Canadian Army Debuts Restored Officer Rank Insignia

Soldiers of the Canadian Army (CA) debuted the reinstated officer rank insignia today during a reception at the Canadian War Museum marking the 100th anniversary of Canada’s entry into World War 1 and the start of the World Wars commemorations period.

The Canadian Armed Forces is committed to strengthening the bonds between present-day soldiers and previous generations of men and women in uniform. The unveiling of the historical officer rank insignia coincides with the centennial of the start of the First World War, a conflict in which this insignia was worn by courageous Canadian soldiers at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. The reinstated rank insignia will allow our Canadian Army to further build upon the proud legacy established by the Canadians who served in the Army during the two World Wars as well as in Korea. It is anticipated to be implemented later this year.

Quick Facts

  • Former Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, announced the restoration of Canadian Army officer rank insignia from the post-1968 style of unification rank back to the traditional army insignia in July 2013.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring our men and women in uniform are equipped to do their jobs while providing best value for taxpayers. This year, all army uniforms are being replaced as part of the scheduled change over, thereby reducing the ongoing replacement costs going forward. As a result, the ongoing costs of replacing insignia as officers are promoted is reduced by $50,000 a year.
  • Pursuant to the coming into force of recent amendments made to the National Defence Act, the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defence, will enact changes to the Queen’s Regulations & Orders 3.01 with a view to officially restoring the traditional non-commissioned members’ rank names.


“On behalf of the Department of National Defence, I congratulate the Canadian Army’s progress on the prototypes of its restored rank insignia. This serves to honour the incredible history of the Canadian Army and our brave men and women in uniform and we look forward to the future implementation.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence 

“The restoration of the Canadian Army’s historical identity reinforces the ties between present-day soldiers and previous generations of warriors, while celebrating our proud Army heritage. Canadian Army officers will wear these insignia knowing that they carry on a strong legacy of service, while standing strong, proud and ready for the future.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army

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