Corps / Branches

1900-1968 Organizational Corps
1968-2000 Branches

1900-1913| 1914-1963| 1964-2000

Corps & Services 1900-1968
Canadian Armoured Corps

Canadian Army Pay Corps

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Cdn Army Veterinary Corps
Canadian Corps of Signals

Canadian Dental Corps

Canadian Forestry Corps
Canadian Infantry Corps
Canadian Intelligence Corps

Cdn Perm. Army Veterinary Corps

Cdn. Perm. Signal Corps

Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Canadian Provost Corps
Canadian Signal Corps

Cdn Signalling Instructional Staff
Corps of Guides

Corps of Military Staff Clerks
Electrical & Mechanical Eng.

Militia Army Medical Corps
Officers Training Corps

Perm. Act. Militia Army Med. Corps

Regimental Veterinary Service
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

Royal Cdn Army Medical Corps

Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps

Royal Cdn Army Veterinary Corps

Royal Canadian Artillery

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Royal Canadian Dental Corps
Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps

Royal Regt of Canadian Artillery
Signalling Corps
Women's Army Corps

Branches 1967-2000



Canadian Forces Medical Service

Canadian Military Engineers

Comms & Electronics Eng.




Land Electrical & Mechanical Eng.
Land Ordnance Engineering
Medical Service
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Royal Regt of Canadian Artillery
Security & Intelligence

Security & Military Police


Administration Branch

Administration Branch

Created: 1 September 1967

Status on 1 Jan 2000: Active branch of Canadian Forces

The Administration Branch was a branch of the Canadian Forces created as part of Unification.


Clerks of all three services (Maritime Command, previously the Royal Canadian Navy, Mobile Command, previously the Canadian Army, and Air Command, previously the Royal Canadian Air Force) and personnel administration officers of the RCAF were integrated into the Administration Branch. The branch included officer classifications of personnel support (PSPT) and personnel development (PDEV) and the following trades:

  • administrative clerk

  • cook

  • draftsman

  • physical education and recreation instructor (PERI)

  • postal clerk

  • steward

The Personnel Administration Officers were grouped into a sub-classification of the PSPT classification, PSPT ADMIN. Other sub-classifications of PSPT included physical education and recreation, food services, information, and postal. The new trade of Administration Clerk (ADMIN CLK 831) incorporated all of the related former service trades mentioned above. Thus the stenographer, court reporter, and clerk engineering trades ceased to exist except as ADMIN CLK specialties.

The new officer structure for the Administration Branch was not long-lived, and sub-classifications were reformed along more functional lines. The personnel administrators were subjected to scrutiny though their need was eventually reaffirmed, and the PADM 68 classification was authorized on 1 May 1978. The classification briefly included a postal sub-classification, which was later established as a separate classification.

By this time, the Branch had evolved such that it comprised only administration officers and administrative clerks. The other non-commissioned member (NCM) trades had re-oriented themselves into other functional branches. The integrated clerical trade structure had proven to be reasonably successfully with some exceptions.

The Construction Engineering branch experienced a number of problems as a result of which 170 establishment positions were redesignated from the Administration Clerk 831 trades to create a new trade: Construction Engineering Procedures Technician (631).

Unification had resulted in administrative training being consolidated into the Canadian Forces School of Administration Logistics (CFSAL) at Borden, initially providing only QL3 and QL6 courses. When it became apparent that on-job-training alone was insufficient to qualify clerks, a five-week QL5 course was introduced in 1983.

The concept of on-job-training (OJT) for entry level Personnel Administration Officers was abandoned in 1971 with the introduction of a Basic Personnel Administration Course (of ten weeks). An advanced Personnel Administration Officers Course (5 weeks) was also created in 1981. In the wake of the deep personnel cuts in the 1990s, the structure was re-evaluated, resulting in the stand down of the Personnel Administration Officer Branch and amalgamation with the Logistics Branch in 2001.

In 1987, the Canadian Forces Postal Services were created by separating postal services from the Branch.


The badge of the Administration Branch was officially described as follows:

Within a wreath of maple leaves or a circular ribbon azure edged or and inscribed with the motto SERVIRE ARMATIS or. In centre vert two pillars supporting a lintel argent, inscribed with the word POPULUS. Below upon a scroll or backed gules the word ADMINISTRATION sable. The whole ensigned by the Royal crown proper.


The two pillars with a lintel portray the them of supporting military personnel which is the one common factor in the Administrative Branch. The motto SERVIRE ARMATIS amplifies the support theme.


SERVIRE ARMATIS (Serving the Forces).1

Cap Badges

Cap badges were issued in metal, cloth, and subdued cloth for the Combat Cap.


  1. Badges of the Canadian Forces, Canadian Forces Publication 267 (Department of National Defence, 1976) 1999-present