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

Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant was a rank in the pre-Unification Canadian Army. A Staff Sergeant was considered a senior Non-Commissioned Officer. The rank was almost always tied to a specific appointment bearing another title.

1900 to May 1915

The rank insignia of a Staff Sergeant up until May 1915 was in some cases a 4-bar chevron worn with the points up, surmounted by either a rank star or a crown. Some Staff Sergeants, depending on the appointment held, wore a 3-bar chevron worn with the points down, surmounted by a crown.

Sergeant Major
Bandmaster

Regimental
Quartermaster
Sergeant

Company Sergeant
Major etc.

May 1915

In May 1915, the rank insignia for Staff Sergeants changed slightly depending on appointments, and an unadorned 4-bar chevron worn points up was now seen.

Staff
Quartermaster
Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

 

Second World War to Unification

By 1939, the rank insignia for a Staff Sergeant was standardized as a 3-bar chevron surmounted by the crown, though Staff Sergeants of the Royal Canadian Artillery and Royal Canadian Engineers added a gun or bomb badge, respectively, between the chevron and the crown.

Staff Sergeant
(King's Crown)
Staff Sergeant (RCA) Staff Sergeant (RCE)


 Insignia of a Staff Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, with a Queen's Crown.
 

Duties

Staff Sergeants held the following appointments in the First World War:

  • Sergeant Major

  • Bandmaster Sergeant Major

  • CAMC Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant

  • Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant

  • Battery Quarter Master Sergeant

  • Company Quarter Master Sergeant

  • Squadron Sergeant Major

  • Battery Sergeant Major

  • Company Sergeant Major

  • Colour Sergeant

  • Staff Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Sergeant Bugler

  • Sergeant Drummer

  • Sergeant Piper

  • Staff Sergeant of Regimental Band

  • Artillery Quartermaster Sergeant, Gymnastic Staff

  • Company Sergeant Major Instructor, Gymnastic Staff

  • Armament Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Staff Sergeant, Army Ordnance Corps

  • Sergeant, Army Medical Corps

  • Staff Sergeant Farrier

  • Staff Sergeant, Army Pay Corps

  • Staff Sergeant Wheeler

  • Armament Staff Sergeant

  • Staff Sergeant, Armourer

  • Staff Sergeant Smith

  • Staff Sergeant, Army Service Corps

  • Sergeant of Mounted Band

Insignia 1914-May 1915

Insignia Appointment/Title
  • Sergeant Major
  • Bandmaster

 

  • Sergeant Major CAMC
  • Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Battery Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Company Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Squadron Sergeant Major
  • Battery Sergeant Major
  • Company Sergeant Major
  • Colour Sergeant

 

Insignia May 1915-1918

Insignia Appointment/Title
  • Staff Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Sergeant Piper
Sergeant Bugler
Sergeant Drummer
Quartermaster Sergeant, Gymnastic Staff
Company Sergeant Major Instructor, Gymnastic Staff
  • Armament Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant, Army Ordnance Corps
  • Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant, Army Medical Corps
  • Staff Sergeant Farrier
  • Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant, Army Pay Corps
  • Staff Sergeant Wheeler
  • Armament Staff Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant, Armourer
  • Staff Sergeant Smith
  • Staff Sergeant, Army Service Corps
  • Sergeant of Mounted Band
  • Staff Sergeant of Regimental Band, Artillery



Staff Sergeants held the following appointments in the Second World War

  • Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Battery Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Armament Staff Sergeant

  • Mechanist Staff Sergeant

  • Armourer Staff Sergeant

  • Orderly Room Sergeant

  • Artisan Staff Sergeant

  • Saddler Staff Sergeant

  • Engineer Clerk Staff Sergeant

  • Staff Sergeant Artillery Clerk

  • Engineer Draughtsman Staff Sergeant

  • Staff Sergeant Clerk

  • Farrier Staff Sergeant

  • Foreman of Works Staff Sergeant

  • Superintending Clerk

  • Lithographer Staff Sergeant

  • Topographic Surveyor Staff Sergeant

Forms of Address

Staff Sergeants were addressed by rank and name.

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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