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(Heer / Luftwaffe)

Rank insignia German officer rank

Introduction 1956

Rank group Commissioned officers

Army / Air Force Oberstleutnant

Navy Fregattenkapitän

NATO equivalent OF-4

Army Lieutenant colonel

Air force Wing commander

Navy Commander

Oberstleutnant (German pronunciation: [ˈʔoːbɐstlɔʏtnant]) is a German Army
German Army
and German Air Force
German Air Force
rank equal to lieutenant colonel, above Major, and below Oberst.

See also

⇒ Article: Ranks of the German Bundeswehr ⇒ Article: Rank insignia of the German Bundeswehr There are two paygrades associated to the rank of Oberstleutnant. Paygrade A14 is the standard level paygrade whereas A15 is assigned to senior Oberstleutnant personnel. Oberstleutnant of the General Staff or Reserve have the words "im Generalstabsdienst" (i.G.), "der Reserve" (d.R.) after their rank—thus: "OTL i.G.", "OTL d.R." Oberstleutnant who are definitely retired are described as "außer Dienst" (a.D.) During World War II, the SS maintained an equivalent rank known as Obersturmbannführer.

Rank insignia[edit] On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two silver pips (stars) in silver oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe

Oberstleutnant i.G. (Gen. staff service)

Oberstleutnant (Army reconnaissance)

Oberstleutnant d.R. (Mech. infantry reserve)

Oberstleutnant (flecktarn)

Oberstleutnant (tropentarn)

junior Rank Major (Germany)

(German officer rank) Oberstleutnant

senior Rank Oberst

See also[edit]

Comparative military ranks of World War I Comparative military ranks of World War II

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