|Rank insignia||German officer rank|
|Rank group||Commissioned officers|
|Army / Air Force||Major|
The official manner, in line to ZDv 10/8, of formal addressing of military people with the rank Korvettenkapitän (OF-3) is “Herr/Frau Korvettenkapitän“. However, as to German naval traditions the “Korvettenkapitän“ will be addressed „Herr/Frau Kapitän“, often in line to seamen´s language „Herr/Frau Kap'tän“.
Rank insignia and rating
Rank insignia Korvettenkapitän, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, are one five-pointed star above three stripes (or rings on sleeves; without the star when rank loops are worn).
The rank is rated OF-3a in NATO, and equivalent to Major in Heer, and Luftwaffe. It is grade A13 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence and is senior to the regular OF-2 rank of Kapitänleutnant (en: Lt), as well as to OF-2a Stabskapitänleutnant.
Korvettenkapitän was in the Volksmarine of the GDR the lowest grade of the senior officer´s rank group, comparable to NATO-rank code OF-3 as well. It was comparable to Major of the NPA Land Force and Air Force.
The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver-braids with one gold pip (star) on padding in navy blue weapon color.
Cuff insignia consisted of three stripes, and a five-point naval star above. In contradiction to Imperial German Navy tradition, where sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs, the Volksmarine cuff strips formed 40% rings.
⇒ see main article Ranks of the Volksmarine
Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine
In the Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine the "Korvettenkapitän" was the lowest officer rank of the senior officer´s rank group. The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver-braids (without pip/ star) on padding in navy blue weapon color.
Cuff insignia consisted of three stripes, and a five-point naval star above. The sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs.
⇒ see main article Ranks of the Kriegsmarine