4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces

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Lead statement

This unit group consists of Canadian Forces personnel who are non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks. They provide collective defence measures to protect Canadian waters, land, airspace and other interests. All ranks of non-commissioned officers and members in the air force, army, and navy are included in this unit group.

Example Titles

  • able seaman – armed forces
  • chief warrant officer
  • master corporal
  • master seaman
  • ordinary seaman – armed forces
  • petty officer first class
  • private
  • sergeant

Main duties

  • Personnel in non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Operate armoured vehicles, artillery, hand-held weapons and other military combat equipment and defence systems
    • Conduct peacekeeping operations and enforce cease-fire agreements
    • Engage in non-combat operations for humanitarian efforts
    • Provide assistance in emergency situations, such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents
    • Participate in drills and other training in preparation for peacekeeping, combat and natural disaster relief duties
    • Perform administrative and guard duties.
    • Personnel in this unit group are assigned to specific operations related to reconnaissance, peacekeeping, disaster relief and combat.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Three months of basic military training are provided.
  • Specialized training in the operation and maintenance of military equipment and systems is provided.

Additional information

  • Progression to commissioned officer occupations is possible with additional training and experience.


  • Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces (04330433)