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A badge is a distinctive sign, symbol or emblem used to visually identify a military organization and foster the pride and cohesiveness necessary for operational effectiveness.

Official badges formally identify an individual branch, formation or unit. The primary badge of each organization is personally approved by the Governor- General as the Canadian Forces (CF) Commander-in-Chief. Supplementary badges, such as devices worn on collars or buttons, and secondary insignia used to identify personal rank, qualifications and skills, are approved by the Inspector of CF Colours and Badges on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff.