11 - Classification Badge for Pilots -

Klassifizierungsabzeichen für Flugzeugführer

Awarded from March 31, 1960 to October 2, 1990

The classification badge for pilots has been changed four times. Despite the new regulations concerning the appearance of the clasp, even older types were awarded in practice, although a new type has already been introduced. The data given here refers only to the official start of the foundation and its end, which are usually one day before the adoption of a new type. The first version, which was awarded from March 31, 1960 to May 30, 1962, shows a 91 mm wide bronze clasp in the form of a pair of wings, in the middle to see a silver oak leaves wreath. At its upper center, the emblem of the GDR air force can be seen and at its lower middle a white oval with the lent power level. The oak leaf wreath measures 34 mm × 25 mm (height). It shows inside a right-to-left MiG-15. The second version of this clasp, which was awarded only from June 1, 1962 to February 16, 1964, shows a 91 mm wide golden clasp with a modified modern pair of wings. In its center is a 21 × 21 mm square, which is designed in light blue. Its upper half shows a MiG-15 flying to the left, above which you can see the performance level. Underneath lies the sovereign insignia of the air forces. On February 17, 1964, the third variant was introduced. It remained almost unchanged. The emblem of the air force, however, wandered into the above central edge of the square. The aircraft shown was now a MiG-21 F13 with bottom pitot tube. Among them was in Roman numerals the awarded performance level. On February 8, 1974, the trailer for pilots were donated. These consisted of a right and left curved laurel branch in the middle of a square can be seen, which reflects the number of flying hours. The dimensions of the clasp were 42 mm × 9 mm (height). They were for fighter pilots and fighter-bomb aviators with light blue ground in the numbers: 500, 1000, 1500, etc. in five-hundred incriments  find 14,000 and with red reason to find for transport and helicopter pilots in the numbers 500 in five hundred steps to 5000. On December 1, 1985, the clasp was changed one last time. The now made of sheet steel gilt clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Inside the laurel wreath, a Class MiG-23 flying to the left on a light blue background can be seen.

NVA Classification (or Qualification) Badges - Continued from Page 1

Classification badges/Klassifizierungsabzeichen ranked high as one of the NVA's 5 Good Soldier awards, which East German soldiers of all ranks were encouraged to earn and wear with honor.

12 - Classification clip for Pilots -

Klassifizierungsspange für Steuerleute

Awarded from March 31, 1960 to February 28, 1963

The classification clasp for helmsmen shows within a pair of wings in a 34 mm wide and 25 mm high oak leaf wreath a bronze left-flying MiG-15 on a light blue ground. The upper part of the oak leaves wreath is completed as in all clasps of the emblem. In this case, the sovereign insignia of the GDR air force.

13 - Classification clasp for members of the parachute service -

Klassifizierungsspange für Angehörige des Fallschirmdienstes

Awarded from March 31, 1960 to February 28, 1963

The clasp is double-winged and shows on light blue ground an opened bronze parachute, which floats to the earth. Its lower part is covered by the oval of the performance level. The oak leaves wreath, which encloses the symbolism, is completed at its upper center by the sovereign insignia of the air forces.

14 - Classification Clasp for Air Force Fitters -

Klassifizierungsspange für Funkorter der Luftstreitkräfte

Awarded from March 31, 1960 to February 28, 1963

The clasp in the form of a pair of wings shows within the closed oak canopy on the right side a parabolic mirror on a blue background and two outward arrows. Between these two arrows, a MiG-15 is shown, which gives itself a lightning bolt towards the bowl. There are versions of this clasp are known, which show a grainy silver-colored instead of the light blue ground.

15 - Classification clip for officers of the People's Navy -

Klassifizierungsspange für Offiziere der Volksmarine

Awarded from June 1, 1962 to November 30, 1985

The clasp with a length of 91 mm and a height of 15 mm is gilded and shows in its center a square with the dimensions 21 × 21 mm. In this square lies on a ultramarine blue ground a right-to-left ship of the People's Navy. There are also known versions with black background. Under the ship the coat of arms of the GDR can be seen. About the ship, the corresponding awarded performance level. On 1 January 1966, their previous name was changed in classification badge for officers of the People's Navy with technical-technical qualification and changed again on 24 March 1977. You from this time classification badge for officers of the People's Navy in boarding, profile naval officer.

16 - Uniform Classification Clasp - General Classification Badge

Einheitliche Klassifizierungsspange

Awarded from June 1, 1962 to October 2, 1990

The uniform classification clasp, later called the General Classification Badge, was awarded to all members of the NVA for whom there was no more specific classification badge. The clasp of the first form, which was introduced on June 1, 1962, shows a 93 mm wide golden clasp with indicated wing arms, on each side six Eichenlaubblätterund and three acorns are directed outward. The upper third row of Eichenlaubblätter lies on the lower two and covers them partially. The two wing arms unite in the middle in a red square with the dimensions 21 × 21 mm in which the state emblem of the GDR can be seen. Between the ends of the laurel branches that emanate from the state coat of arms, the awarded performance level can be seen.

