.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-gruppen.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-Brigadeführer Collar Rank.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-brigade.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-Oberführer Collar Rank.svg
SS Standartenfuhrer - Infantry.jpg
Oberfuehrer.png
SS-Oberführer
(SS-Senior leader of the Waffen-SS)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg No equivalent.
SS-Standartenführer Collar Rank.svg
SS Standartenfuhrer - 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
Shoulder-wss-ill-hauptsturmf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-sturmscharf.jpg
StFW cam slv.gif
SS-Sturmscharführer
(SS-Assault squad leader)
Stabsfeldwebel (OR-8)
Luftwaffe epaulette Stabsfeldwebel.svg
SS-Sturmscharführer, German nickname "Spiess" is a specific appointment, comparable to the "company sergeant major". Appointment insignia: so-called "double piston rings" on both cuffs (of sleeves) on the uniform jacket and the overcoat. The position is committed to experienced senior NCO already promoted to SS-Hauptscharführer (OR-7) or SS-Oberscharführer (OR-6), seldom SS-Scharführer (OR-5). SS-Stabsscharführer "Spiess"
(senior NCO, e.g. Hauptscharführer or Oberscharführer, seldom Scharführer)
Hauptfeldwebel "Spiess"
(senior NCO e.g., Oberfeldwebel or Feldwebel, seldom Unterfeldwebel)
SS-Hauptscharführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-hauptscharf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-oberscharf.jpg
FW cam slv.gif
SS-Oberscharführer
(SS-Senior squad leader)

(SS-Standartenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)

Feldwebel (OR-6)
(Fähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette.jpg
SS-Scharführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-scharf.jpg
UFW cam slv.gif
SS-Scharführer
(SS-Squad leader)
(SS-Oberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unterfeldwebel (OR-5)
Luftwaffe epaulette Unterfeldwebel.svg
SS-Unterscharführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-unterscharf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-rottenf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-rottenf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-rottenf.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
Shoulder-wss-ill-rottenf.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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