Obergefreiter (abbr. OGefr.) is a rank of the German and Swiss
militaries which dates from the 19th century.
German Army rank insignia (shoulder tab)
German Navy rank insignia (sleeve)
Obergefreiter rank insignia (Illustrated:
Luftwaffe airman Flieger shoulder tab with yellow piping and
Obergefreiter insignia worn on the upper left-sleeve).
The rank was only used in the German army's heavy artillery branch
(Fußartillerie) before 1919 and commonly established with the
founding of the Reichswehr. Translated as "senior lance-corporal", in
World War II
World War II the rank was normally given to soldiers who had command
over small squads or to those soldiers who held the rank of Gefreiter
and had performed a significant feat of achievement. An Obergefreiter
was not considered a non-commissioned officer (Unteroffizier).
In today's Bundeswehr, every
Gefreiter is normally promoted
Obergefreiter after six months. The NATO-Code is OR-3 which would make
Obergefreiter the equivalent to private / airman / seaman first class
in most forces or, e.g., lance corporal in the Australian/New Zealand
Forces. Like all enlisted personnel in the German Bundeswehr, soldiers
of this rank have no military authority over lower ranking enlisted
personnel (for instance
Schütze or Gefreiter), except given by a
higher rank.[clarification needed]
Swiss rank insignia
Swiss Armed Forces
Swiss Armed Forces the rank of
Obergefreiter (short: Obgfr) was
introduced after a long debate on 1 January 2004. They are
specialists, who take over tasks of responsibility or hold the
position of a group commander.
Bundeswehr the lower rank is
Gefreiter while the next rank is
Hauptgefreiter. The lower rank in the Swiss Army is also Gefreiter,
the next rank is Korporal.
German Army rank insignia
German Navy rank insignia
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