Rank and Responsibility

Table of Ranks & Responsibilities

Table of Ranks & Appointments

Staff Officers

Rank & Appt Abbreviations

Ranks

Generals
►►
General

►►Lieutenant General

►►Major General

►►Brigadier General
Officers

►►Brigadier (1928-1968)

►►Col.-Commandant (1922-1928)

►►Colonel

►►Lieutenant Colonel

►►Major

►►Captain

►►Lieutenant

►►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)

►►Sergeant

►►Lance Sergeant (1900-1968)

►►Master Corporal (1968-2000+)

►►Corporal

►►Lance Corporal  (1900-1968)

Non-Commissioned Mbrs (Men)

►►Private

Appointments

Conductor

Master Gunner

Platoon Sergeant Major

Honorary Ranks

Colonel-in-Chief

Colonel of the Regiment

Honorary Colonel

Colonel Commandant

Captain

Captain has been a military rank in the Canadian Army throughout the 20th Century.

History

The rank of Captain dates back to the Middle Ages, when individual noblemen would purchase the right to raise and lead a company of soldiers. The rank title captain (and the term "company") would remain in use throughout the 20th Century.

Insignia

From November 1902 until Unification the rank of Captain was designated by three rank stars. After Unification it was identified by two thick rows of rank braid.

Pre-Unification

Post-Unification

Battle Dress

Service Dress

Combat Clothing
Slip-On

Garrison Dress
Jacket


Responsibilities

The rank of captain was considered appropriate for command of a sub-unit such as an Infantry Company, Cavalry Squadron, Armoured Squadron etc. up until Unification. After 1968, the rank of Captain was downgraded along with the rank of Major, and Captains became commanders of lower level subunits such as platoons while Majors became squadron/battery/company commanders in many cases.

Typical appointments for captains have included:

  • Battery Captain

  • Battle Captain

  • Adjutant

  • Battle Adjutant

As well, the platoon commander of the Carrier Platoon in Second World War infantry battalions was usually a captain, the only platoon commander to be so ranked.

Captain is a very commonly held rank among both Staff Officers and field officers.

Forms of Address

Captains were addressed by rank and name; thereafter by subordinates as "Sir" or "Ma'am".

Canadian Army Ranks/Appointments
Non-Commissioned Ranks
Private  | Lance Corporal | Corporal | Master Corporal | Lance Sergeant | Sergeant | Staff Sergeant
Warrant Officers

1900-1915 

1915-1968

1968-2000

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

 

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