- For the use of this rank in other countries, see major.
|Service branch|| German Army|
German Air Force
|NATO rank code||OF-3|
|Next higher rank||Oberstleutnant|
|Next lower rank||Hauptmann|
Major (German pronunciation: [maˈjoːɐ]) is the lowest staff officer rank in the German Army (Heer), German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The rank is rated OF-3 in NATO. 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).
On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there is one silver pip (star) in silver oak leaves.
German Heer/Luftwaffe officer rank
|Line officer career|
|Warrant officer / officer specialist career|
|Hauptmann||Stabshauptmann||End of officer specialist career|