Ranks of the Nationale Volksarmee
- Published: 12 January 2011 12 January 2011
- Last Updated: 07 April 2012 07 April 2012
The below were the ranks of the Landstreitkräfte & Luftstreitkräfte / Luftverteidigung (Ground Forces and Air Force), the ranks of the Volksmarine were different.
Marschall der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (DDR)
Note: The rank of Marschall der DDR was instituted on 25 March 1982; it was apparently abolished in 1989. Although never bestowed, Armeegeneral Dr. h.c., Dipl.-Mil. Heinz Hoffmann (died 2 Dec 1985), the East German Minister for National Defense and senior serving general of the NVA, would have been the prime candidate for promotion to Marschall der DDR in the event of war.
Field Grade Officers
Company Grade Officers
Unterleutnant (for “Offiziere auf Zeit” with a minimum service obligation of three, later four years)
Note: A Fähnrich, et al. of the NVA was usually not an officer candidate, but a rank of the special, 15-year (including two-year training) service commitmemnt Fähnrichslaufbahn (warrant officer career).
Note: Hauptfeldwebel was the duty title for those senior NCOs serving as company first sergeants. The position was denoted by the wear of a single braid band on each uniform sleeve cuff. In the Wehrmacht of World War II as well as in the Bundeswehr, such NCOs were known as "Der Spiess," but wore two braid bands on each sleeve cuff.
Note: The rank of Soldat was initially Flieger in the Luftsreitkräfte / Luftverteidigung, though this appears to have been changed to Soldat.