The Communications and Electronics (C&E) Branch is a personnel branch of the Canadian Forces (CF).
Major Wallace Bruce Matthews Carruthers
(13 February 1863
- 21 October 1910
) was the founder of the Canadian Signalling Corps, forerunner of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
and the Communications and Electronics Branch of the Canadian Forces
- Cap badge: A silver depiction of Mercury with golden lightning bolts on either side placed on a field of blue.
- Army shoulder title:
- English: "SIGNALS" (all uniforms)
- French: "TRANS" (Service Dress tunic), "TRANSMISSIONS" (all other uniforms)
- The Signalman's trade qualification badge (worn on the lower sleeve of the Service Dress jacket) is the only such trade badge that features colours (blue and white) instead of just gold
Customs and traditions
- Colonel-in-Chief: Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal
- Branch flag: Horizontal bicolour, French grey (Munsell Notation 5PB5/2) over dark blue (Munsell Notation 7.5PB2/2). It is commonly believed that the colours of the flag represent "grey skies over blue waters"; however, the colours were inherited from the officer's Mess Dress uniforms of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), which were in turn inherited from the 21st Lancers, the first unit of Major Carruthers, founder of the RCCS
- Home Station: CFB Kingston, Ontario
- Motto: Velox Versutus Vigilans (Latin, "Swift, Skilled, Alert"); motto inherited from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
- "Jimmies" – after "Jimmy", the nickname given to the Roman god Mercury as patron (and insignia) of Signals in Commonwealth countries; the origin of this particular sobriquet for the god is unknown; there are a number of theories as to why 'Jimmy' was adopted as a term of endearment for the emblem. The most widely accepted in that it came from a very popular Royal Signals boxer, called Jimmy Emblem, who was the British Army Champion in 1924 and represented the Royal Signals Corps from 1921 to 1924.
- "Sigs" – after the abbreviation of "Signals"
- "Sig Pigs" – rhyming slang name; sometimes used deprecatingly by non-Signalmen, generally with pride by Signalmen
- "Rubberheads" - Nickname applied only to Communicator Research personnel; considered pejorative or insulting when used by non-Communicator Research personnel; this references the large padded earphones that were often used by the trade.
- Authorized march: "The Mercury March"
- Branch colours: French grey and dark blue
- Signals units follow the Cavalry practice of naming their units "Regiment" for "Battalion", "Squadron" for "Company", and "Troop" for "Platoon".
- Trained Privates in Signals or Communications units are styled "Signalman" or "Sig".
Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics
The Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE)in Kingston, Ontario
was founded in 1937. Initially, CFSCE provided training in Communications and Electronics in Canadian Army and now in the Canadian Forces
. CFSCE provides basic, intermediate and advanced training to military personnel in the field of Communications and Electronics.
Military occupations and military occupation codes (MOCs) within the Branch are listed below. Also listed are the uniform environment restrictions.
|| Uniform |
|| Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air)
|| CELE (AIR)
|| Air |
|| Land |
|| Land |
|| Signal Operator
|| SIG OP
|| Land |
|| Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician
|| ATIS TECH
|| Air |
|| Land Communication and Information Systems Technician
|| LCIS TECH
|| Land |
|| Communicator Research Operator
|| COMM RSCH
|| Sea, Land, Air |
Regular Force Units
Reserve Force Units
- 70 Communication Group Headquarters
- 700 (Borden) Communication Squadron
- 705 (Hamilton) Communication Squadron
- 709 (Toronto) Communication Regiment
- 763 (Ottawa) Communication Regiment
- 772 Electronic Warfare Squadron Kingston
- 71 Communication Group Headquarters
- 712 (Montreal) Communication Squadron
- 713 (Beauport) Communication Regiment
- 714 (Sherbrooke) Communication Squadron
- 72 Communication Group Headquarters
- 721 (Charlottetown) Communication Regiment
- 722 (Saint John) Communication Squadron
- 723 (Halifax) Communication Squadron
- 725 (Glace Bay) Communication Squadron
- 728 (St. John's) Communication Squadron
- 73 Communication Group Headquarters
- 734 (Regina) Communication Squadron
- 735 (Winnipeg) Communication Regiment
- 736 (Thunder Bay) Communication Squadron
- 737 (Saskatoon) Communication Squadron
- 745 (Edmonton) Communication Squadron
- 746 (Calgary) Communication Squadron
- 749 (Red Deer) Communication Squadron
- 74 Communication Group Headquarters
- 741 (Victoria) Communication Squadron
- 744 (Vancouver) Communication Regiment
- 748 (Nanaimo) Communication Squadron
Order of precedence