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

Rank and Appointment Abbreviations

Canadian Army Rank and Appointment Titles
(in descending order of importance)
Gen General
Lieut-Gen / LGen Lieutenant General
Maj-Gen / MGen Major General
Brig Brigadier
BGen Brigadier General
Col Colonel
Lieut-Col / LCol Lieutenant Colonel
Maj Major
Capt Captain
Lieut / Lt Lieutenant
2Lt 2nd Lieutenant
OCdt Officer Cadet
CWO Chief Warrant Officer
WO I Warrant Officer Class I
MWO Master Warrant Officer
WO II Warrant Officer Class II
WO Warrant Officer
S.Sgt / S/Sgt Staff Sergeant
Sgt Sergeant
L/Sgt Lance Sergeant
MCpl Master Corporal
MBdr Master Bombardier (RCA)
Cpl Corporal
Bdr Bombardier (RCA)
L/Cpl Lance Corporal
L/Bdr Lance Bombardier  (RCA)
Pte Private
Cfsm Craftsman (RCEME/LORE/EME)
Gdsmn Guardsman
Gnr Gunner (RCA)
Rifmn Rifleman
Spr Sapper (RCE/CME)
Tpr Trooper
Military and Political Appointment Title Abbreviations
AA & QMG Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
ADC Aide-de-Camp
AG Adjutant General
BGGS Brigadier General, General Staff
BGS Brigadier, General Staff
B.M Brigade Major
CGS Chief of the General Staff
CIGS Chief of the Imperial General Staff (British)
C-in-C Commander-in-Chief
CO Commanding Officer
Comd Commander
CRA Commander, Royal Artillery
CRE Commander Royal Engineers
DA & QMG Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General
DCO Deputy Commanding Officer
DD Deputy Director
DHS (D Hist) Director Historical Section
DM Deputy Minister
DM Drum Major
DMI Director Military Intelligence
DMS Director of Medical Services
DNS Director of Naval Service
DOC District Officer Commanding
FOO Forward Observation Officer
GG Governor General
GOC General Officer Commanding
GOCiC General Officer Commanding (-in-Chief)
Gov Gen Governor General
GS General Staff
GSO I, II, III General Staff Officer, 1st, 2nd or 3rd Grade
MGGS Major General, General Staff
MGRA Major General, Royal Artillery
Mr Gnr Master Gunner
NCM Non-Commissioned Member
NCO Non-Commissioned Officer
OC Officer Commanding
OM Overseas Minister

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