Dress instructions | Annex A Rank insignia and appointment badges

Description Worn With Where Worn
1. Flag and general officer rank insignia a. Navy: No. 2 jacket; and tailcoat  

(1) Embellished gold sleeve lace.

b. Navy: No. 2A jacket

(1) Embroidered rank insignia sewn on shoulder boards covered with gold flag-officer’s braid on navy blue doeskin cloth.

c. Army: No. 2 jacket

(1) Embroidered on mid-night blue shoulder straps.

(2) 12.7mm gold lace border on shoulder straps.

d. Army: No. 2A jacket

(1) Embroidered on mid-night blue removable epaulette.

(2) 12.7mm gold lace border on epaulette.

e. Air force: No. 2 jacket

(1) As for No. 3 jacket.

f. Air Force: No. 2A jacket

(1) Embroidered on removable shoulder boards of midnight blue or light blue shell cloth.

g. No. 3 jacket

(1) Broad width (and as applicable) narrowbraid, sewn on each sleeve with the bottom edge of the braid 5 cm above the bottom of the sleeve.

(2) Embroidered or pinned insignia worn on shoulder straps.

(3) Gorget patches for Army general officers sewn on jacket lapels.

h. Shirts, sweater and outer garments

(1) Loom-embroidered on environmental slip-ons, worn on shoulder straps, with insignia positioned as for senior and junior officers.

(2) Short gorget patches will be clipped onto the shirt collar while in No. 3B or 3C order of dress.

1. Flag and general officer rank insignia i. Navy: Nos. 1C and D jacket; shirt, short- sleeve, white

(1) Embroidered rank insignia sewn on shoulder boards covered with gold flag officer’s braid on black polyester cloth, underside to be white.

2. Senior and junior officer and officer cadet rank insignia a. Navy: No. 2 jacket; and tailcoat (Capt(N) only)

(1) Embellished gold sleeve lace.

b. Navy: No. 2A jacket

(1) Embellished gold sleeve lace, worn on removable shoulder boards of navy blue doeskin cloth.

c. Army: No. 2 jacket

(1) Embroidered rank insignia on shoulder straps.

(2) Senior officers may wear 0.4mm gold soutache border on shoulder straps.

d. Army: No 2A jacket (1) Pinned rank insignia on shoulder straps.
e. Air Force: No. 2 jacket

(1) As for service dress jacket.

f. Air Force: No. 2A jacket

(1) Rank insignia, sewn on removable, environmentally- coloured, shoulder boards (see Chapter 5, Annex B, sub- paragraph 1.c.).

g. No. 3 jacket

(1) Naval and Air Force rank insignia, sewn on each sleeve, with the bottom edge of the lowest braid commencing 5 cm above the bottom of the sleeve.

(2) Army metal rank insignia pinned on jacket epaulettes.

(3) Gorget patches for Army colonels sewn on jacket lapels.

h. Shirts, sweater, operational clothing and outer garments

(1) Rank insignia sewn on environmental or operational clothing slip-ons and patches, commencing 0.6 cm above the loom embroidered CANADA title or approved cloth branch/corps/regimental/unit title.

(2) Army colonels: Short gorget patches will be clipped onto the shirt collar while in No. 3B or 3C order of dress

i. Navy: Nos. 1C and D jacket (optional); and shirt, short- sleeve, white

(1) Rank insignia sewn onto removable black shoulder boards (underside white).

3. Rank and appointment insignia for CPO1, CPO2 and PO1, as well as all Army and Air Force warrant officer a. No. 1B tunics & doublets, full dress, Army and Air Force Nos. 1C and D

(1) Worn on right sleeve only.

(2) Army, specific foot guard traditional ranks: worn centred on the upper right arm.

b.  Navy and Air Force: No 2 jacket

 (1) As for No. 3 jacket.

c. Army: No 2 jacket

(1) Sewn centred on both sleeves with the base of the badge 1.2 cm above the point of the cuff, or 1.2 cm above the senior appointment badge for CWO/CPO 1 in senior appointments.

d. No. 3 jacket

(1) Sewn centred on both sleeves with the base of each badge 12.5 cm above the bottom of the sleeve.

e. Shirts; sweater; operational clothing; and outer garments

(1) As for Petty Officer Second class or sergeant and below.

f. Navy: Nos. 1C and D jacket (optional)

(1) As for No. 3 jacket.

4. Rank insignia for petty officer second class or sergeant and below a. No 1B tunics and doublets, Army and Air Force Nos. 1C and D

(1) Navy 1C and D worn on both sleeves.

(2) Army and Air Force worn on right sleeve only.

b. No.2 and No. 3 jacket

(1) Sewn centred on both sleeves, with the top of the “V” of the uppermost chevron 18 cm below the shoulder seam for male personnel, and 15 cm for female personnel.

(2) Aviator/Aviatrice propeller is sewn on both sleeves with the top of the propeller 18 cm below the shoulder seam for male personnel, and 15 cm for female personnel.

c.  Shirts, sweater and outer garments

(1) Navy and Air Force: loom embroidered rank on environmental slip-ons, worn on shoulder straps.

(2) Army

  1. Miniature metal rank badges centred on both collar points, with the base of each badge 1.2 cm above the points of the collar.
  2. On Army service dress parka’s, one metal rank badge will be worn centred vertically on the right flap, 2 cm from the right hand edge of the velcro overlap which protects the zipper.
  3. Rifle green slip-ons with CANADA or other approved title (see Appendix 1, Annex E) shall be worn on the shoulder straps.
d. Operational clothing

(1) Rank insignia sewn on operational clothing slip-ons and patches, commencing 0.6 cm above the loom embroidered CANADA title or approved cloth branch/corps/regimental/unit title.

5. Drum/pipe/ trumpet/bugle major appointment badge (see Figure 3-2-4) a. No. 1B tunics, doublets and Army and Air Force Nos. 1C and D

(1) Standard rank insignia are worn on the right sleeve only and positioned as for No. 3 jacket.

(2) Cloth appointment badge centred only on the right sleeve; with the inside point of the bottom chevron 13 cm above the bottom edge of the sleeve. Where required, the badge shall be raised sufficiently so as not to obscure any sleeve cuff embellishment.

(3) Foot Guards: on the No. 1B tunic, only the inverted chevrons shall be worn, without drum or rank insignia. On foot guard full dress greatcoats, insignia shall be worn as for Nos. 1C and D undress (patrol) and No. 2 jackets, (see d.(2) below).

b. No. 3 jacket

(1) Sewn centred on both sleeves with the inside point of the bottom chevron 9 cm above the bottom edge of the sleeve. Standard badges of rank shall be worn in their normal locations (see also Chapter 5, Section 2, paragraph 13.), except for chief petty officer, petty officer first class and warrant ranks, which shall be sewn centred 1.2 cm above the apex on the uppermost chevron.

c.  Navy: Nos. 1C and D jacket (optional)

(1) As for No. 3 jacket.

d. Other dress items

(1) Appointment badge not worn. Rank insignia only.

(2) Foot Guards: on Nos. 1C and D jacket undress (patrol) and No. 2 jackets, appointment badge shall be worn with rank insignia for warrant ranks, and without for sergeants and below. (Drum worn uppermost).

6.  Foot Guards, colour sergeant traditional rank badges a. No. 1B tunic; Nos. 1C and D jacket undress (patrol); and No. 2 jacket

(1) Worn centred on the upper right arm without rank insignia.

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