Charges (military)
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Charges Military

Charge(s) (German: Charge(n); literal: rank(s)) used to be the generic term to the military ranks[1] above the rank group of enlisted personnel in German speaking armies. In the today's Austrian Bundesheer it is the designation to the rank group OR2[2] to OR4, which comprises the ranks Gefreiter, Korporal and Zugsführer.

In English speaking armed forces, however, charge characterizes a particular manoeuvre, where soldiers rush towards the enemy to engage in close combat.

Charges in the Austrian Bundesheer
Designation Ranks (de: Chargen)
Suit (de: Anzug) 75 / 03 Zgf Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Kpl Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg Gefr Anzug 75 03 AT.jpg
Jacket gorget (Rockkragen) Zgf Rockkragen AT.jpg Kpl Rockkragen AT.jpg Gefr Rockkragen AT.jpg
Corps colour (Waffenfarbe) Engineers Skirmishing patrol, Army sports NBC-Defence
Peaked cap (Tellerkappe) Zgf OR4-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Kpl OR3-Tellerkappe AT.jpg Gfr OR2-Tellerkappe AT.jpg
Rank Zugsführer (Zgf) Korporal (Kpl) Gefreiter (Gfr)
NATO equivalent Master Corporal Corporal Private
Flag of NATO.svg rank OR-4 OR-3 OR-2

The sequence of rank groups (top-down approach) in the Austrian Bundesheer is as follows:

  • Personen ohne Chargengrad OR-1 (= Persons without charge grade)
  • Chargen OR2-OR4 (= Charges)
  • Unteroffiziere OR5-OR6 (= NCOs)
  • Stabsunteroffiziere OR7-OR9 (= Staff NCOs)
  • Offiziere OF1-OF5 (= Officers)
  • Generale OF6-OF9 (= General officers)
See also


  1. ^ BROCKHAUS, The encyclopedia in 24 volumes (1796-2001), Volume 4: 3-7653-3664-5, page 411, definition: Charge
  2. ^ The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru?, "

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