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Glossary - O

Order of Battle - An Order of Battle is a listing of units assigned to a formation, command, district or other organization. It can also refer to a listing of personnel within a unit or sub-unit. The abbreviation Orbat was regularly used in the latter half of the 20th Century. In the first half of the century the term War Establishment was used to refer to a listing of which personnel and equipment a unit was entitled to.

Order of Precedence - various governing institutions in Canada have a "nominal and symbolic hierarchy" which assists in dictating ceremonial protocol.1 The federal and provincial goverments maintain tables of precedence which determine such things as seating arrangements where order of seniority is considered important. Likewise, the Canadian Armed Forces organize personnel in a hierarchy. Regiments, corps and branches, and individual units therein, are assigned a ranking according to seniority and tradition. The Royal Navy, for example, is considered senior to the British Army. The Royal Canadian Navy, which was formed many years after the Canadian Militia, also enjoys seniority in the Canadian Forces to conform to British tradition. In the Army, all armoured regiments are ranked as senior to infantry regiments because of a conscious decision to apply cavalry traditions to the armoured corps. Within each corps and branch, units are ranked according to date of formation. Many lists therefore list units out of alphabetical order, and instead by order of precedence.

 

Notes

  1. From the definition given in Protocol for Life: Guidelines on Diplomatic, Official and Social Manners (Obisakin, Lawrence Olufemi, Goold Books, 2007) accessed online at https://books.google.ca/books?id=-Vq4ARYT6SIC&pg=PA234&lpg=PA234


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