The Instructional Cadre badge was introduced in 1920 to be
worn by NCOs and Warrant Officers assigned to the Instructor Cadre to teach the Militia.
It was worn up to the end of the Second World War. A cloth version of this badge also existed.
Instructor's Badges - 1943 War Dress Regulations
During the Second World War, two types of badges were
worn - Instructor's Cadre (or I.C.) badges, and Assistant Instructors (A.I.) These
badges were to be worn only on the right arm of Battle Dress Blouses, Service Dress and
Khaki Drill Jackets. They were not to be worn at all on khaki cotton shirts, work clothes,
greatcoats or cloaks. The badges were to be placed below rank badges (but above Service
Chevrons) by Warrant Officers and above rank chevrons by NCOs. Further orders in 1944
added that the Instructor's badge was to be 3/4 inch above the point of the V of NCO rank
chevrons, and below all other badges.
Soldiers appointed to the Instructional Cadre
were ordered to wear the Instructional Cadre Badge, consisting of the letters
"I.C." in monogram form within a wreath of maple leaves, surmounted by the
crown. Other instructors at training centres, schools, formations etc. were to wear an
Assistant Instructor badge consisting of an "A.I." in monogram form surmounted
by the crown.
In late 1942, orders further specified
that Instructors and Assistant Instructors appointed to the Instructional Cadre would wear
the "I.C." Badge, while personnel other than IC filling authorized appointments
as instructors on an establishment, would wear the "A.I." badge. As well,
Skill-at-Arms badges were ordered worn above the I.C. and A.I. badges. The orders also
specified that to readily identify instructors, a maroon arm band three inches wide was
ordered worn by men doing instructional duties. The armband was to be worn on the right
upper arm, and was not to be worn off of parade.
In 1944, orders came down that those soldiers
qualifying to wear the I.C. or A.I. badges could not also wear Tradesmen's badges. The
1944 orders also specified the location of these Instructor's Badges as follows; WOs were
to wear them on the right forearm below the badge of rank and above the Service Chevrons.
NCOs were to wear them on the right upper arm with the lower edge of the badge 3/4 inch
above the point of the V of the chevrons, and below any other Badge worn.
In 1945, qualified PT (Physical Training) Instructors and assistant PT
instructors were permitted to wear a crossed swords badge in the same manner as those worn
by the British Army, as shown by the photo of a British soldier at right.
||The I.C. badge (above) and A.I.
badge (two variants at left)
||Rifle Regiments wore
distinctive black and red badges as was traditional; badges at left are King's Crown
|Post War Badges
In 1958, a new series of insignia was designed for soldiers of the Canadian
Army to wear on uniforms, of a standard design and incorporating the Queen's Crown of the
monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the throne in 1953. At right are the AI
badges adopted as part of this series, with wreath and without. These badges
corresponded to Trade Group 3 (crown above) or Trade Group 4 (crown above and
partial wreath below.)
The Physical Training instructors badge is illustrated on
the page of Trades Badges.
Many of the Canadian Army schools of
instruction in the 1950s and 60s created instructor badges for wear by the NCO
instructors, worn in addition to the Army Assistant Instructor trade badge - This trade
badge was worn on the left forearm of the uniform. Only a few of the establishment
positions of the School organization would have been annotated for the AI qualification.
To date these are the only schools for which Instructor Badges have been positively
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School - wore a brass outline of the Centurion tank, locally
made, above the rank badge on both arms, including WOs II.
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps School wore a winged wheel, steering wheel with
horizontal wing on each side, in brass or white metal.
Royal Canadian Infantry Corps School wore a white metal maple leaf with a vertical
bayonet, tip pointing upward, just as is worn today.
Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps School wore the shield, in white metal, from the Corps cap
badge on the lower right sleeve above the trade badge.