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


Sergeant was a rank in the Canadian Army throughout the 20th Century. A sergeant was a senior Non-Commissioned Officer; the title for this rank was alternately spelled "Serjeant", and the two spellings saw use interchangeably until after the Second World War.


The rank insignia of a sergeant was traditionally a 3-bar chevron worn point down. Sergeants in the artillery and engineers added a gun or bomb badge, respectively.

Sergeant Sergeant (RCA) Sergeant (RCE)

After unification, the insignia of a sergeant remained a 3-bar chevron, but a maple leaf was added to the insignia, which was displayed on smaller, machine-woven insignia on the combat uniform, work dress and CF uniform, as well as the later Garrison Dress and DEU. Enamelled metal rank pins were also worn on CF shirts in work, garrison, CF and DEU uniform. Unadorned 3-bar chevrons (i.e. lacking the maple leaf) in gold lace were sometimes seen on ceremonial uniforms.


In the pre-Unification military, sergeants occupied both command and administrative positions. In the infantry, a sergeant was generally second-in-command of an Infantry Platoon up until unification. In troops of tanks in the Second World War and up to Unification, a Troop Sergeant was second-in-command of a troop of tanks as well as commanding his own tank. An appointment known as Lance Sergeant was equal to a sergeant in terms of responsibilities and authority.


The responsibilities of a sergeant in the post-Unification army were diminished greatly, though they were also brought in line with other NATO militaries. In the US Army, a sergeant commanded a squad (section) of men, and the post-Unification section commanders in Canadian infantry units became sergeants as well, giving him the duties and responsibilities that a corporal had before unification.


Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Artillery on parade in Germany in May 1945. His fully badged Battle Dress includes a set of guns over his 3-bar chevrons. Other insignia includes the crossed flags badge of a signaller, the Formation Patches of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, unit titles for the Royal Canadian Artillery, and Service Chevrons. LAC Photo PA-197935.


Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Engineers serving with the Canadian Army Occupation Force in 1945. The grenade badge is visible over his 3-bar chevron. Service Publications Photo.

Forms of Address

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




Warrant Officer | Warrant Officer Class III | Warrant Officer Class II Warrant Officer Class I |  Warrant Officer | Master Warrant Officer | Chief Warrant Officer
Officer Cadet  | 2nd Lieutenant | Lieutenant | Captain | Major | Lieutenant Colonel | Colonel | Colonel Commandant | Brigadier
 Brigadier General | Major General | Lieutenant General | General


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