Communications and Electronics Branch

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Communications and Electronics Branch
C and E branch crest.png
The cap badge of the Communications and Electronics Branch.
Active 1968–present
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Forces personnel branch
Motto Latin: Velox, versutus, vigilans "Swift, Skilled, Alert"
Website www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-branches-comm-elec/index.page

The Communications and Electronics (C&E) Branch is a personnel branch of the Canadian Forces (CF). The army component of the branch is designated the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

History[edit]

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. In the 1968 unification of the Canadian Forces, functional similar components of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force were combined into the new Communications and Electronics Branch.

In April 2013, the army component of the branch was officially designated with its historic title, the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, but it remains a part of the C&E Branch.[1]

Uniform[edit]

  • Cap badge: A silver depiction of Mercury with golden lightning bolts on either side placed on a field of blue.[2]
  • Army shoulder title:
    • English: "SIGNALS" (all uniforms)
    • French: "TRANS" (Service Dress tunic), "TRANSMISSIONS" (all other uniforms)
  • Miscellaneous:
    • 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[edit]

Flag of the Communications and Electronics Branch
  • 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: Latin: Velox Versutus Vigilans, "Swift, Skilled, Alert"); motto inherited from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
  • Nickname:
    • "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 is 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
  • Miscellaneous:
    • 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".

Training[edit]

Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics[edit]

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. The last "E" was dropped in recent times,[when?] and is now called CFSCE. CFSCE provides basic, intermediate and advanced training to military personnel in the field of Communications and Electronics.[3]

Occupations[edit]

Military occupations and military occupation codes (MOCs) within the Branch are listed below. Also listed are the uniform environment restrictions.

MOSID MOC Occupation Abbrev Uniform
Officers
00340 083 Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) CELE (AIR) RCAF
00341 084 Signals SIGS CA
Non-commissioned members
00362-1 Army Communication & Information Systems Specialist ACISS CA
00362-2 Line System Technologist LST CA
00362-3 Communication System Technologist CST CA
00362-4 Information System Technologist IST CA
00362-5 Communication Information System Technology Manager CISTM CA
00109 226 Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician ATIS TECH RCAF
00120 291 Communicator Research Operator COMM RSCH RCN, CA, RCAF
Non-commissioned members (Prior to 1 October 2011)
00015 052 Lineman LMN CA
00329 215 Signal Operator SIG OP CA
00109 226 Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician ATIS TECH RCAF
00110 227 Land Communication and Information Systems Technician LCIS TECH CA
00120 291 Communicator Research Operator COMM RSCH RCN, CA, RCAF

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Units[edit]

Regular Force units[edit]

Reserve Force units (up to 31 March 2012)[edit]

  • 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
  • 72 Communication Group Headquarters
  • 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

Reserve Force units (from 1 April 2012)[edit]

Listed by Canadian Army Area and parent Brigade Group

  • 4th Canadian Division
    • 31 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 31 Signal Regiment (formerly 705 (Hamilton) Communication Squadron)
    • 32 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 32 Signal Regiment (formerly 700 (Borden) Communication Squadron and 709 (Toronto) Communication Regiment)
    • 33 Canadian Brigade Group
  • 2nd Canadian Division
    • 34 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 34 Signal Regiment (formerly 712 (Montreal) Communication Squadron)
    • 35 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 35 Signal Regiment (formerly 713 (Beauport) Communication Regiment, and 714 (Sherbrooke) Communication Squadron)
  • 5th Canadian Division
    • 36 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 36 Signal Regiment (formerly 721 (Charlottetown) Communication Regiment, 723 (Halifax) Communication Squadron, and 725 (Glace Bay) Communication Squadron)
    • 37 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 37 Signal Regiment (formerly 722 (Saint John) Communication Squadron, and 728 (St. John's) Communication Squadron)
  • 3rd Canadian Division
    • 38 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 38 Signal Regiment (formerly 734 (Regina) Communication Squadron, 735 (Winnipeg) Communication Regiment, 736 (Thunder Bay) Communication Squadron,and 737 (Saskatoon) Communication Squadron)
    • 39 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 39 Signal Regiment (formerly 741 (Victoria) Communication Squadron, now 2 Squadron; 744 (Vancouver) Communication Regiment, now 1 Squadron; and 748 (Nanaimo) Communication Squadron, now 3 Squadron)
    • 41 Canadian Brigade Group
      • 41 Signal Regiment (formerly 745 (Edmonton) Communication Squadron, 746 (Calgary) Communication Squadron, and 749 (Red Deer) Communication Squadron)

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Canadian Military Engineers
Communications and Electronics Branch Succeeded by
Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

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