Ski Company, 250 "Division Azul"

A World War II Living History organization depicting the Spanish Volunteer Division that fought on the Eastern Front.

Rank Structure & Promotion Criteria

     As a composite unit formed after the division’s arrival on the Leningrad front, the members of 250 Ski-jager Kompanie were drawn from all battalions within the division. As a result, there was a multitude of piping colors, representing different specialties, among the soldiers of the company. To simplify rank, all members, regardless of specialty, were referred to as Jager (or Cazador, in Spanish).

     Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the unit shall rotate command within the unit. When not in command, they shall fall-in as private soldiers.

     Ranks are given in the following format: Spanish  German   US equivalent

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Enlisted Ranks (Soldados)

Cazador . . .  Jager . . .  Private

Shoulder Strap

--All new members without prior military

 

Cazador Primer . . . Oberjager . . . Private Second Class

Shoulder Strap         Sleeve Insignia

             

--Awarded an Assault Badge & participated in 5 events; or prior military service

--Acquired full uniform (tunic, shirt, trousers, boots, & overseas cap)

 

Cabo . . .  Gefreiter . . .  Private First Class

Shoulder Strap         Sleeve Insignia

          

--Awarded Eastern Front ribbon & participated in 10 events; or prior military service as an NCO or higher

--Acquired full uniform and basic field gear (Y-straps, ammo pouches, helmet, canteen, bread bag, & rifle)

 

Cabo Primer . . . Obergefreiter . . .  Specialist

Shoulder Strap         Sleeve Insignia

            

--Participation in 15 events

--Acquired full uniform and basic field gear

 

NOTE:  All enlisted promotions must be recommended by at least one unit NCO or higher and be approved by the majority of the unit’s NCOs and officers.  Any member may choose to accept or reject a promotion that is offered. Junior enlisted ranks are considered to be permanent and the appropriate insignia is always worn.

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Junior NCOs (Suboficiales Menor)

Sargento/Cabo Primero* . . . . Unteroffizier . . . . . . . .Sergeant

    Shoulder Strap

*The Spanish Army had no equivalent to this German rank. The soldiers who held this rank in the Division retained the Spanish rank Cabo Primero  but filled the billet of a Sargento

Sargento . . . . . . . . . . . Unterfeldwebel . . . . . . . Staff Sergeant

    Shoulder Strap

NOTE:  All junior Non-commissioned Officers are promoted based on their individual merit, ability, leadership, & experience. They must have knowledge of tactics, history of the division, and basic Spanish commands for maneuver and close-order drill.  Non-commissioned Officers must also demonstrate an upstanding character, proper military bearing, and act as an example to all members of the unit. They must be recommended for promotion by at least one other NCO, and their promotion must be approved by all of the unit’s NCOs and officers.

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*Senior NCOs (Suboficiales Mayor)*

Sargento Primer . . . . . . .Feldwebel . . . . . Sergeant First Class

   Shoulder Strap

Brigada . . . . . . . . . . . . Oberfeldwebel . . . . . . .Master Sergeant

   Shoulder Strap

 

Brigada Primer* . . . . . Hauptfeldwebel . . . . . . . .  First Sergeant

    Shoulder Strap         Cuff Insignia

       

*This rank is held by the senior NCO within a company who is responsible for all administrative requirements of a company.  It is not used by 250 Ski Company at this time.

 

Subteniente . . . . . . . . . Stabsfeldwebel . . . . . . . Sergeant Major

    Shoulder Strap

 

 

NOTE:  Senior NCO ranks are shown for reference only. Currently, they are not used by the 250 Ski Company.

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Company-grade Officers (Oficiales de compañia)

Alferez . . . . Leutnant . . . . 2nd Lieutenant

    Shoulder Strap

 

Teniente . . . Oberleutnant . . . 1st Lieutenant

    Shoulder Strap

 

Capitan . . . Hauptmann . . . Captain

   Shoulder Strap

NOTE:  Promoted based on their individual merit, ability, leadership, & experience. They must have advanced knowledge of tactics, history of the division, and Spanish commands for maneuver and close-order drill.  Officers must also demonstrate an upstanding character, proper military bearing, and act as an example to all members of the unit. They must be recommended for promotion by at least one other NCO, and their promotion must be approved by all of the unit’s NCOs and officers.

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Field-grade Officers (Oficiales superiores)

Commandante . . . Major . . . Major

   Shoulder Strap

Teniente Coronel . . . Oberstleutnant . . . Lieutenant Colonel

   Shoulder Strap

Coronel . . . Oberst . . . Colonel

  Shoulder Strap

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General Officers (Oficiales generales)

General de Brigada . . . Generalmajor . . . Brigadier General

   Shoulder Strap

General de Division . . . Generalleutnant . . . Major General

   Shoulder Strap

Teniente General* . . .  General . . . Lieutenant General

   Shoulder Strap

General del Ejercito* . . . Generaloberst . . . General

   Shoulder Strap

Capitan-General**. . .  Feldmarschall . . .  General of the Army

     Shoulder Strap

NOTE:  Field-grade and General officers are shown for reference only.  No such ranks exist within 250 Ski Company.

* No Spaniard held a rank higher than Generaleutnant while serving in the German Army

**This rank is held exclusively by the King of Spain.