Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Dress and Ceremonial

  1. Can I wear my Mess Dress after retiring/ releasing from the Canadian Armed Forces?
  2. Can I wear my uniform after retiring/releasing from the Canadian Forces?
  3. Do regulations authorize the buying of wreaths for Remembrance Day or other official commemorative ceremonies at public expense?
  4. How do I acquire a copy of an official Canadian Forces badge (graphics)?
  5. In a flag party, can foreign flags be carried by CAF members?
  6. Is the use of logos permitted in the CAF? If so, what are the rules governing the production and display of a logo?
  7. What are the rules associated with flag protocol/etiquette?
  8. What constitutes the Canadian Forces?
  9. What is the process for the naming of a work, building and geographical feature?
  10. What is the process to have an official Canadian Forces badge produced?
  11. When does a parade have to be conducted in bilingual format?
  12. When they play the national anthem at a parade should I sing?
  13. While in the US, I was given my US jump wings. Can I wear foreign specialist skill badges on my uniform?
  14. Who is entitled to an official Canadian Forces badge?


Who is entitled to an official Canadian Forces badge?


In accordance with Chapter 6 of 'CFP 200 – The Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces', subject to military tradition and to branch and formation policy, branches and organizations established as separate entities under a Ministerial Organization Order (MOO) and a Canadian Forces Organization Order (CFOO), as well as other defence establishments specifically approved by NDHQ, may receive one official, primary badge.”

Not all organizations that have a MOO and CFOO are entitled to a CF Badge. There are exceptions that are separately identified within the given reference. In accordance with military tradition however, all organizations listed below, without exception, are entitled to a Canadian Forces Badge:

  1. CF Branches;
  2. Commands;
  3. Formations (to include Land Force Areas, Brigade Groups, and Area Support Groups);
  4. Bases and Stations (to include Area Support Units);
  5. Communication Groups;
  6. Ships;
  7. Flying Squadrons;
  8. Infantry Regiments;
  9. Armoured Regiments;
  10. Communication Squadrons;
  11. Radar Squadrons;
  12. Service Battalions;
  13. Air Movements Units;
  14. Colleges and Schools (to include Training Centres);
  15. Defence Research Establishments;
  16. Data Centres and Line Troops; and
  17. Depots.