Oberfähnrich zur See

This article is about the German Marine “Oberfähnrich zur See” OR7. For the equivalent US and UK naval ranks, see Midshipman.
Oberfähnrich zur See
shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German NCO rank
Introduction 1966
Rank group Non-commissioned officers
Navy Oberfähnrich zur See
Army / Air Force Oberfähnrich


Army/Air ForceOfficer cadet

Oberfähnrich zur See (OFähnr zS or OFRZS) designates in the German Navy of the Bundeswehr a military person or member of the armed forces with the last or highest Officer Aspirant (OA – de: Offizieranwärter) rank. According to the salary class it is equivalent to the Portepeeunteroffizier ranks Hauptbootsmann (Marine) and Hauptfeldwebel of Heer or Luftwaffe.

It is also grouped as OR-7 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 Oberfähnrich zur See also informally / short Oberfähnrich.

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


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

junior Rank

Oberfähnrich zur See
senior Rank
See also


The top-down sequence of German Marine midshipman ranks is as follows:

Already below the lowest officer designated rank "Seekadett" any military person, assigned to an officer career, has to wear additionally to the particular rank the two capital letters “OA”, indicating to the “Officer Aspirant” career. The "nautical star" symbolises the "OA" career.

Equivalent in other countries

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