8 July 2013. Ottawa. The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) commends the Federal Government for its intent to restore the Canadian Army rank insignia, names and badges to their traditional forms.

We are very pleased that the changes include the re-introduction of divisional nomenclature and patches for the current Land Force Areas; traditional rank insignia for officers; and corps shoulder titles from the restoration of Royal titles to a number of Canadian Army corps in August 2011. We also applaud the Minister’s intention to restore the historical Army rank names for non-commissioned members.

The CDA welcomes this gesture and celebrates alongside past and present members of the three services. The CDA trusts, however, that this act will be accompanied by continued efforts to improve the capabilities of Canada’s Army in the coming years.

Following the sacrifices made and the casualties Canada’s Army has taken in many parts of the world, including Afghanistan and Haiti, in recent years, Canada must continually maintain essential military capabilities when the government places our servicemen and women in harm’s way.

Please direct any enquiries to Captain (Ret’d) Peter Forsberg, Public Affairs Officer; or to Colonel (Ret’d) Alain Pellerin, Executive Director; at 613-236-1252 or email director@cda-cdai.ca. Thank you.