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The MILITARY RANKS OF THE SWISS ARMED FORCES have changed little over the centuries, except for the introduction, in 2001, of a new set of warrant officers . The rank insignia for all personnel are worn on shoulder boards with the appropriate background colour (see below ). The exception is that, in all services, rank insignia is not worn by recruits; it is however worn by privates once they have finished recruit school. Designations are given here in German, French, Italian and Romansh (in this order), with an English translation which is used during overseas missions. In the chart below, NATO codes are used for comparison purposes only; Switzerland is not a member of NATO, and the rank structure in the senior officer region can be seen to diverge significantly from other armies'.

CONTENTS

* 1 Enlisted ranks

* 1.1 Enlisted men * 1.2 Non-commissioned officers (NCO) * 1.3 Higher NCOs

* 2 Officers

* 2.1 Subaltern officers and Hauptleute (captains) * 2.2 Staff officers, specialist * 2.3 Higher staff officers * 2.4 Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces

* 3 Shoulder board colour (Waffenfarbe) * 4 References * 5 External links

ENLISTED RANKS

ENLISTED MEN

Ranks for enlisted personnel (de: Grade der Mannschaften), with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OR-1B

REKRUT (REK) Recrue (recr) recluta recrut Recruit

OR-1A

SOLDAT (SDT) Soldat (Sdt) soldato schuldà Private (PTE)

OR-2

GEFREITER (GFR) appointé (App) appuntato appuntà appointee

OR-3

OBERGEFREITER (OBGFR) appointé-chef (App chef) appuntato capo primappuntà Private first class (PFC) Specialists who take over tasks of responsibility or hold the position of a squad commander . If the Obgfr has a commanding role, they count among the NCOs, otherwise they are enlisted men . A soldier may be promoted to Obgfr after attending the NCO course at the Swiss Army's Recruit School, during which time they are also called Anwärter. Upon very good conduct, a Gefreiter may also be promoted to Obergefreiter at a "repetition course". This promotion is not linked to extended duty (service time).

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS (NCO)

Ranks for NCOs (de: Grade der Unteroffiziere), with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OR-4

KORPORAL (KPL) Caporal (Cpl) Corporale (Cpl) Caporal (Cpl) Corporal Before the reorganization of the Swiss Armed Forces, this was the standard junior NCO rank, while the rank of Wachtmeister (Sergeant) was awarded to NCOs upon good conduct. Currently, the standard junior NCO rank is Wachtmeister (Sergeant), while soldiers in the rank of a Korporal (Corporal) serve as specialist NCOs (e.g. arms specialization, CBRN specialization etc.)

OR-5B

WACHTMEISTER (WM) Sergent (Sgt) Sergente (Sgt) Sergent (Sgt) Sergeant
Sergeant

OR-5A

OBERWACHTMEISTER (OBWM) Sergent chef (Sgt chef) Sergente capo (Sgt capo) Caposergent (Csgt)

HIGHER NCOS

Ranks for higher NCOs (de: Grade der höheren Unteroffiziere), with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OR-6

FELDWEIBEL (FW) Sergent-major (Sgtm) Sergente maggiore (Sgtm) Primsergent (Psgt) Master sergeant
Master sergeant
(SSgt) Lowest rank of "Higher non-commissioned officers" (NCO); it used to be a higher rank than Feldweibel and to oversee unit-level military service and operations. Changed under the 1995 reform to a specialist rank. Nowadays, Feldweibel are almost only seen in military police and NBC units.

OR-7

FOURIER (FOUR) Fourrier (Four) Furiere (Fur) Furier (Fur) Quartermaster sergeant (QMS) The higher NCO who administers a company's finances, subsistence and lodging.

OR-7

HAUPTFELDWEIBEL (HPTFW) Sergent-major chef (Sgtm chef) Sergente maggiore capo (sgtm capo) Capoprimsergent (cpsgt) First sergeant (SFC) The Hauptfeldweibel oversees unit-level military service and operations.

OR-8

ADJUTANT UNTEROFFIZIER (ADJ UOF) Adjudant sous-officier (Adj Sof) Aiutante sottufficiale (aiut suff) Adjutant sutuffizier (Adj suff) Warrant officer class 2

OR-9

STABSADJUTANT (STABSADJ) Adjudant d'état-major (adjut EM) Aiutante di stato maggiore (aiut SM) Adjutant da stab (Adj S) Warrant officer class 1

OR-9

HAUPTADJUTANT (HPTADJ) Adjudant-major (Adjm) Aiutante maggiore (Aiut magg) Adjutant principal (Adj prin) Warrant officer class 1

OR-9

CHEFADJUTANT (CHEFADJ) Adjutant-chef (Adj chef) Aiutante capo (Aiut capo) Chefadjutant (Schefadj)

OFFICERS

SUBALTERN OFFICERS AND HAUPTLEUTE (CAPTAINS)

Ranks for subaltern officers, with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OF-1B

Leutnant (Lt) Lieutenant (Lt) Tenente (Ten) Litenet (Lt) Second lieutenant
Second lieutenant

OF-1A

Oberleutnant (Oblt) Premier-lieutenant (Plt) Primo tenente (I ten) Primlitenant (Plt) First lieutenant

OF-2

Hauptmann (Hptm) Capitaine (Cap) Capitano (Cap) Chapitani (Chap) Captain

STAFF OFFICERS, SPECIALIST

Ranks for staff officers and specialists, with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OF-3

Major (Maj) Major (Maj) Maggiore (Magg) Maior (Mai) Major (Maj) Several assignments in a battalion's staff (deputy S1-7), under special circumstances appointment to battalion commander, teacher or staff officer on a military academy, commander of a HQ company, staff officer in major units.

OF-4

Oberstleutnant (Oberstlt) Lieutenant-colonel (Lt col) Tenete colonnello (Ten col) Litinent colonel (Lt col) Lieutenant colonel
Lieutenant colonel
(Ltc) Battalion commander, staff officer in major units.

OF-5

Oberst (Oberst) Colonel (Col) Colonnello (Col) Colonel
Colonel
(Col) Colonel
Colonel
(Col) Under special circumstances appointment to battalion commander, deputy commander of a brigade, staff officer in major units.

OF1A-5

FACHOFFIZIER (FACHOF) Officier spécialiste (Of spéc) Ufficiale specialista (Uff spec) Uffizier spezialist (Uff spez) Specialist Officer "Specialist Officer", variable from OF1a to OF5, all officer's rank groups.

HIGHER STAFF OFFICERS

Higher staff officers wear black lampasses on the outside seam of dress uniform trousers.

Ranks for higher staff officers, with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OF-6

BRIGADIER (BR) Brigadier
Brigadier
(Br) Brigadiere Brigadier Brigadier
Brigadier
general One-star rank , commander of a brigade , also military attaché

OF-7

DIVISIONäR (DIV) Divisionnaire (div) Divisionario Divisionär Major
Major
general Two-star rank , commander of territorial region, also in an Army HQ or staff.

OF-8
OF-8

KORPSKOMMANDANT (KKDT) Commandant de corps (cdt C) Comandante di corpo Korpskommandant Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
Three-star rank , also the rank of the Chief of the Armed Forces , highest rank in peace time.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES

Rank for the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces , with NATO equivalent, insignia, and designations in five languages

rank RANK INSIGNIA NAME DESCRIPTION

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OF-9
OF-9

GENERAL (GEN) Général Generale Generale General The rank is assigned only during time of war, when the Federal Assembly chooses one general to command the entire Swiss military. Otherwise the word "general" is not used.

Generals were appointed during the Neuchâtel Crisis (Guillaume Henri Dufour ), Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
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