DAOD 5040-2, Canadian Armed Forces Identity System
Date of Issue: 2015-06-25
Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).
Approval Authority: Chief of Military Personnel (CMP)
Enquiries: Director History and Heritage (DHH)
2.1 The CAF are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and are organized, equipped and trained for tasks that the Government of Canada (GC) may assign, including participation in armed conflict. To identify a person or thing as belonging to the CAF, the CAF identity system embodies visible and audible attributes as set out in paragraph 2.3.
2.2 The CAF identity system is designed to reinforce the chain of command and foster group identity, cohesion and operational effectiveness.
Attributes of the CAF Identity System
2.3 The CAF identity system includes the following attributes:
- uniforms, insignias, badges, accoutrements and flags;
- marches, calls and other music;
- appointments and organizational titles;
- military forms of address;
- battle honours;
- unit lineages and order of precedence;
- standardized drill and ceremonial;
- alliances, affiliations and partnerships;
- days of commemoration; and
- the naming of works, buildings and geographical features.
2.4 Details concerning the CAF identity system are set out in the manuals listed in section 5, Other References. Regulations and orders as to dress are set out in QR&O Chapter 17, Dress and Appearance.
Federal Identity Program (FIP)
2.5 Federal departments and their programs, services, assets and activities are identified in accordance with the corporate identity standards of the FIP of the GC. The FIP governs the use of the official symbols of the GC, including the flag symbol, the Arms of Canada and the “Canada” wordmark. The DND is subject to the FIP in its entirety. The CAF is exempt from the FIP but the CAF integrates the “Canada” wordmark on specific communications materials and assets if operationally practical.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
3.1 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for both the DND and the CAF as institutions, and for DND employees and CAF members as individuals. Suspected non-compliance may be investigated. The nature and severity of the consequences resulting from actual non-compliance will be commensurate with the circumstances of the non-compliance.
Note – In respect of the compliance of DND employees, see the Treasury Board Framework for the Management of Compliance for additional information.
Table of Responsibilities
4.1 The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:
|The …||is or are responsible for …|
|Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)||
|Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)||
|commanders of commands||
|Inspector of CAF Colours and Badges||
Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD
- QR&O Chapter 17, Dress and Appearance
- Framework for the Management of Compliance, Treasury Board
- Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board
- Federal Identity Program Policy, Treasury Board
- 1998 Treasury Board decisions on the Federal Identity Program, Treasury Board
- DAOD 5040-0, Military History and Heritage
- Canada First Defence Strategy
- A-AD-200-000/AG-000, The Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces
- A-DH-265-000/AG-001, Canadian Forces Dress Instructions
- A-DH-267-001/AF-001, The Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces, Volume 1, CF Formations, Branches, Schools, Establishments and Other Units
- A-DH-267-000/AF-002, The Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces, Volume 2, Ships
- A-DH-267-000/AF-003, The Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces, Volume 3, Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments
- A-DH-267-000/AF-004, The Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces, Volume 4, Operational Flying Squadrons
- A-JS-007-002/JD-000, Traditions and Customs of the Canadian Armed Forces
- A-PD-201-000/PT-000, Canadian Forces Manual of Drill and Ceremonial
- A-PD-202-001/FP-000, Canadian Forces Military Bands and Marches, Volume 1, Band Instructions
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