Thursday, November 28, 2013

More name changes to the Canadian Forces

From 1968 top XXX We had a unified Canadian forces where everyone wore the same uniform.   The uniforms "demerged" in the 90s.  We saw the return of the RCAF and the RCN in August 2011.  Now we have changes in names to in the Army as well.

We now have the official return the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in July, it was formally the Armour Branch from 1968 to 2013.

The Canadian Army is now made up of five divisions, something that has not happened since World War 2. .  It is an interesting change for Canada to make.   Divisions of the Canadian military existed during World War 1 and World War 2 but not otherwise.  A division is normally a military unit with 10,000 to 20,000, which would mean the divisions of the Canadian army are at the 10,000 end of the spectrum.

The name changes all connect the Canadian Armed Forces more closely with the history of the military of this country.   It also makes many of the names much more traditionally military.   The RCAF was known as Air Command before the change in 2011.   The 3rd Canadian Division was known as Land Force Western Area till July of this year.

To me the changes in the Canadian Armed Forces make it sound more like a military and less like a part of the civil service.

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