Badges and Insignia Badges and Insignia Overview 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 clasp. 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 www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Corps Identity Officer’s Cap Badge, Cap Badge, Collar Badge, Cloth Shoulder Badge, and Metal Shoulder Badge.