A Staffel (pronounced [ˈʃtafl̩], ultimately from Proto-Germanic *stapul, "pillar") is a military organization in German-speaking militaries. NATO doctrine recognizes the Staffel as a level of command unique to Germany. A Staffel is larger than a platoon but smaller than a company.
The NATO map symbol for a Staffel is:
Main article: Organization of the Luftwaffe (1933–45) § Staffel
A Luftwaffe Staffel usually had nine to twelve aircraft. Three or four Staffeln comprised a Gruppe, while a single Staffel was divided into three Schwärme (singular: Schwarm) consisting of four to six aircraft.