Reichsführer-SS

RFSS

General of the army
SS-Oberstgruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS

Ostgruf

General
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS (1)

Ogruf

Lt General
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (2)

Gruf

Major General
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (3)

Brigaf

Brigadier General
SS-Oberführer

Obf

Senior colonel
SS-Standartenführer

Staf

Colonel
SS-Obersturmbannführer

Ostubaf

Lt Colonel
SS-Sturmbannführer

Stubaf

Major
SS-Hauptsturmführer

Hstuf

Captain
SS-Obersturmführer

Ostuf

1st Lieutenant
SS-Untersturmführer

Ustuf

2d Lieutenant
SS-Sturmscharführer

Stuscha

Sergeant Major
SS-Hauptscharführer

Hscha

Master sergeant
SS-Oberscharführer

Oscha

Technical sergeant
SS-Scharführer

Scha

Staff sergeant
SS-Unterscharführer

Uscha

Sergeant
SS-Rottenführer

Rttf

Corporal
SS-Sturmmann (4)

Strmm

Corporal
SS-Oberschütze (etc) (5)




Private 1st class
SS-Schütze (etc) (6)




Private
SS-Staffelbewerber




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1. Until 1940 this rank was known as SS-Obergruppenführer.
2. Until 1940 this rank was known as SS-Gruppenführer.
3. Until 1940 this rank was known as SS-Brigadeführer.
4. For non-SS members the rank was SS-Staffel-Sturmmann.
5. Until July 1941 this rank was known as SS-Staffelmann.
6. Until July 1941 this rank was known as SS-Staffelanwärter.

Note that the prefix SS- was (usually) replaced with Waffen- or Legion- in the non-germanic units

Officer candidates
SS-Standartenoberjunker SS-Hauptscharführer
SS-Standartenjunker SS-Scharführer
SS-Junker SS-Unterscharführer

The rank of SS-Junker was given to an officer-applicant when he was accepted into the Junkerschule, if he passed the mid-term exam he was given the rank of SS-Standartenjunker. When he passed the final exam he was given the rank of SS-Standartenoberjunker which he held until he received his commissioned rank as SS-Untersturmführer.

The SS-Schütze and SS-Oberschütze ranks varied according to the type of units as listed below.

SS-Artillerie Einheit SS-Kanonier SS-Oberkanonier
SS-Bewährungs Einheit SS-Bewährungsschütze SS-Bewährungsoberschütze
SS-Feldgendarmerie Einheit SS-Feldgendarm -
SS-Flak Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Gebirgs Artillerie Einheit SS-Kanonier SS-Oberkanonier
SS-Gebirgsjäger Einheit SS-Jäger SS-Oberschütze
SS-Grenadier Einheit SS-Grenadier SS-Obergrenadier
SS-Karstwehr Einhet SS-Jäger SS-Oberschütze
SS-Kradschützen Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Kriegberichter Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Nachrichten Einheit SS-Funker SS-Oberfunker
SS-Nachschub Einheit (besp.) SS-Fahrer SS-Oberfahrer
SS-Nachschub Einheit (mot) SS-Kraftfahrer SS-Oberkraftfahrer
SS-Panzer Einheit SS-Panzerschütze SS-Panzeroberschütze
SS-Panzergrenadier Einheit SS-Panzergrenadier SS-Panzerobergrenadier
SS-Panzerjäger Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Panzerspäh Einheit SS-Panzerschütze SS-Panzeroberschütze
SS-Pionier Einheit SS-Pionier SS-Oberpionier
SS-Radfahr Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Reiter Einheit SS-Reiter SS-Oberreiter
SS-Sanitäts Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Sturmgeschütz Einheit SS-Kanonier SS-Oberkanonier
SS-Wehrgeologen Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Werfer Einheit SS-Kanonier SS-Oberkanonier
SS-Werkstatt Einheit SS-Schütze SS-Oberschütze
SS-Veterinär Einheit SS-Reiter SS-Oberreiter

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