Dress instructions | Section 5 National badges

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  1. CANADA Badge. Approved CANADA badges, embroidered on appropriate base cloth or slip-ons, shall be worn as detailed in Annex E.
  2. Miniature Canadian Flag
    1. The full-coloured miniature Canadian Flag measuring 5 cm x 2.5 cm shall be worn centred on the upper left sleeve of service dress jackets; short- sleeved shirts; field combat clothing coats, shirts and sweaters; and flyi ng clothing as detailed in Annex E by personnel serving outside Canada when considered appropriate by the senior commander concerned, and by those assigned to:
      1. peacekeeping;
      2. observation; or
      3. humanitarian operations outside Canada.
    2. In garrison or on base undertaking day to day activities or not deployed to conduct field training or operations the hook and loop red and white Canadian Flag shall be used.
    3. All personnel conducting field training or specific operations where camouflage and concealment is required shall use the hook and loop subdued monochrome green Canadian Flag.
    4. When making flag selection for a particular day, camouflage and concealment for operations or field training shall take precedence. No requirement will exist for the change of flag display during movement between garrison and the field.
    5. Individuals and units posted overseas or on overseas operational deployments shall use the red and white Canadian Flag unless in the opinion of the commander of the theatre of operations the subdued flag is more appropriate given the local conditions.


  1. General
    1. Command, force and formation badges indicate common command and shared identity among all members of an organization.
    2. Subject to the detail of succeeding paragraphs, an all or none policy applies to the wearing of these badges by members of a particular organization. Command, force and formation badges are not worn by persons holding Royal or honorary appointments, (see Chapter 2, Section 1, paragraphs 51 and 52).
    3. Only one pocket badge (command, combined headquarters) shall be worn to indicate the organization in which an individual is serving, with the SHAPE badge taking precedence over command badges.
  2. Command Badges. Subject to the approval of each commander, metal and enamel command badges of approved design shall be worn on the service dress jacket as indicated in Figure 3-5-1.
  3. Combined Headquarters Badge. Badges for combined headquarters (e.g., SHAPE, NORAD, SNFL) shall be worn by personnel while assigned to these headquarters in the same manner as for command badges (Figure 3-5-1) or in such other manner as may be prescribed by headquarters regulations if compatible with these instructions.
  4. United Nations and Multinational Force Sleeve Badges. United Nations and multinational force badges shall be worn by personnel serving with the UN or a multinational force in a designated theatre, centred on the upper right sleeve of service dress short-sleeved shirts and jackets, field combat clothing and flying clothing as detailed in Figure 3-5-1 and Annex E, replacing formation patches, where applicable.
    1. Authorized formation patches shall be worn on Army service dress by all personnel on the posted strength of a formation. For historical reasons Canadian Army formations are authorized formation patches.
    2. Formation patches will be worn on the upper sleeves of the service dress jacket with the senior formation patch worn on the left sleeve, as detailed in Figure 3-5-1 and Annex E. The location of the patch may be adjusted if branch/regimental shoulder titles or other authorized badges are worn above. The amount of adjustment, if required, shall be determined by the formation commander.
    3. Independent brigade groups allocated on an interim basis to a higher field formation shall wear the higher formation’s patch on the right sleeve and their own patch on the left.


  1. Purpose and Control. Unit identifiers mark group membership and foster cohesion and pride.
  2. Army Service Dress and CAF Operational Clothing Unit Identifiers
    1. Service Dress Unit Shoulder Titles. Shoulder titles indicate either unit (applies to Army Reserve unit personnel) or branch/corps/regimental identity (see also Section 4, sub-paragraph 2.c.). They are worn by army members in orders of dress 1 and 3. Authorized abbreviated shoulder titles shall be worn as detailed in Annex E.
    2. Operational Clothing Titles: Worn on slip ons or patches in accordance with Command directives.
    3. Music Branch members normally wear the shoulder titles "MUSIC" or "MUSIQUE". Although for heritage reasons most bands are closely identified with other branches or functional units and use the shoulder titles of those organizations.
    4. Shoulder titles shall reflect the official language of the unit concerned, i.e.:
      1. in English or French language units, the language of the unit; and
      2. in  bilingual  units  and  for  individually  employed  personnel,  a personal choice of French or English identifiers.
    5. Army service dress shoulder titles and cloth titles for operational clothing are available through the Consolidated Clothing.
  3. Unit Badges. Unit badges are optional items.
    1. Flying Squadron and Other air force Unit/School Badges. Squadron and other similar badges may only be worn on flying clothing. Instructions for wear are issued by Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force.
    2. Combat Training Centre (CTC) School Badges. The following CTC school badges are authorized for wear on the right breast of army service dress as detailed in Annex E:
      1. Royal Canadian Armour Corps School. All army personnel on the establishment of the Armour School shall wear a single Armour Branch metal collar badge.
      2. Infantry School. All army personnel on instructional staff of the Infantry  School shall wear the Infantry Instructor Badge.
    3. Naval Unit Badges. Naval unit badges shall be worn on the naval combat dress jacket only. Approved badges shall be:
      1. embroidered reproductions of the official unit badge or the badge device;
      2. made of washable material and of good quality and appearance;
      3. 6.3 cm in height, including the base cloth; and
      4. worn only while personnel are on posted strength of the unit.
    4. Corps/Branch Directors, Corps RSM/CWOs and Colonel Commandants. Members holding such key positions within a Corps/Branch and therefore having no way of being distinguished as a member of the Corps/Branch through service dress accoutrements, may be authorized to wear a badge as determined by the Branch/Corps.

Figure 3-5-1 Division/Command/Formation Badges

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