 

The second version of this clasp, which was awarded from December 1, 1985, consists of gilded steel sheet is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath at the lower middle of which a white oval with the lent step is visible. Within the laurel wreath, the state coat of arms of the GDR can be seen on this bright red background.

17 - Classification clasp for engineering personnel of the air force - Klassifizierungsspange für ingenieurtechnisches Personal der Luftstreitkräfte

Awarded from January 4, 1968 to November 30, 1985

The clasp in the form of a stylized golden swingarm with a length of 91 mm shows in its center a 21 mm light blue square, on which a four-bladed propeller can be seen, of which two screws are connected to a sprocket segment. Among them is the Roman numeral of the lent step and in the upper middle the emblem of the air force of the GDR.

18 - Classification clasp for motorized marksmen -

Klassifizierungsspange für motorisierte Schützen

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, this classification clasp on a golden background shows a right-to-left armored infantry vehicle (BMP-1).

19 - Classification clasp for rocket troops, Flak rocket troops and troop air defense - Klassifizierungsspange für Raketentruppen, Fla-Raketentruppen und Truppenluftabwehr

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath 2 missiles can be seen at this classification clasp on a white background.

20 - Classification clasp for news, Funkmeß-, Waffenleit and leadership technique as well as technology of the radio electronic fight -

Klassifizierungsspange für Nachrichten-, Funkmeß-, Waffenleit und Führungstechnik sowie Technik des Funkelektronischen Kampfes

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, showing at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower middle a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, this classifying clasp shows three top-to-bottom flashes on a yellow background, with the two left-hand ones being broken by a wave, followed by an upward-pointing arrow.

21 - Classification Clasp for Artillery and Explosive Weapons -

Klassifizierungsspange für Artillerie und Sprengwaffen

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Inside the laurel wreath, this classification clasp shows, on a brick-red background, an upright winged grenade with two diagonally crossed historical cannon tubes in the background.

22 - Classification Clasp for Backward Services -

Klassifizierungsspange für Rückwärtige Dienste

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, a caduceus can be seen on this green green background, flanked to the left by the letter R and to the right by the letter D (backward service).

23 - Classification Clasp for Rocket and Weapons Service -

Klassifizierungsspange für Raketen- und Waffentechnischen Dienst

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, showing at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower middle a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, this classification clasp on brick-red ground shows a horizontal rocket pointing to the west and behind which are two diagonally crossed modern gun barrels.

24 - Classification Clasp for Pioneering and Chemical Services - Klassifizierungsspange für Pionierwesen und Chemische Dienste

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, this classifying clasp on a black ground shows an obliquely oblique anchor on which the symbol of radiation protection can be seen inside a gearwheel.

25 - Classification Clasp for Motor Service -

Klassifizierungsspange für KfZ-Dienst

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, this classifying clasp on black ground shows a Ural truck moving from right to left.

26 - Classification clasp for aviation engineer service (FID) -

Klassifizierungsspange für Fliegeringenieurdienst (FID)

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Inside the laurel wreath, a four-bladed propeller can be seen on this light blue-ground classification clip, of which two screws are connected to a gear segment.

27 - Classification clasp for seafaring personnel -

Klassifizierungsspange für seemännisches Personal

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Inside the laurel wreath, this classifying clasp on dark blue ground shows a warship going from the right to the left.

28 - Classification Clasp for Ship Machine Personnel -

Klassifizierungsspange für Schiffsmaschinenpersona

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, a three-bladed ship propeller, whose blades are all connected by a gear segment, can be seen on this dark blue background at this classification clip. In doing so, two small outward-directed flashes emanate from the upper two ends.

29 - Classification clasp of the border troops of the GDR -

Klassifizierungsspange der Grenztruppen der DDR

Awarded from 1 December 1985 to 2 October 1990

The sheet steel gilded clasp is 86 mm and 25 mm high. It shows in its center a gilded laurel wreath, which shows at its upper center the colored emblem of the NVA and in its lower center a white oval with the lent step. Within the laurel wreath, a classification post on a light green background shows a boundary post, in front of which is a submachine gun pointing to the left.

Method of Wearing:

 

The carrying method of the classifying clasp corresponded to the service career badge of the NVA. This meant that the classification braces of the NVA were worn five millimeters above the middle of the right chest pocket to all uniforms. For uniform jackets without breast pocket at the same height. On acquisition of a higher level, the lower was to be deposited, but remained in the possession of the Beliehenen. If the owner owned several classification badges, he was only allowed to wear one of them.