Ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS

This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS, which were in use from April 1942 to May 1945, in comparison to the Wehrmacht.[1] The highest ranks of the combined SS (German: Gesamt-SS) was that of Reichsführer-SS and Oberster Führer der SS; however, there was no Waffen-SS equivalent to these positions.[2]


Insignia Title
Army equivalent[3] Approximate equivalents during World War II
Collar[4][5] Shoulder[4][5] Sleeve
US[4][6] UK[7]
General ranks
      SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
(SS-Supreme group leader and colonel general of the Waffen-SS)
Generaloberst General General
      SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
(SS-Senior group leader and general of the Waffen-SS)
General der Waffengattung Lieutenant General Lieutenant General
      SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
(SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalleutnant Major General Major General
      SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
(SS-Brigadier leader and major general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalmajor Brigadier General Brigadier
Officer ranks
(SS-Senior leader)
No army equivalent; equivalent to Kommodore in the Kriegsmarine. Senior colonel Colonel
(SS-Standard leader)
Oberst Colonel Colonel
(SS-Senior assault unit leader)
Oberstleutnant Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel
(SS-Assault unit leader)
Major Major Major
(SS-Head assault leader)
Hauptmann/Rittmeister Captain Captain
(SS-Senior assault leader)
Oberleutnant First lieutenant Lieutenant
(SS-Second/Junior assault leader)
Leutnant Second lieutenant
Non-Commissioned Officer ranks
(SS-Assault section leader)
Stabsfeldwebel Sergeant major Regimental sergeant major
Depending on rank
(SS-Staff section leader)[a]
senior NCO e.g., Oberfeldwebel or Feldwebel, seldom Unterfeldwebel.
(Company) Sergeant Major
(SS-Head section leader)
Oberfeldwebel Master Sergeant Sergeant Major
  SS-Standartenoberjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
(SS-Senior section leader)
Feldwebel Technical sergeant Staff sergeant
  SS-Standartenjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
(SS-Section leader)
Unterfeldwebel Staff sergeant Sergeant
  SS-Oberjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Unterfeldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
(SS-Junior squad leader)
Unteroffizier Sergeant Corporal
  SS-Junker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier OA
(Officer Aspirant)
Enlisted men
No equivalent[b] Stabsgefreiter Administrative corporal Lance corporal
(SS-Squad leader)
Obergefreiter Corporal Lance corporal
(SS-Assault man/Storm trooper)
Gefreiter Acting Corporal Senior Private
(SS-Senior rifleman)
Oberschütze Private 1st class Senior private
No insignia SS-Schütze
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier Private Private

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ senior NCO, e.g. Hauptscharführer or Oberscharführer, seldom Scharführer.[8]
  2. ^ However, administratively Rottenführer (2. Gehaltsstufe) existed.[9]


  1. ^ Mollo 1992, pp. 88–89.
  2. ^ Mollo 1977, p. 190.
  3. ^ Bender & Taylor 1986, p. 112.
  4. ^ a b c War Department 1945.
  5. ^ a b c Bender & Taylor 1986, pp. 121–127.
  6. ^ Zabecki 2014, pp. 1639–1940.
  7. ^ CIA 1999, p. 30.
  8. ^ Bender & Taylor 1986, p. 110.
  9. ^ Mollo 1992, p. 78.
  10. ^ Mollo 1992, p. 77.
  • Bender, Roger James; Taylor, Hugh Page (1986). Uniforms Organization and History of the Waffen-SS Vol 1 (6th ed.). San Jose, CA: R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0-912138-02-5.
  • CIA (24 August 1999). "Records Integration Title Book" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 23, 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  • Mollo, Andrew (1977). A pictorial history of the S.S., 1923-1945. New York: Stein and Day. ISBN 0-8128-2174-0. Retrieved 22 July 2022. {{cite book}}: Check |isbn= value: checksum (help)
  • Mollo, Andrew (1992). Uniforms of the SS, Collected Edition Vol. 6. Windrow & Greene. ISBN 1-872004-67-9.
  • War Department (15 March 1945). "Chapter IX: Uniforms, Insignia, and Individual Equipment". War Department Technical Manual TM-E 30-451. Plate XX–XXI.
  • Zabecki, David T., ed. (2014). Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1598849806.

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