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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

RCN TRADE BADGES

 

 

WORLD WAR II     1950     Mid-1950s     1960 - 1968  1960 - 1968 (RCNR)

 

1968 - late 1980s     late 1980s - present

 

 

 

World War II

 

The trade badges shown below for WW II RCN trade badges are RN trade badges. The RCN used the same badges as the RN until 1948.

 

 

BOOM DEFENCE RATINGS

Small Vessel Gunlayer

Quarter Ratings 3rd Class

Torpedo Rating

Visual Signalman
Boom Defence

Chief Riggers
Boom Defence

Rigger's Mate

Boom Defence

 

 

 

 

CODER

Leading Coder 

Coder

Ordinary Coder

 

 

CONTROLLED AND OBSERVATION MINING

Petty Officer C.M.

Leading Wireman C.M.

Wireman C.M.

Leading Watchkeeper's C.M.

 

 

CONTROLLED MINING STATIONS

Petty Officer C.M.S.

Leading Wireman C.M.S.

Wireman C.M.S.

Torpedo Cox'n

 

 

COOKS,

STEWARDS,

SUPPLY, &

WRITERS

Leading Cook

Cook

Officer's Cook

Officer's Steward

Supply Rating

Leading Writer

Writer

 

 

 

D.E.M.S.

 

Defensively Equipped

Merchant Ships

D.E.M.S. Gunlayer

Seaman Gunner

 

 

GUNNER RATINGS

Gunner's Mate

Director Layer

Director Layer 2nd Class

Rangetaker 1st Class

Rangetaker 2nd Class

Anti-Aircraft Rating 1st Class

Anti-Aircraft Rating

2nd Class

Anti-Aircraft Rating 3rd Class

Quarters Rating 1st Class

Quarters Rating 2nd Class

Quarters Rating 3rd Class

Layer Rating 1st Class

Layer Rating 2nd Class

Layer Rating 3rd Class

Patrol Service Gunnery

Instructor

Patrol Service Gunlayer

Patrol Service

Seaman Gunner

Control Rating 1st Class

Control Rating 2nd Class

Control Rating 3rd Class

Radar Control Rating 2nd Class

       

 

 

HARBOUR DEFENCE

OPERATOR

Harbour Defence Layer

1st Class

Harbour Defence Operator

2nd Class

Harbour Defence Operator

3rd Class

 

 

MECHANICIAN

Chief Mechanician

Mechanician 1st & 2nd Class

 

 

MEDICAL

Sick Berth Attendant

Laboratory Assistant

Masseur

Operating Room Assistant

X-Ray Assistant

Dental Surgery Attendant

Dental mechanics

 

 

 

MOTOR MECHANICS

Chief Motor Mechanic

Motor Mechanic

 

 

PHYSICAL AND RECREATIONAL TRAINING

Training Instructor 1st Class

Training Instructor 2nd Class

Training Instructor 3rd Class

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHER

Chief Petty Officer

Photographer

Leading Photographer

Photographer

 

 

SAILMAKER

Chief Sailmaker

Sailmaker

Sailmaker's Mate

 

 

SHIPWRIGHT 

 

Note: The same trade badge was also used for:

 

ARTISAN

(Plumbers, Painters,

Joiners, Coopers)

 

BLACKSMITH

Chief Shipwright

Shipwright 1st-4th Class

Shipwright 5th Class

 

 

SHORE WIRELESS SERVICES

Petty Officer
Shore Wireless Services

Telegraphist

Shore Wireless Services

 

 

SIGNALMAN

Visual Signalman 1st Class

Chief Petty Officer

Visual Signalman 2nd Class

Petty Officer

Visual Signalman 2nd Class

Visual Signalman 3rd Class

Visual Signalman

(Trained Operator)

Ordinary Sig or Signal Boy

(Signalman not T.O.)

