This article is about the German Marine “Oberbootsmann” OR7. For the equivalent US and UK naval ranks, see Chief Petty Officer.
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

shoulder board[1] / cuff title[2] / mounting loop
Country Germany
Service branch German Navy
Abbreviation OBtsm or OB
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Rank Oberbootsmann
NATO rank OR-6
Formation 1955
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Next higher rank Hauptbootsmann
Oberfähnrich zur See
Next lower rank Bootsmann
Equivalent ranks

Oberbootsmann (OBtsm or in lists OB) designates in the German Navy of the Bundeswehr a military person or member of the armed forces. It belongs to the particular rank group Senior NCOs with port epée.

According to the salary class it is equivalent to the Oberfeldwebel of Heer or Luftwaffe. It is grouped as OR6 in NATO, equivalent to First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, or Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Armed forces, and to Warrant Officer Class 2 in the British Army and Royal Navy.

In navy context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr Oberbootsmann also informally / short Oberbootsmann.

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:
Unteroffiziere mit Portepee


The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"!

junior Rank

senior Rank
Oberfähnrich zur See

See also

Equivalent in other NATO countries


  1. Hartmut Bagger; Armed Forces Staff (Germany) I 3, ZDv 37/10. Anzugordnung für die Soldaten der Bundeswehr, eds. (16 07 2008), "4 Kennzeichnungen" (in German), : Juli 1996. Neudruck von Oktober 2008, pp. 539, http://www.dmb-lv-westfalen.de/z1.pdf
  2. Links: Rank insignia on shoulder straps für Marineuniformträger der 60-er Verwendungsreihen. Rechts: Ärmelabzeichen der Jacke des Dienstanzugs eines Marineuniformträgers der 70-er Verwendungsreihen. Soldaten in anderer Verwendung weisen andere Verwendungabzeichen auf.
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