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

Warrant Officer Class II

Warrant Officer Class II was a rank created during the First World War in the Canadian Army. In 1915, the rank of Warrant Officer was split into two classes, with Class II being the lower of the two, and Class I the higher.

In May 1915, appointments previously warranted were given the rank of Warrant Officer Class I (the senior grade), while some appointees previously ranked as senior Sergeants now became graded as Warrant Officer Class II. The new rank of WO II was not recognized in Canada, however.

No warrant officers, class "1", have been, or will be appointed in the CEF in Canada.

There is not, nor has there ever been, any such rank as warrant officer Class "2" in Canada. Therefore, NCOs who have held warrant rank Class "2" overseas, automatically lose the same on return to Canada.

Warrant officers Class "1", who have received their warrants in the field, are permitted to retain their rank in the CEF, in Canada, provided they do not accept an appointment lower than that for which the warrant was granted.

Rank Insignia

The insignia for this rank was originally a "bare" crown, with the addition of other devices according to the soldier's trade. In 1915, a crown and wreath insignia was adopted, generally worn in brass. During the Second World War, embroidered badges of wool (worsted) and khaki drill denim insignia were most common, though the older metal badges were seen on greatcoats or on leather wristbands. The Tudor Crown was replaced with the St. Edward's Crown after the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

The insignia was worn on the lower forearm of both sleeves of uniform garments, including Battle Dress Blouses, Khaki Drill Jackets, Bush Dress, Service Dress, and Greatcoats. The metal badge was also seen worn on a leather bracelet on the left wrist when in short-sleeved shirt as part of Summer Dress.

The rank was effectively replaced after Unification with that of Master Warrant Officer in the newly combined Canadian Armed Forces.


Crown and wreath badge in metal, as worn on Service Dress.


Crown and wreath badge in worsted, as worn on Battle Dress (King's Crown)

Appointments and Insignia

May 1915-1939

Insignia Appointment/Title
Master Gunner 3rd Class

  • Schoolmaster
  • Garrison Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Quartermaster Corporal Major
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Battery Sergeant Major
  • Squadron Sergeant Major
  • Squadron Corporal Major
  • Troop Sergeant Major
  • Company Sergeant Major
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, School of Musketry

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant CAMC
Sergeant Major, Gymnastic Staff


Insignia Appointment/Title
Master Gunner 3rd Class
  • Armament Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Foreman of Signals Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Staff Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Artisan Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Foreman of Works Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Quarter Master Sergeant Artillery Clerk
  • Topographic Surveyor Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Armourer Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Garrison Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Quarter Master Sergeant Instructor (Instructional Cadre)
  • Squadron Sergeant Major
  • Battery Sergeant Major
  • Company Sergeant Major
  • Engineer Clerk Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Lithographer Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Quarter Master Sergeant Superintending Clerk
  • Squadron Sergeant Major (Instructional Cadre)
  • Battery Sergeant Major (Instructional Cadre)
  • Company Sergeant Major (Instructional Cadre)
  • Engineer Draughtsman Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Mechanist Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Company Sergeant Major Superintending Clerk
  • Farrier Quarter Master Sergeant
  • Orderly Room Sergeant (when graded as a Quarter Master Sergeant)
  • Saddler Quarter Master Sergeant


  1. CEF Orders, Ottawa, reprinted in: Law, Clive M. Khaki: Uniforms of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Service Publications, Nepean, ON, 1997). ISBN 0969984545

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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