Lieutenant (Canada)

Lieutenant is a rank of the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force. The equivalent rank in the Royal Canadian Navy is sub-lieutenant. A naval lieutenant is one rank superior to the army rank of lieutenant and the naval rank of sub-lieutenant.

Lieutenants and sub-lieutenants are equivalent to ranks with a NATO code of OF-1.[1]

The rank insignia of a lieutenant in the Canadian Army is two pips. In the Royal Canadian Air Force, the insignia is one ​12-inch (13 mm) stripe with a ​14-inch (6.4 mm) stripe above it. The rank insignia of a sub-lieutenant is a ​14-inch (6.4 mm) stripe with one ​12-inch (13 mm) stripe with the executive curl above it. On CADPAT and flying uniforms, the insignia is white on army slip-ons and dark blue on air force slip-ons.

The British pronunciation of the French word "lieutenant" (as "lef-tenant") is the official pronunciation as used by the Canadian Armed Forces, but the American pronunciation of "loo-tenant" (which is closer to the original French pronunciation) is sometimes heard in outside of the military.

Canadian Army OF-1b
Lieutenant
(Canadian Army)
Canadian RCAF OF-1b
Lieutenant
(Royal Canadian Air Force)

References

  1. ^ Refer Ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers and Ranks and insignia of officers of NATO Navies and Ranks and insignia of officers in NATO air forces
Air force officer ranks

Many Air forces of use a rank system similar to Armies, however, the RAF and the air forces of many Commonwealth countries, or those formerly under a British influence, use a different set of ranks loosely based on naval equivalents; Lieutenant, Commander, Captain and Commodore are prefixed for air force use with Flight, Wing, Group and Air, respectively (the first three being the units that they used to command).

Comparative air force officer ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of air forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

Comparative army officer ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of armies/ land forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

Second lieutenant

Second lieutenant (called lieutenant governor in some countries) is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces, comparable to NATO OF-1a rank.

NATO rank code Student Officer OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6
*
OF-7
**
OF-8
***
OF-9
****
OF-10
*****
Royal Canadian Navy NCdt A/SLt SLt Lt(N) LCdr Cdr Capt(N) Cmdre RAdm VAdm Adm
Not used
Canadian Army OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used
Royal Canadian Air Force OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used

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