commander - Kommandeur

In the German armed forces, the commander ( Kdr for short ) is a military leader. In this position he commands a military unit from the battalion to the division or a large unit or task force equivalent to the division .

The commander is supported by a staff with various subject areas / staff areas, which supports him in the various areas of troop command and administration [A 1] .

armed forces

In the Bundeswehr, the commander represents the management level between the chief and the commander . At the battalion and regiment management levels, he is the head of the department .

"A commander leads:

  • an Army, Air Force, or Navy support command;
  • a large unit or association of the army, air force or navy or
  • a school in which the training is organized militarily.

Otherwise the designation of the commander is determined on a case-by-case basis.

- Bundeswehr [1]


Commander was an additional title for the leaders of independent units: Commander was appointed (but not promoted; Rank and salary group remained unchanged), who had led an independent unit for a certain time. Independent units were all regiments, but not their battalions or departments (in the case of artillery). But there were many special units in which there were no regiments at all, e.g. B. in the artillery the observation departments; such units were independent. The chief of a regiment was normally a colonel, but that could also be a lieutenant colonel and, towards the end of the war, a major; a division chief was usually a major and, towards the end of the war, a captain. All of the foregoing could have been 'appointed commander'.

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Notes and individual references

  1. The head of the troop administration used to be part of the staff. Today this function is carried out by the Bundeswehr service centers. There is usually an administration department in the staffs of command authorities and schools .
  1. Central service regulation 1/50 Basic terms for military organization, subordination, official instructions