Rank Appointment Insignia

Ranks within the Canadian Armed Forces signify the persons position within its hierarchical structure. Like a major corporation, as an individual is given more responsibility and authority they are promoted within the organization. The formal rank structure within the CAF is essential for the passing of orders in operations, the maintenance of good order and discipline and ensures the clarity of command. 


RanksRoyal Canadian NavyCanadian Army / Royal Canadian Air Force
General/Flag Officers Admiral (Adm) General (Gen)
  Vice-Admiral (VAdm) Lieutenant-General (LGen)
  Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Major-General (MGen)
  Commodore (Cmdre) Brigadier-General (BGen)
Senior Officers Captain (Capt (N)) Colonel (Col)
  Commander (Cdr) Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol)
  Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Major (Maj)
Junior Officers Lieutenant (Lt (N)) Captain
  Sub-Lieutenant (SLt) Lieutenant (Lt)
  Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A/SLt) Second Lieutenant (2Lt)
Subordinate Officer Naval Cadet (NCdt) Officer Cadet (OCdt)

Warrant Officers, Petty Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers

Chief Petty Officer 1st class
(CPO 1)
Chief Warrant Officer
  Chief Petty Officer 2nd class
(CPO 2)
Master Warrant Officer (MWO)
  Petty Officer 1st class
(PO 1)
Warrant Officer (WO)
  Petty Officer 2nd class
(PO 2)
Sergeant (Sgt)
Junior Non-Commissioned Members Master Seaman (MS) Master Corporal (MCpl)
  Leading Seaman (LS) Corporal (Cpl)
  Able Seaman (AB) Private Trained (Pte (T))
  Ordinary Seaman (OS) Private Basic
(Pte (B))


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