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                                    Badges and Insignia
                                                                    The adoption of a French motto,
Quick Facts           The badges and insignia that appear on the    "Maintiens le droit"(defending the law),
                      uniforms of RCMP regular members are          gave the badge a bilingual character
• The first           used to visually indicate different details   from the very beginning. The exact
                      about the member in uniform. As you read      origin of this motto, however, is not
  regimental badges
                      about the different badges and insignia of    known. At first, the word "Maintiens"
  appeared on RCMP    the RCMP online, be sure to click on their    was spelled without the "s." In 1953, the
  uniforms about      names to be instantly linked to the images.   badge was submitted to the College of
  1876.                                                             Arms in England to be redesigned
                      The RCMP Regimental Badge                     according to heraldic procedures. The
• The crown at the    The RCMP regimental badge is the              newly designed badge, authorized by
 top of the           general symbol used to identify the           Order-in-Council in 1954, continues to
 regimental badge     organization. The principal elements on       include the motto "Maintiens le droit."
 has changed to       the early badges can still be seen today; a
 represent that of    buffalo or bison head facing front-wise,      Commissioned Officers
                      the motto, maple leaves, a scroll             Commissioned officers are RCMP
 the reigning
                      containing the title of the RCMP, and a       regular members who have been
 monarch –            crown at the top of the badge over the        appointed their rank by the House of
 St. Edward's crown   name "Canada."                                Commons. The three badges of the
 was adopted for                                                    RCMP that indicate the commissioned
 Her Majesty Queen    The title North West Mounted Police has       ranks are: a crown, a star, and a crossed
 Elizabeth II.        changed twice since the organization’s        sword and baton. Depending on the
                      formation in 1873; in 1904, it became the     dress, badges are worn on the shoulder
• Badge - a           Royal Northwest Mounted Police, and in        as slip-ons, on shoulder boards, or
 decoration used to   1920, it became the Royal Canadian            directly on the epaulettes. The
 express a            Mounted Police.                               commissioned ranks of the RCMP are as
 member’s branch                                                    follows:
                      The precise circumstances under which the
 or the years of      bison head was chosen are unknown, but        Commissioner;
 service.             the choice seems appropriate because of       Deputy Commissioner;
                      the close association of the RCMP with the    Assistant Commissioner;
• Insignia - an       prairie grasslands. It is in the Prairies     Chief Superintendent;
  emblem that         that early RCMP members depended on           Superintendent; and
  indicates a         the buffalo for food, fuel and clothing.      Inspector.
                                                                                               Badges and Insignia

                                              Badges and Insignia
Non-Commissioned Officers                                     Flying Badge
Non-commissioned officers are regular members who             Air Services.
have not been appointed to their position by the House of
Commons. Since 1990, the non-commissioned officers’           Sharpshooter
rank insignia has been embroidered on the epaulette slip-     Badge Cross Pistol Crown, Badge Cross Pistol, Badge
ons and continues to be based on British army patterns.       Cross Rifle Crown and Badge Cross Rifle.
Non-commissioned rank badges are worn on the right
sleeve of the scarlet/blue tunic and blue jacket. The non-    Service
commissioned ranks of the RCMP are as follows :               Service Badge (5 years), which is a star-shaped badge.
                                                              Long Service Ribbons (20, 25, 30, 35 years) are pins with
Corps Sergeant Major;                                         blue and gold ribbons, each different to indicate the
Sergeant Major;                                               number of years served. For example, 20 years service
Staff Sergeant Major;                                         consists of the pin and ribbon, 25 years includes one
Staff Sergeant;                                               bronze star, 30 years has two silver stars, and 35 years has
Sergeant; and                                                 three gold stars. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal,
Corporal.                                                     which is a round silver medal attached to a ribbon and
Constables do not wear any insignia to indicate their rank.
                                                              Specialist, Branch and Qualifying
                                                              Musical Ride Badge, Emergency Response Team, First
Other badges that can appear on the uniforms of RCMP          Aid Instructor, Rough Rider, Dog Handler, Instructor and
regular members include:                                      Piper.
Appointment Badges
Special Constable, Auxiliary, and Student.                    For more information, please visit
Corps Identity
Officer’s Cap Badge, Cap Badge, Collar Badge, Cloth
Shoulder Badge, and Metal Shoulder Badge.

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