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Naval Ensign of Germany.svg
MDS 33 Hauptbootsmann 70.svg MDJA 33 Hauptbootsmann 50 Lu.svg MA OG5 33 Hauptbootsmann.svg
shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1955
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Navy Hauptbootsmann
Army / Air Force Hauptfeldwebel
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant

Hauptbootsmann (HptBtsm or in lists HB) designates in the German Navy of the Bundeswehr a military person or member of the armed forces. It belongs to the particular rank group Senior NCOs with port épée.

According to the salary class it is equivalent to the Officer Aspirant (OA – de: Offizieranwärter) rank Oberfähnrich zur See (Marine) and to and Hauptfeldwebel of Heer or Luftwaffe. It is grouped as OR7 in NATO, equivalent to First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, or Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Armed forces, and to Warrant Officer Class 2 in the British Army and Royal Navy.

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

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
senior Rank
Oberfähnrich zur See
See also

Equivalent in other NATO countries

  • Flag of Belgium.svg – Premier-maître chef/ Eerste meester
  • Flag of Canada.svgPetty Officer 1st Class
  • Flag of Croatia.svg – Narednik
  • Flag of Denmark.svg – Oversergent
  • Flag of France.svg – Premier maître
  • Flag of Greece.svg – Επικελευστής/ Epikelefstis
  • Flag of Iceland.svg – Petty officer/specialist (after 6 years service)
  • Flag of Italy.svg – secondo capo scelto
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg – Sergeant-majoor
  • Flag of Norway.svg – no equivalent
  • Flag of Poland.svg – Młodszy chorąży marynarki
  • Flag of Portugal.svg – Sargento-ajudante
  • Flag of Spain.svg – Sargento primero
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg – Chief Petty Officer/ Colour Sergeant
  • Flag of the United States.svg – Chief Petty Officer/ Gunnery Sergeant