  

  

Convoy Leading Signalman

Leading Craft Signalman

Petty Officer
Shore Signal Service

Signalman

Shore Signal Service

 

 

STOKER

Chief Stoker

Stoker Petty Officer

Leading Stoker

Stoker 2nd Class

Stoker, Fire Fighter

 

 

   

 

 

SUBMARINE DETECTOR

Submarine Detector Instructor

Higher Submarine Detector

Submarine Detector

 

 

TORPEDO

Torpedo Gunner's Mate

Torpedo Coxswain

Leading Torpedoman

(Low Power)

Leading Torpedoman

Seaman Torpedoman

  

  

   

 

 

WIRELESS TELEGRAPHIST

Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist

Petty Officer Telegraphist

Leading Telegraphist

Wireless Telegraphist 2nd Class

Wireless Telegraphist 3rd Class (Radar)

Wireless Telegraphist 3rd Class

Wireless Telegraphist

(Trained Operator)

Ordinary Telegraphist or Boy Tel

(Telegraphist not T.O.)

 

 

 

WIREMEN

Petty Officer Wireman

Leading Wireman

Wireman

Wireman, Jointer

 

 

WIREMEN

LANDING CRAFT

Petty Officer Wireman

Leading Wireman

Wireman

 

 

WIREMEN

MINESWEEPER

Petty Officer Wireman

Leading Wireman

Wireman

 

 

FLEET AIR ARM

(possibly RN only badges)

Rating Pilot

Rating Observer

Acting Rating Observer

Telegraphist Air Gunner

All Classes - Worn above left cuff

Telegraphist Air Gunner 1st Class

Telegraphist Air Gunner 3rd Class

 

 

 

RCN Air Arm

CPO and PO Air Mechanic

Engine Section

Air Mechanic

Engine Section

Air Fitter

Engine Section

 

CPO and Leading Air Fitter

Electrical Section

Leading Air Mechanic

Electrical Section

   

CPO, PO, and Leading Air Fitter

Airframe Section

Air Mechanic

Airframe Section

CPO and PO Air Fitter

Ordinance Section

Air Fitter

Ordnance Section

 

 

OTHER TRADE QUALIFICATIONS & SPECIALTY QUALIFICATIONS

Bugler

Bomb Disposal

Combined Operations

Combined Operations Coxswain

Diver

General Duties

Good Shooting Badge

Motor Driver Dispatch Rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plotter, Bomb ranger Marker

Surveying Recorder

   

   

 

1950

 

Trade badges from Naval General Order GO 75/13 dated October 1950

Source: Jerry Proc's Website - RCN Trade Badges and Designators

 

The RCN Manual of Advancement and Promotion, (BRCN 113) dated October 1950 shows the maple leaf and eliminates the non-substantive rate stars and crown.

 

Administrative Writer

Air Artificer

Air Fitter

Air Rigger

Aircraft Controlman

Anti-Aircraft Rate

Bandsman

Communicator (new entry)

1948-1955 (note 6)

Communicator Crypto

1948-1955 (note 6)

Communicator Radio

1948-1955 (note 6)

Communicator Supplementary

1948-1955 (note 6)

Communicator Visual

1948-1955 (note 6)

Control Armourer

Cook (Officers)

Cook (Ship)

Electrical Technician

Electrical Technician (Air)

Electricians Mate

Engine Room Artificer

Gunnery Instructor

Gunnery Armourer

Hygiene Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Layers Rate

Medical Assistant

Meteorologists Mate

Motor Mechanic

Naval Storesman

Operating Room Assistant

Pay Writer

Pharmacists Assistant

Photographer

Physical Training Instructor

Physiotherapy Aide

Plane Technician

Plumber

Quartermaster

Quarter Rate

Radar Control

Radar Plot Rate

Radio Technician

Radio Technician (Air)

Radiographer

Regulating Rate

Safety Equipment Technician

Sailmaker

Shipwright

Steward

Stoker Mechanic

Torpedo Armourer

Torpedo Anti-Submarine Rate

Victualling Storesman

     

 

Mid 1950s

 

Administrative Writer

Air Artificer

Air Fitter

Air Rigger

Aircraft Controlman

Anti-Aircraft

Bandsman

Communicator Crypto

Communicator Supplementary

Communicator Visual

Control Armourer

Cook

Electrical Technician

Electrical Technician (Air)

