(Heer / Luftwaffe)
Rank insignia German officer rank
Rank group Commissioned officers
Army / Air Force Oberstleutnant
NATO equivalent OF-4
Army Lieutenant colonel
Air force Wing commander
⇒ 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 On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two silver pips (stars) in silver oak leaves.
Oberstleutnant i.G. (Gen. staff service)
Oberstleutnant (Army reconnaissance)
Oberstleutnant d.R. (Mech. infantry reserve)
junior Rank Major (Germany)
(German officer rank) Oberstleutnant
senior Rank Oberst
Comparative military ranks of World War I Comparative military ranks of World War II
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