Canadian Armed Forces order of precedence

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All units of the Canadian Armed Forces have an order of precedence that determines seniority; it often decides such matters as which unit forms up to the right (senior side) of other units on a ceremonial parade, or the order in which marches or calls are played at a mess dinner.

Order of precedence[edit]

  1. Naval Operations Branch
  2. Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (see below)
  3. Royal Canadian Artillery
  4. Canadian Military Engineers
  5. Communications and Electronics Branch
  6. Royal Canadian Infantry Corps (see below)
  7. Air Operations Branch
  8. Royal Canadian Logistics Service
  9. Royal Canadian Medical Service
  10. Royal Canadian Dental Corps
  11. Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  12. Royal Canadian Chaplain Service
  13. Canadian Forces Military Police
  14. Legal Branch
  15. Music Branch
  16. Personnel Selection Branch
  17. Training Development Branch
  18. Public Affairs Branch
  19. Intelligence Branch
  20. Cadet Instructors Cadre

Note: The honour of "the right of the line" (precedence over other units), on an army parade, is held by the units of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery when on parade with their guns. On dismounted parades, RCHA units take precedence over all other land force units except formed bodies of officer cadets of the Royal Military College representing their college. RCA units parade to the left of units of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.

Precedence of armoured regiments[edit]

Regular Force

  1. The Royal Canadian Dragoons
  2. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
  3. 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (Regular)

Primary Reserve

  1. The Governor General's Horse Guards
  2. The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)
  3. 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)
  4. The Ontario Regiment (RCAC)
  5. The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC)
  6. Sherbrooke Hussars
  7. 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (Militia)
  8. 1st Hussars
  9. The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC)
  10. The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)
  11. The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own)
  12. The South Alberta Light Horse
  13. The Saskatchewan Dragoons
  14. The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)
  15. The British Columbia Dragoons
  16. The Fort Garry Horse
  17. Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC)
  18. The Windsor Regiment (RCAC)

Precedence of infantry regiments[edit]

Regular Force

  1. The Royal Canadian Regiment (Regular)
  2. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Regular)
  3. Royal 22e Régiment (Regular)

Primary Reserve

  1. Governor General's Foot Guards
  2. The Canadian Grenadier Guards
  3. The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
  4. The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
  5. Les Voltigeurs de Québec
  6. The Royal Regiment of Canada
  7. The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)
  8. The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment
  9. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
  10. The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
  11. 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
  12. The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
  13. The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
  14. The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)
  15. The Brockville Rifles
  16. Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
  17. Les Fusiliers du St-Laurent
  18. Le Régiment de la Chaudière
  19. Royal 22e Régiment (Militia)
    1. 4th Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (Châteauguay)
    2. 6th Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
  20. Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal
  21. The Princess Louise Fusiliers
  22. The Royal New Brunswick Regiment
  23. The West Nova Scotia Regiment
  24. The North Shore Regiment
  25. The Nova Scotia Highlanders
  26. Le Régiment de Maisonneuve
  27. The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)
  28. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
  29. The Essex and Kent Scottish
  30. 48th Highlanders of Canada
  31. Le Régiment du Saguenay
  32. The Cape Breton Highlanders
  33. The Algonquin Regiment
  34. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's)
  35. The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
  36. The North Saskatchewan Regiment
  37. The Royal Regina Rifles
  38. The Rocky Mountain Rangers
  39. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry)
  40. The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
  41. The Royal Westminster Regiment
  42. The Calgary Highlanders
  43. Les Fusiliers de Sherbrooke
  44. The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
  45. The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)
  46. The Royal Montreal Regiment
  47. The Irish Regiment of Canada
  48. The Toronto Scottish Regiment
  49. Royal Newfoundland Regiment

See also[edit]