Electricians Mate

Engine Room Artificer

Gunnery Instructor

Gunnery Armourer

Hygiene Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Layer

Medical Assistant

Meteorologist's Mate

Motor Mechanic

Naval Storesman

Operating Room Assistant

Pay Writer

Pharmacists Assistant

Photographer

Physical Training Instructor

Physiotherapy Aide

Plane Technician

Plumber

Quartermaster

Quarter

Radar Control

Radar Plotter

Radioman

1955 - Feb 1968 (Note 6)

Radio Technician

Radio Technician (Air)

Radiographer

Regulating

Safety Equipment Technician

Sailmaker

Shipwright

Steward

Stoker Mechanic

Technical Assistant

Torpedo Anti-Submarine

Torpedo Armourer

Victualling Storesman

       

 

 

01 Jan 1960 - 01 Feb 1968

 

Trade Badges IAW the RCN Catalogue of Material BRCN 213 dated March 1962

and 

the Apr 1964 edition of the Crowsnest Magazine.

 

 

Administrative Write (AW)

Air Electrical Technician (EA)

Air Electronic Technician (RA)

Air Fitter (AF)

Air Rigger (AR)

Apprentice, Technical (AP)

Aviation Technician (AT)

Bandsman (BD)

Boatswain (BN)

Clearance Diver (CD)

Commissaryman (CM)

See Note 1

Cook (CK)

Electrical Technician (ET)

Electrician's Mate (EM)

Electronic Technician (LT)

 

Engineering Mechanic (EM)

Engineering Technician (ER)

Firecontrolman (FC)

Hull Mechanic (HM)

Hull Technician (HT)

 

Hygiene Assistant (HG)

Laboratory Assistant (LB)

Medical Assistant (MA)

Meteorologist's Mate (MM)

Naval Airman (AM)

Naval Storesman (NS)

See Note 3

Operating Room Assistant (OR)

Pay Writer (PW)

Pharmacist (PM)

Photographer (PH)

Physical and Recreational Training Instructor (PT)

Physiotherapy Aide

Radar Plotter (RP)

Radiographer

Radioman (RM)

1955 - Feb 1968 (Note 6)

Radioman Special (RS)

1955 - Feb 1968 (Note 6)

Ship's Storesman (ST)

Ship's Writer (WR)

Signalman (SG)

Sonarman (SN)

Steward (SW)

Technical Assistant

Victualling Storesman (VS)

See Note 2

Weaponman Air (WA)

Weaponman Surface (WS)

Weaponman Underwater (WU)

       

Other Qualification

 

Bugler

Other Qualification

 

Shallow Water Diver

Other Qualification

 

Marksman

Other Qualification

 

Naval Air Crewman

Other Qualification

 

Submariner

 

Notes:

 

1) The Commissaryman trade badge was awarded after completion of Trade Group 4 and was responsible for both Cook and Steward trades.

 

2) Victualling Storesmen were responsible for Food, Clothing, Canteen and Laundry

 

3) Naval Storesmen were responsible for all other stores issues not covered by Victualling Storeman group

 

4) Ship's Storesman was the badge worn after the Trade Group 4 and those who wore it were qualified in both stores trades.

 

 

RCNR

 

01 Jan 1960 - 01 Feb 1968

 

Trade Badges IAW the RCN Catalogue of Material BRCN 213 dated March 1962

and 

the Apr 1964 edition of the Crowsnest Magazine.

 

Air Artificer

Anti-Aircraft Rate

Armourer's Mate

Communicator Crypto

Communicator Radio

Communicator Visual

Control Armourer

Gunnery Armourer

Hull Tech (Wood)

Hull Tech (Metal)

Layer Rate

Mechanic

Ordnance Technician

Plumber

Quarter's Rate

Radar Control Rate

Regulator

Safety Equipment Technician

Sailmaker

Seaman

Technician mechanic

Torpedo Armourer

Torpedo Detector Rate

 

 

 

 

 

01 Feb 1968 - Late 1980s

 

This was the period of Unification where all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces wore the Green CF uniform and there were no distinctive Naval trade badges in use during this time. Those who had the pre-unification uniforms continued to wear them with their distinctive trade badges until issued with the new CF uniform.

