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Naval Ensign of Germany.svg
MDS 31 Bootsmann 30.svg MDJA 31 Bootsmann 60 Lu.svg 65px
shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1955
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Navy Bootsmann
Army / Air Force Feldwebel

The German term Bootsmann translates to Boatswain, i.e. the senior crewman of the deck department.

In a military context, Bootsmann (Btsm or B) is the lowest Portepeeunteroffizier (NCO with portepeé) rank in the German Navy. It belongs to the particular rank group Senior NCOs with port épée. It is grouped as OR6 in NATO, equivalent to Petty Officer First Class in the US Navy, and to Petty Officer in the British Royal Navy.

In navy context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr Bootsmann also informally / short Bootsmann.

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

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

junior Rank
Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg

(German NCO rank)

senior Rank
See also

Equivalent in other NATO countries

  • Flag of Belgium.svg – Maître
  • Flag of Canada.svg – Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Flag of Croatia.svg – Narednik
  • Flag of Denmark.svg – no equivalent
  • Flag of France.svg – Maître
  • Flag of Greece.svg – Κελευστής Kelefstis
  • Flag of Iceland.svg – no equivalent
  • Flag of Italy.svg – secondo capo
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg – no equivalent
  • Flag of Norway.svg – no equivalent
  • Flag of Poland.svg – Starszy bosman
  • Flag of Portugal.svg – Segundo-sargento
  • Flag of Spain.svg – Sargento
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg – RN: Petty Officer; RMC: Sergeant
  • Flag of the United States.svg – USN: Petty Officer First Class; USMC: Staff Sergeant

Other countries

These names were adopted for the Russian Navy as боцман and боцманмат by Peter the Great, among many other Prussian and Holland military ranks; they were initially treated as positions rather than ranks.