The Ceremonial Guard was established by the Canadian Armed Forces to plan, prepare, and execute Public Duties in the Nation's Capital during the summer.
Every guardsman, musician and member of the support staff is a trained Regular or Reserve member of the Canadian Armed Forces. All newly enrolled personnel must successfully complete Canadian Armed Forces basic military training prior to being granted permission to wear Canadian Armed Forces uniforms and the full-dress uniform of one of the Guards Regiments.
The Ceremonial Guard, today, is a composite Canadian Armed Forces Unit of over 400 people that includes a Foot Guard company and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard. This year, the majority of the Guard is composed of Regular and Reserve Force Guard and includes soldiers from regiments across Canada and for the first time, the ceremonial members from Canada's Navy and Air Force.
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