The Austrian army of the Second Republic has 21 military ranks. Gorget patches generally show corps colors (Waffenfarbe), as is presented below.

Military ranks

Generals

Rank group Generals
Field suit
Suit 75/03
Jacket gorget
Flat cap
Rank General* (Gen) Generalleutnant (GenLt) Generalmajor (GenMjr) Brigadier (Bgdr)
NATO equivalent General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general
rank
OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6
*The federal-eagle on the flat cap is underlaid in red colour .

Officers

Rank group Officers
Field suit
Suit 75/03
Jacket gorget
Corps colour Military medicine Support
service
Advanced Technical
service
Jäger
Military police
Armour
Panzergrenadiers
Theresianische
Militärakademie
Veterinarian service mil-specialized service
Flat cap
Rank Oberst (Obst) Oberstleutnant (Obstlt) Major (Mjr) Hauptmann (Hptm) Oberleutnant (Olt) Leutnant (Lt) Fähnrich (Austria) (Fhr)
NATO equivalent Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Officer Cadet
rank
OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 a b c
OF-1
See also main article
Waffenfarbe (Austria)

Non-commissioned officers

Rank group Staff NCOs (de: Stabsunteroffiziere) NCOs (de: Unteroffiziere)
Field suit
Suit 75/03
Jacket gorget
Corps colour Signals Artillery, Air defence Guard Reconnaissance Medical service Aviator
 
Flat cap
Rank Vizeleutnant
(Vzlt)
Offiziersstellvertreter
(OStv)
Oberstabswachtmeister
(OStWm)
Stabswachtmeister
(StWm)
Oberwachtmeister
(OWm)
Wachtmeister
(Wm)
NATO equivalent Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Sergeant Major (SGM) 1st Sergeant (1SG) Sergeant 1st Class (SFC) Staff Sergeant (SSG) Sergeant (SGT)
rank
a b OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5
OR-9

Charges and recruits

Rank group Charges (de: Chargen) Recruits (de: Rekruten)
Field suit
Anzug 75/03
Jacket gorget
Corps colour Engineers Special Forces, Army sports NBC-Defence Jäger, Military police
Peaked cap
Rank Zugsführer (Zgf) Korporal (Kpl) Gefreiter (Gfr) Rekrut (Rek)
NATO equivalent Corporal Private 1st Class Private no insignia Private
rank
OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Special case military gymnasium

Pupils (de: Zöglinge) of the Military gymnasium wear black shoulder rank insignias on their dress uniform. On the duty suits black mounting loops have to be worn. However, the particular insignia has to be in line with actual school level. The appropriate school year is symbolised by a small golden strip.

