Lieutenant-general (Canada)

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Canadian Air Force and Army lieutenant-generals shaking hands

In the Canadian Forces, the rank of lieutenant-general (LGen) (lieutenant-général or Lgén in French) is an Army or Air Force rank equal to a vice-admiral of the Navy. A lieutenant-general is a general officer, the equivalent of a Naval flag officer. A lieutenant-general is senior to a major general or rear-admiral, and junior to a general or admiral. Prior to 1968, Canadian Air Force officers held the equivalent rank of air marshal, which was abandoned with the unification of the Canadian Forces.

Insignia[edit]

The rank insignia for a lieutenant-general is three gold maple leaves, beneath crossed sword and baton, all surmounted by St. Edward's Crown, worn on the shoulder straps of the Service Dress tunic, and on slip-ons on other uniforms. The service dress tunic also features a wide strip of gold braid around the cuff. On the visor of the service cap are two rows of gold oak leaves.

Forms of address[edit]

Lieutenant-generals are addressed verbally as "general" and name, as are all general officer ranks; thereafter by subordinates as "sir" or "ma'am", as applicable. In French, subordinates thereafter use the expression "mon général". Lieutenant-generals are normally entitled to staff cars.

Appointments[edit]

A lieutenant-general generally holds only the most senior command or administrative appointments, barring only Chief of the Defence Staff, which is held by a full admiral or general. Appointments held by lieutenant-generals may include Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS); Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (DCDS); Commander of the Canadian Army and Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In November 2009, Prince Charles became an honorary lieutenant-general of the Canadian Forces Land and Air Command.

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