 

 

Late 1980s - Present

 

Sometime after 1985 the Government of Canada issued distinctive environmental uniforms (DEUs) to the three services and at this time trade badges were re-introduced to the Canadian Navy.

 

Admin Clerk 831

Boatswain (Bos'n) 181

Clearance Diver 341

Clearance Diver Tech 342

Communications Research 291

Cook 861

Diesel Mechanic 315

Electrician 331

Financial Clerk 841

Fire Fighter 651

Hull Tech 321

Intelligence 111

Lab Technician 714

Marine Electrician 332

Marine Engineering Artificer 314

Marine Engineer Mechanic 312

Marine Engineer Technician 313

Medical Assistant 711

Military Police 811

Musician 871

Naval Combat Information Operator NCI OP 275

See Note 3

Naval Communicator 277

NAV COMM

See Note 2

 

Naval Electronic Technician

(Acoustic) 283
 NET(A)

Naval Electronic Technician (Communications) 284

NET(C)

Naval Electronic Technician

(Systems) 286

NET(S)

Naval Electronic Technician

(Tactical) 285

NET(T)

Naval Electronic Sensor

Operator 276 (Old badge)

NESOP

See Note 1

Naval Electronic Sensor

Operator 276 (Current badge)

NESOP

See Note 1

Naval Radio Operator 274

NRAD OP

See Note 2

Naval Signalman 262

NAV SIG

See Note 2

Naval Weapons Tech 065

NWT

Oceanographic Operator 191

OCEAN OP

Operating Room Technician

713

Physical Education and Recreation Instructor 851

PERI

Preventive Medicine

Technician 716

Radar Plotter 271

RP

See Note 3

Resource Management Support

Clerk 836

RMS Clerk

Sonar Operator

(See trade designations to right)

(1) Sonar Operator (mid 1980s)

 

(2) Naval Acoustic Control Operator

NACOP 273

 

(3) Tactical Acoustic Sensor

Operator

TASOP 278 (see note 5)

 

(4) Sonar Operator (see note 5)

Sonar Technician 282

See Note 4

 

Steward 862

Supply Technician 911

Radiology (X-ray)

Technician 715

   

 

Notes

 

1) Naval Electronic Sensor Operator (NES OP) trade is an amalgamation of the Electronic Warfare (EW) and the Fire Control (FC) trades. The ‘old’ badge was the original trade badge issued when the Distinctive Environmental Uniform (DEU) was issued. There was a backlash amongst those in the MOC and the trade undertook to produce the ‘new’ badge on their own and with their own funding.

 

2) In Jan 1998 the Naval Radio Operator (NRAD Op 274) and Naval Signalman (NAV SIG) 262 trades amalgamated and formed the Naval Communicator (NAV COMM) 277 trade.

 

3) Naval Combat Information Operator (NCI OP) trade is the old Radar Plotter trade.

 

4) The Sonar Tech 282 Trade became the Naval Electronic Tech (Acoustic) (NET(A)) 283 Trade

 

5) Naval Acoustic Operator and Oceanographic Operator occupations were combined in 1999 to form the Tactical Acoustic Sensor Operator. The trade name reverted to Sonar Operator in approximately 2005.

 

6) Research by Spud Roscoe, Radio (S), RCN -- By 1950 there was a CR, CS, CV, CC, rating all with the same badge with the exception of the letter in the circle. Shortly after that, the navy combined the CV and CR to CM and made them one and the same. The CM ratings did a watch in the radio room and then did a watch on the bridge as a Signalman. This only lasted a couple of years and it was just too much for one trade. They went back to CR and CV. CV was Communicator Visual, the Signalman. The CC disappeared sometime around 1953. Just before 1960 the trade name changed. CV became Signalman SG with crossed flags. CR became Radioman RM with the wings of mercury and knob. CS became Radioman Special RS with the wings of mercury and the DF Loops. These badges were changed in 1955 but the trade name did not change until later. The RS and Radioman (RM) branch badges were very similar. Both had the maple leaf with the wings of mercury. Where the wings of mercury joined, there was a solid knob on the RM badge and the loops of the MF/ DF antenna on the RS badge as shown above. The knob and loops were the same size and one had to look closely to see the difference.

 

 

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