Because JG 1 is a German online cyber-squadron, this Unit has adopted the standard Rank system of the World War Two Luftwaffe, as it was used prior to February 1944. This provides the Geschwader with a system of grading seniority and command.
All of JG 1’s ranks can be divided into three basic categories:
Within the Offiziere rank group, there are three specific classes: Stabsoffiziere (Field Officers), Hauptleute und Rittmeister (Captains) and Leutnante (Lieutenants).
Comparable to an RAF Group Captain, or a USAAF Colonel. This is the rank of JG 1's Geschwaderkommodore.
Comparable to an RAF Wing Commander, or a USAAF Lieutenant-Colonel. This is the rank of JG 1's Geschwaderadjutant.
Comparable to an RAF Squadron Leader, or a USAAF Major. This is the rank of a member of JG 1's Geschwaderstab, or a Gruppenkommandeur.
Comparable to an RAF Flight Lieutenant, or a USAAF Captain. This is the rank of a Gruppenadjutant.
Comparable to an RAF Flying Officer, or a USAAF 1st Lieutenant. This is the rank of a member of a Gruppenstab, or a Staffelkapitän.
Comparable to an RAF Pilot Officer, or a USAAF 2nd Lieutenant. This is the rank of a Staffeladjutant.
Unteroffiziere (Non-commissioned Officers)
The second rank grouping are the Unteroffiziere (Noncommissioned Officers). German Noncommissioned Officer ranks are traditionally divided into two classes: Unteroffiziere mit Portepee (literally "Junior Officer with Swordknot") or Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee ("Junior Officer without Swordknot").
Comparable to an RAF Warrant Officer, or a USAAF Flight Officer. A Stabsfeldwebel often acts as a Schwarmführer, and may be appointed as Hauptfeldwebel (an administrative Senior NCO).
Comparable to an RAF Flight Sergeant, or a USAAF Master Sergeant.
Comparable to an RAF Sergeant, or a USAAF Technical Sergeant.
Comparable to a junior non-commissioned officer, with no clear equivalent within the RAF or the USAAF.
Comparable to an RAF Corporal, or a USAAF Staff Sergeant.
The final rank group within JG 1 are the Mannschaften (Enlisted men or "Privates"). Roughly following the same basic structure as the U.S. Army Air Force within their flying ranks.
Comparable to a USAAF Sergeant. There is no clear equivalent within the RAF.
Comparable to an RAF Leading Aircraftman, or a USAAF Corporal.
Comparable to an RAF Aircraftman First Class, or a USAAF Private First Class. This is the rank of a Klasse B Kadett.
Comparable to an RAF Aircraftman Second Class, or a USAAF Private. This is the rank of a Klasse A Kadett.