The Conservative government has unveiled another step in its program to reconnect the Canadian Armed Forces with their British roots.
National Defence Minister Peter MacKay has announced the army will ditch the maple leaf rank designators used on officers' shoulder boards in favour of the "pips" and crowns the Brits use to tell lieutenants (that's leff-tennant, not lou-tennant) from colonels, The Canadian Press reports.
The army's non-commissioned officers and below will also be referred to by their original British Army and Commonwealth rank designations, CP says.
So the American-style private will give way to ranks such as trooper, bombardier, rifleman or guardsman, depending on the type of unit, CP reports.
"Our government is committed to honouring the traditions and history of the Canadian Army," MacKay said in a news release. "The restoration of these historical features will encourage the esprit de corps of our soldiers and reinforce a rich military tradition that will continue toRead More »from Canadian Forces to ditch maple leaf designator in favour of British-style ranks