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Naval Ensign of Germany.svg
MDS 32 Oberbootsmann 60.svg[1] MDJA 32 Oberbootsmann 70 Lu.svg[2] 65px
shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1955
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Navy Oberbootsmann
Army / Air Force Oberfeldwebel
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant

Oberbootsmann (OBtsm or in lists OB) 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 epée.

According to the salary class it is equivalent to the Oberfeldwebel of Heer or Luftwaffe. It is grouped as OR6 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 Oberbootsmann also informally / short Oberbootsmann.

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.svg – Chief petty officer 2nd class/ Premier maître de 2e classe
  • Flag of Croatia.svg – Stožerni narednik
  • Flag of Denmark.svg – Seniorsergent
  • 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


  1. Hartmut Bagger, Armed Forces Staff (Germany) I 3, ZDv 37/10. Anzugordnung für die Soldaten der Bundeswehr, ed. (16 07 2008), [Digitalisat (PDF; 3,5 MB) "4 Kennzeichnungen"] (in German), : Juli 1996. Neudruck von Oktober 2008, pp. 539, Digitalisat (PDF; 3,5 MB) 
  2. Links: Rank insignia on shoulder straps für Marineuniformträger der 60-er Verwendungsreihen. Rechts: Ärmelabzeichen der Jacke des Dienstanzugs eines Marineuniformträgers der 70-er Verwendungsreihen. Soldaten in anderer Verwendung weisen andere Verwendungabzeichen auf.