See also

Possible appointments in correlation to rank or grade

Rank group Military rank Possible appointments/ assignments
Military staff (without any rank or grade) Rekrut
(Wehrmann until 1998)[1]
Generic infantryman
Charges Gefreiter Generic infantryman
Korporal Squad leader dep.
Zugsführer
Unteroffiziere Wachtmeister Squad leader
Oberwachtmeister
Stabsunteroffiziere Stabswachtmeister
  • Leader of a squad (on technical corps)
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Oberstabswachtmeister
Offiziersstellvertreter
  • Platoon leader
  • Clerk in a staff
Vizeleutnant
Officers Fähnrich Military university graduate and Officer Aspirant (OA)
Leutnant Platoon leader
Oberleutnant Company commander (CO CDR) dep.
Hauptmann CO CDR
Major
  • Battalion commander (BN CDR)
  • CDR of a (headquarters-)company
Oberstleutnant
  • BN CDR
  • CDR of a (headquarters-)company on technical corps or a school
  • Appointment to a staff or to the (federal) Ministry Of Defence (MOD) and Sports Austria
Oberst
  • CDR of a brigade (BDE)
  • CDR of a regiment (REGT)
  • Appointment to a staff and to MOD and Sports Austria
  • Defence attaché
General officers Brigadier
  • Head of a grout on central point in MOD and Sports Austria
  • CDR of the Command Support Center
  • Head of the Office for Armament and Procurement
  • Head of the Office for Armament and Military Technology
  • Head of the Military Real Estate Management Center
  • CDR of the Heeres–Unterofficers–Academy
  • Division Chief on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission to Soldiers
  • CDR of the Military Medical Center
  • CDR of the Heeres-Hospital
  • CDR of the Air Surveillance Command
  • Military CDR
  • CDR BDE
  • CDR of a Heeres-Branch-School
  • CDR of an Air Force School and Air Defence School
  • CDR of an ABC-Defence School
  • CDR of a Heeres-Logistics School
  • CDR of a (military) Medical School
  • Head of the (military) Counter-espionage Office
  • Deputy (DEP) Director Security Policy on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • DEP CDR of the (Austrian) Defence College
  • DEP CDR of the Theresianic Defence College
  • DEP CDR of the Command and Control Support Center
  • DEP CDR of the Combat Service Support Command
  • DEP Chief of the Office of Armament and Military Technology
  • DEP Chief of the Military Real Estate Management Center
  • DEP Chief of the Heeres-Intelligence-Office
  • DEP Chief of the (military) Counter-espionage Office
  • Division Chief "weapon systems and ammunition", "vehicles, device, and personal equipment", and "aircraft".
  • Division Chief "purchase"and "IT- and communications technology systems" of the institute of military geography, as well as branch Chief management "IT- and communications technology systems" of the Command Support Center.
  • Chief of the Air Force Material Staff
  • Chief of the institute to the (Austrian) Defence Academy
  • Defence attaché
Generalmajor
(formerly Divisionär)
  • Adjutant of the Federal Presidente
  • Chief of Staff (COS) MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief of the Planning Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief Armed Forces Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chief of Armament Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Commanding general Air Force
  • Commanding general International Commitments
  • CDR of the Theresianic Defence College
  • CDR of the Combat Service Support Command
  • DEP CDR of the Task Force Command
  • COS Armed Forces Control Command
  • Chief of the Heeres-Intelligence Office
  • DEP Chief of a Division on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
Generalleutnant
(formerly Korpskommandant)
  • DEP Chief of the General Staff on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Chiefs of Division on central point of MOD and Sports Austria
  • Commanding general of the Armed Forces
  • CDR of the (Austrian) Defence College
General
  • Chief of the General Staff of the Austrian Bundesheer on central point of MOD and Sports Austria

Additions

To the rank or grade might be (among others) added addendums as follows.

Abbreviation Long version
A Arzt (en: physician)
aD außer Dienst (off duty)
dG des Generalstabsdienstes (of the general staff service)
dhmfD des höheren militärfachlichen Dienstes (of the higher military specialised service)
dhmtD des höheren militärtechnischen Dienstes (of the higher military technical service)
dIntD des Intendanzdienstes (of the commissariat service)
dRes der Reserve (of the reserve)
iR in Ruhe (retired)

e.g.: MjrA (major physician), Lt aD (lieutenant off duty), ObstdG (colonel of the general staff service), HptmdhmtD (captain of the higher military technical service), ObstltdIntD (lieutenant colonel of the commissariat service), Olt dRes (first lieutenant of the reserve), Bgdr iR (general brigadier retired).


References

  1. ^ "915 der Beilagen zu den Stenographischen Protokollen des Nationalrates XX. GP" (PDF). Österreichisches Parlament. 10 December 1997. p. 51. Retrieved 19 November 2010. Im Hinblick auf die geplante Öffnung des Bundesheeres für freiwillige militärische Dienstleistungen von Frauen soll der niederste militärische Dienstgrad statt derzeit "Wehrmann" künftig einheitlich für beide Geschlechter mit dem Begriff "Rekrut" bezeichnet werden.