(OR-7) is a Swedish military rank above Översergeant
and below Förvaltare
. The word 'Fanjunkare' is derived from German 'Fahnenjunker
', and denotes a standard-bearer, hence 'Colour Sergeant'.
For promotion to Fanjunkare
, a minimum of four years time-in-grade as Översergeant
is required, although six years is preferable.
has the same relative rank as a Löjtnant
Fanjunkare was established as a brevet rank
for non-commissioned officers
in 1806. In 1833 the rank became the senior non-commissioned rank in the Swedish allotment army. In 1837 the rank became the senior non-commissioned rank in the Swedish enlisted army. In 1925 Fanjunkare
was given relative rank above Fänrik
(Second Lieutenant) and below Löjtnant
(Lieutenant) but remained in the NCO Corps. In 1960 Fanjunkare
began to be appointed company commanders
in the war-time organization and the rank became a Warrant Officer
rank. Hence in 1972, professional Fanjunkare
were given the rank of Captain
, while Rustmästare
were given the rank of Fanjunkare
, corresponding to their duties as First Sergeants
. With the creation of a one-tier professional officer structure in 1983, promotion to Fanjunkare
only took place in the reserves or among National Servicemen. In 2009, the rank was reintroduced as a professional rank with the creation of the Special Officer Corps.
Before 1972 the equivalent of Fanjunkare
in the artillery
; a rank that goes back to the 17th century. The word comes from German Stückjunker
, and denotes a gentleman of ordnance, hence a "Master Gunner".