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Stabsunteroffizier is a military rank of the German Bundeswehr. It should not be mixed up to the rank Unterfeldwebel that was used until 1945 in the Nazi-Wehrmacht, respectively until 1990 in the GDR National People's Army. In the Austrian Armed Forces Stabsunteroffizier is the collective name to all higher Non-commissioned officers.


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(Heer / Luftwaffe)
HD H 22 Stabsunteroffizier Pz.svg LD B 22 Stabsunteroffizier.svg
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1955
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Army / Air Force Stabsunteroffizier
Navy Obermaat
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rank insignia field- and battle dress


Stabsunteroffizier (short StUffz or SU) is a military rank of the Deutsche Bundeswehr to persons in uniform of the Heer and Luftwaffe. Legal basis is the Presidential order of the Federal president (de: Bundespräsident) on rank insignia and uniforms of soldiers[2]


Stabsunteroffizier is the highest NCO-grade oft rank group Unteroffizier ohne Portepee.

According to the salary class (A 6-7) it is equivalent to the Obermaat of Deutsche Marine. It is also grouped as OR-5 in NATO, equivalent to Sergeant, Staff Sergeant in the US Armed forces.

In army context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr/ Frau Stabsunteroffizier also informally / short StUffz.

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:
Unteroffizier ohne Portepee

The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"!

Preceded by
junior Rank
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Succeeded by
senior Rank


Stabsunteroffizier(e), also Stabsunteroffizier corps, is the collective name to all senior NCO-ranks in the modern day´s Austrian Bundesheer. It comprises the ranks of the assignment group M ZUO 1 (longer-serving NCO 1; de: Unteroffiziere auf Zeit 1) with the ranks Stabswachtmeister, Oberstabswachtmeister, and Offiziersstellvertreter. The assignment group M BUO 1 (professional NCOs 1; de: Berufsunteroffiziere 1) comprises additionally the highest NCO-rank Vizeleutnant.

Training and education of the Stabsunteroffizier corps was reformed in 1995 and until 2000 finally introduced to the armed forces. First effected were professional NCOs of the assignment group M BUO 1. The number of trainees was limited to 150 persons in uniform, with a service time of at least four years, with the rank Wachtmeister upward and very good level at English language.

In the result of a positive entrance examination aspirants attended the Staff-NCO trainings course (new) on the Heeresunteroffiziersakademie (HUAk) in Enns. The one year study is divided in two semesters. The first semester (sex moth course) is provided by the HUAk, and the second semester (an other sex moth course) has to be offered by the appropriate service branch (de: Waffengattung) or technical college (de: Fachschule). After positive HUAk-graduation regular assignments to a Stabsunteroffizier might be platoon commander (de: Zugführer), or service in a military staff or headquarters.

Rank group Stabsunteroffiziere
Field uniform Vzlt Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Ostv Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Ostwm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Stwm Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget Vzlt Rockkragen AT.jpg Ostv Rockkragen AT.jpg Ostwm Rockkragen AT.jpg Stwm Rockkragen AT.jpg
Corps colour Communications Artillery, Air defence Guard Reconnaissance
Flat cap Vzlt OR9a-Tellerkappe AT.jpg OStv OR9b-Tellerkappe AT.jpg OstWm OR8-Tellerkappe AT.jpg StWm OR7-Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank Vizeleutnant (Vzlt) Offiziersstellvertreter (OStv) Oberstabswachtmeister (OStWm) Stabswachtmeister (StWm)
NATO equivalent Vice lieutenant Officer deputy Sergeant 1st Class Staff Sergeqnt
Flag of NATO.svg rank OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-5


  1. The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"
  2. The Federal president (publisher): Order of the Federal president (de: Bundespräsident) on rank insignia and uniform of soldiers (short title: BPräsUnifAnO), ishued July 14, 1978.

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