Rank and Responsibility

Table of Ranks & Responsibilities

Table of Ranks & Appointments

Staff Officers

Rank & Appt Abbreviations



►►Lieutenant General

►►Major General

►►Brigadier General

►►Brigadier (1928-1968)

►►Col.-Commandant (1922-1928)


►►Lieutenant Colonel




►►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)


►►Lance Sergeant (1900-1968)

►►Master Corporal (1968-2000+)


►►Lance Corporal  (1900-1968)

Non-Commissioned Mbrs (Men)




Master Gunner

Platoon Sergeant Major

Honorary Ranks


Colonel of the Regiment

Honorary Colonel

Colonel Commandant

Non-Commissioned Members

Other Ranks

From the beginning of the 20th Century, the term Other Ranks was used collectively to refer to any soldier in the Canadian Army not holding officer rank. The term included Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Men.


Men was a term used to refer to soldiers not holding rank (in other words, privates, or equivalent). The term was phased out after Unification, possibly because it could be interpreted as gender-specific.

Non-Commissioned Members

After Unification, the term Other Ranks was gradually changed in official usage to Non-Commissioned Members, and included Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and soldiers formerly known as Men.

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