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Article / November 6, 2015 / Project number: 15-0147

Over the past two years, soldiers of the Canadian Army have witnessed the resurgence of their Second World War badge on social media and Canadian Army branding. This badge was adopted in 1940 when the Permanent Active Militia (Regular Force) and the Non-Permanent Active Militia (Reserve Force) merged to become the Canadian Army. This badge was worn by Canadian soldiers throughout the Second World War and it is still remembered fondly by our veterans who fought overseas.

Canadian Army soldiers have begun to wear this historic badge on their service dress Distinctive Environmental Uniform as their command pocket badge.

At the same time, two other historic badges will be restored. The popular war-time patches currently being worn by Army soldiers in our Canadian Divisions will see two new additions.

Soldiers of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (CADTC) which serves as an Army-level support to all operations and formations will inherit the symbol of the Second World War’s 1st Canadian Corps. This will allow their soldiers at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainright, AB, the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, NB, and at CADTC Headquarters in Kingston, ON, to be recognized for the same teamwork in support of the Canadian Army that was performed by 1st Canadian Corps during the Second World War.

As well, all members of the Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa will receive and wear the historic badge of 1st Canadian Army Headquarters during the Second World War.

The wearing of these proud historic badges by members of today’s Canadian Army formations honours the sacrifice and the deeds performed by our brave veterans who fought to make our Army the proud institution it is today,” says Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond, the Canadian Army Sergeant Major.

All these new badges are now available in Clothing Stores. The Army Sergeant Major has directed that these badges be worn by soldiers as noted above for 11 November 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first Remembrance Day following the end of the Second World War.

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