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 Officers

A Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) was a member of the Canadian Army not holding a commission, holding the rank of Corporal, Sergeant, or Staff Sergeant, or who had been appointed Lance Corporal, Master Corporal, or Lance Sergeant.

Non-commissioned officers are considered the junior management of an army; the Canadian military, and its model, the British Army, relied on experienced NCOs to complement the Commissioned Officers in their tasks of leadership and administration.

Historically, there have been two categories of NCO; Junior Non-Commissioned Officers (Jr NCOs) and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (Sr NCOs). After the deletion of the rank of Staff Sergeant following Unification, the latter category consisted of only one rank, that of Sergeant.


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