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(Heer / Luftwaffe)
HD H 33a Oberfähnrich HFlg.svg LD B 33a Oberfähnrich.svg
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1957
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Army / Air Force Oberfähnrich
Navy Oberfähnrich zur See

Oberfähnrich (OFähnr or OFR) designates in the Heer of the Bundeswehr a military person or member of the armed forces with the last or highest Officer Aspirant (OA – de: Offizieranwärter) rank. According to the salary class it is equivalent to the Portepeeunteroffizier ranks Hauptfeldwebel of Heer or Luftwaffe, and Hauptbootsmann of Marine.

It is also grouped as OR-7 in NATO, equivalent to Sergeant 1st Class, Master Sergeant, or 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 Oberfähnrich also informally / short Oberfähnrich.

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


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

junior Rank
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg

senior Rank
See also


The top-down sequence of German Heer/ Luftwaffe, and Navy Officer Aspirant (OA) ranks is as follows:

Already below the lowest officer designated rank "Fahnenjunker" any military person, assigned to an officer career, has to wear additionally to the particular rank the two capital letters “OA”, indicating to the “Officer Aspirant” career. The "nautical star" symbolises the "OA" career.

Equivalent in other countries

  • Flag of Denmark.svgFændrik
  • Flag of Germany.svgOberfähnrich
  • Flag of France.svgAspirant/ Élève-officier
  • Flag of Italy.svgAllievo Ufficiale I
  • Flag of Canada.svgEleve-Officier/ Officer cadet
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svgVaandrig/Kornet
  • Flag of Austria.svgFähnrich
  • Flag of Russia.svgKursant not to be confused with Praporshik
  • Flag of Spain.svgTeniente segundo
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svgOfficer cadet
  • Flag of the United States.svgOfficer candidate