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Canada is defended by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), a bilingual unified service. more...

There is a national Police Service - Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC). more...

There is a national Cadet Movement in Canada. Youths from the 13-18 may serve in the Sea, Air or Army Cadets. more...

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Military

Canada is defended by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), a unified service. Formed in 1968 upon the unification of the 3 existing Military Services ; the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).   The Force is administered by the Department of National Defense (DND) under a civilian Minister of National Defense and is led by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) a serving officer in the grade of Admiral or General. The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is the Governor General of Canada, though in practice they are controlled by the Prime Minister & Cabinet. 

The short form of "CF" (Canadian Forces) is used and the service is completely bilingual (English / French). When the CAF was created, the titles Army, Navy and Air Force disappeared and were replaced by land element, sea element, and air element respectively. Today the distinctive titles Army, Navy and Air Force have returned to common use in the public & press.  The Navy is still technically the "sea element" and the senior appointment is Chief of the Maritime Staff. The Air Force is still technically the "air element" and the senior appointment is Chief of the Air Staff. The Army is still technically the "land element" and the senior appointment is Chief of the Land Staff. go to Rank Insignia

Cadets

There is a national Cadet Movement in Canada. Youths from the 13-18 may serve in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (commonly known as Sea Cadets), Royal Canadian Army Cadets (commonly known as Army Cadets), Royal Canadian Air Cadets (commonly known as Air Cadets). Boys & girls aged 11-12 may serve in junior cadet movements.  While military in rank and style these organizations are really about experience and leadership.

Sea Cadets learn seamanship skills, including navigation and how to sail. Army Cadets focus on adventure training activities such as expeditions, trekking, orientation and rappelling. Air Cadets learn to pilot gliders and planes, and participate in other flight-related activities.

Cadets meet one evening a week and on some weekends. There are courses and activities that are mandatory but approximately a third of the program is classed as optional - allowing units to tailor their training to available resources and local interests.

Officers of the Sea, Air & Army Cadets hold a Queen's commission and are considered as reserve officers of the Cadet Instructor Cadre - CIC (formerly Cadet Instructor List - CIL).

Navy League Officers are civilian volunteers who hold a Warrant.

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Police

There is a national Police Service called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC).  go to Rank Insignia

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