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|Service branch|| German Army|
German Air Force
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There are two paygrades associated to the rank of Oberstleutnant. Paygrade A14 is the standard level paygrade whereas A15 is assigned to senior Oberstleutnant personnel.
Oberstleutnant of the General Staff or Reserve have the words "im Generalstabsdienst" (i.G.), "der Reserve" (d.R.) after their rank—thus: "OTL i.G.", "OTL d.R."
Oberstleutnant who are definitely retired are described as "außer Dienst" (a.D.).
Contrary to (unofficial) practice in many English-speaking militaries, a German Oberstleutnant is never referred to as an Oberst, neither to shorten the address nor as a form of courtesy.
On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two silver pips (stars) in silver oak leaves.
(German officer rank)
- Ranks of the German Bundeswehr
- Rank insignia of the German Bundeswehr
- Comparative military ranks of World War I
- Comparative military ranks of World War II
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