The aide is the troop commander beige discontinued support officer. The word comes from the Latin adiuvare aide, help, support and means as much as an assistant. It initially referred to a military capacities, but also a grade.

The term was first used in France for the agents of the majors. From here, the word came into the German military language.

Service position in Germany

The aide had to support the commander in his management responsibilities, training and the military business. Often they shared the services of a led days and message books and had messages and commands to receive and deliver. In the German Empire aides were on duty on horseback because of their function, motorized later.

Higher aides were called at the higher command posts, so by the brigades up the adjutant. The scope of aides in Brigade, Division, Corps, Army or Army Group was the staff work so filling, awards, promotions, officer staffing. Thus, the task area corresponded approximately to the activity of G1 ( A1) - officer in bars in NATO and the Bundeswehr. The outer insignia of the aides in the German Army was worn over the right shoulder sash or adjutant adjutant lanyard.

Personal aides typically had only the princes of ruling houses. The adjutant reigning princes were aide called ( with the rank of staff officers ). Set before you were the ( first ) Adjutant General ( in Prussia since 1758), the standing in the rank of general adjutant of the monarch.

In the army aides are beige provides a general from the service position of a division commander regularly. With increasing degree of service to be supported commander this also increases the rank of its associated aides. A division commander will be supplied a Captain (Grade A11) as a rule. The President finally an aide will be supplied with the rank of Colonel (or Captain zS ).

Grade and position outside Germany

In Austria, the adjutant of the Federal President is a senior officer and companion of the Federal President, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

In the UK and the U.S., the Adjutant General ( Adjutant General ) is arranged downstream of the highest staff officer of an army, and only the Chief of Staff. He is responsible for organizational issues and the military training of officers and men. Also the commander of the National Guard are called Adjutant General in the individual U.S. states.

In the British navy was the adjutant of the signal officer.

In France, the rank of adjutant ( adjudant ) 1776 was introduced in the army; he referred to the senior non-commissioned officer of a battalion, and later the company. The adjudant are now set before the adjudant -chef and the ( adjudant ) major.

After the French model, the Adjutant ranks in many countries armed forces (Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland ) were taken, where they form their own group rank between the higher Portepeeunteroffizieren and the officers generally.

According to the NATO rank table ( NATO Rank Code ) are the Adjudants today but the Bundeswehr ranks equated Sergeant and Sergeant Major. In the Anglo -Saxon language and cultural space they have the same reducing the Warrant Officers.