Our rank structure in Fallschirmjäger Regiment 2 flawlessly resembles its real-life counterpart. Our time-in-grade requirements reflect the actual required time of service required to advance to the next rank in the Luftwaffe.
The ranks are separated into three distinct levels of membership: Mannschaften (Junior Enlisted), Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee (Non-Commissioned Officers), Unteroffiziere mit Portepee (Staff Non-Commissioned Officers), and Offiziere (Officers).
Throughout your time here, you will be promoted on the basis of time-in-grade, positional merit, and outstanding achievement & contribution to the FJR 2. Your progression begins when you apply and become a recruit. As a recruit, you will need to complete our Rekruten Schule (Basic Training), receive three endorsements from your fellow members, and conduct an introductory interview with one of our Unteroffiziere (Non-commissioned Officers). Once you have satisfied the entry requirements, we will award you with rank of Infanterie-Flieger (Infantry Airman).
Mannschaften (Junior Enlisted)
Infanterie Flieger is awarded to the newest applicants of the FJR 2. Although the rank was not historically utilized by the Fallschirmjäger, personnel from all branches of the Luftwaffe were used as replacements for the battered Fallschirmjäger units desperate for reinforcements in the late war period. Infanterie Flieger is awarded to recruits who complete Rekruten Schule, an introduction interview, and receive three endorsements.
Jäger is awarded to members who complete Fallschirmschule (Airborne Jump School). The rank Jäger was exclusively reserved for elite light infantry units in the Wehrmacht. Those who complete Fallschirmschule are qualified to participate in FJR 2 Airborne Operations. The course duration is four weeks, where members will learn advanced German light infantry tactics, reconnaissance, and Luftwaffe airborne operations.
Gefreiter - Members are promoted to Gefreiter after serving for six months. However, members can be meritoriously promoted (vom den and Feind) and forgo their six month requirement for outstanding achievements during official matches or contributions to the FJR 2. This is the first rank in which members may apply or be appointed to leadership roles. Those who are given leadership billets are promoted to Obergefreiter.
Obergefreite (pl.) is reserved for members in leadership positions or members with 24 months of service. Obergefreite seeking greater responsibility may enroll in Oberjägerschule (NCO School). Enrollees are additionally designated Unteroffizieranwärter (NCO Candidate). Members who successfully complete the nine month course, are promoted into the next category: Unteroffiziere.
Stabsgefreiter - compose the technical and administrative expertise in the unit. The rank is granted to members who volunteer for instructor duty/staff billets. These members assist in the daily administration and operation of the FJR 2. The unit is always looking for members who possess expertise or knowledgeability in coding, Photoshop, video editing, and/or website & forums management to apply for staff billets and be eligible for promotion.
Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee (Non-Commissioned Officers)
Oberjäger constitute the core cadre of leadership in the FJR 2 and is judiciously awarded to those who are technically and tactically adept at small unit leadership. As such, they are most commonly the stellv. Gruppenführer (Assistant Squad Leader) or a Gruppenführer (Squad Leader). Members are eligible for Oberjäger after nine months as an Unteroffizieranwärter, 48 months of service, or for meritorious contributions to the FJR 2.
Unterfeldwebel - As staff leaders, these members organize, coordinate, and lead the operational faculties of the FJR 2. As experts in their respective career designations fields, they also serve as technical advisors to the Zugführer and as mentors to junior members. The rank is awarded to Unteroffiziere after 48 months of Time-in-Grade and/or serve as staff leaders. Members who do not satisfy either criteria are eligible after 72 months of service.
Unteroffiziere mit Portepee (Staff Non-Commissioned Officers)
Feldwebel - As members who have exhibited unmatched proficiency in small unit tactics and command prowess, Feldwebel serve as principal advisors to the Zugführer (Platoon Commander) and may also serve as a Zugführer in an Offizier's absence. As the war inflicted irreplaceable losses to the Luftwaffe’s Offizier Korps, more Feldwebel served as a Zugführer.
Oberfeldwebel - A master tactician and expert combatant in his own right, he commonly serves as the principal advisor to the Kompanieführer (Company Commander). In case of extremis, he too may take the place of his Offizier-counterpart. In the FJR 2, Oberfeldwebel is awarded to an Unteroffizier either serving as a Stellv. Kompanieführer, as a Zugführer for 18 months, or for extraordinary contributions to the FJR 2.
Offiziere in Z-Stelle (Platoon Grade Officer)
Leutnant - In the FJR 2, the Leutnant serves as the Zugführer. Historically, Offizier Bewerber (Officer Candidates) seeking to commission in the Wehrmacht had to complete a four-year training pipeline. Inevitably, this was shortened drastically to six months to ameliorate the shortage of offiziere. A commission is awarded to an Unteroffizier either serving as a Stellv. Kompanieführer, as a Zugführer for 18 months., or for extraordinary contributions to the FJR 2. to take charge of his own Zug.