Rank and Responsibility

Table of Ranks & Responsibilities

Table of Ranks & Appointments

Staff Officers

Rank & Appt Abbreviations

Ranks

Generals
►►
General

►►Lieutenant General

►►Major General

►►Brigadier General
Officers

►►Brigadier (1928-1968)

►►Col.-Commandant (1922-1928)

►►Colonel

►►Lieutenant Colonel

►►Major

►►Captain

►►Lieutenant

►►2nd Lieutenant

►►Officer Cadet

Warrant Officers

►►Chief Warrant Officer (1968-)

►►W.O. Class I (1915-1968)

►►Master Warrant Officer (1968-)

►►W.O. Class II (1915-1968)

►►Warrant Officer (1968-)

►►W.O. Class III (1939-1945)

Non-Commissioned Officers

►►Staff Sergeant (1900-1968)

►►Sergeant

►►Lance Sergeant (1900-1968)

►►Master Corporal (1968-2000+)

►►Corporal

►►Lance Corporal  (1900-1968)

Non-Commissioned Mbrs (Men)

►►Private

Appointments

Conductor

Master Gunner

Platoon Sergeant Major

Honorary Ranks

Colonel-in-Chief

Colonel of the Regiment

Honorary Colonel

Colonel Commandant

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel is a rank with a long history in the Canadian Army.

Insignia

The insignia for a lieutenant colonel before Unification was one rank star with a rank crown above. After Unification, the insignia was changed to three wide rows of rank braid.

Pre-Unification

Post-Unification

Battle Dress
(King's Crown)

Service Dress
(Queen's Crown)

Combat Clothing
Slip-On

Garrison Dress
Jacket

Responsibilities

Lieutenant colonel was the standard working rank for the Commanding Officer (C.O.) of units, i.e. infantry battalions or equivalent in other branches.

Forms of Address

Lieutenant colonels were addressed by rank and name; thereafter by subordinates as "Sir" or "Ma'am".

Appointments

Some appointments held by officers in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel include:

  • Commanding Officer (of an infantry battalion, armoured regiment, artillery regiment, engineer regiment, etc.)

  • General Staff Officer, Grade I

  • Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General

  • Honorary Lieutenant Colonel

Canadian Army Ranks/Appointments
Non-Commissioned Ranks
Private  | Lance Corporal | Corporal | Master Corporal | Lance Sergeant | Sergeant | Staff Sergeant
Warrant Officers

1900-1915 

1915-1968

1968-2000

Warrant Officer | Warrant Officer Class III | Warrant Officer Class II Warrant Officer Class I |  Warrant Officer | Master Warrant Officer | Chief Warrant Officer
Officers
Officer Cadet  | 2nd Lieutenant | Lieutenant | Captain | Major | Lieutenant Colonel | Colonel | Colonel Commandant | Brigadier
Generals
 Brigadier General | Major General | Lieutenant General | General

 


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