Uniform Information

Information on this page is mostly extracted from appropriate sections of A-DH-265-000 - CF Dress Instructions.

Army Intelligence Branch Buttons

The question of which buttons Army Intelligence personnel need and for which uniform is one that we hear frequently. The following chart indicates which buttons are required for each item of Army DEUs and Mess Kit for members of the Intelligence Branch.

Uniform Small Buttons Medium Buttons Large Buttons
Army DEU 4 (2 Shoulder Straps, 2 Front Pockets) 4 (Front Closure)
Mess Kit Jacket, Scarlet (Men's) 2 (Shoulder Straps)
Mess Kit Waistcoat (Men's) (Officers Only) 4
Mess Kit Jacket, Scarlet (Women's) 2 (Shoulder Straps) 2 (Front Closure)
Mess Kit Waistcoat (Women's) (Officers Only) 4
Mess Kit Jacket, White (Men's) (Optional Item) 2 (Shoulder Straps) 2 (Front Closure)
Mess Kit Jacket, White (Women's) (Optional Item) 4 (2 Shoulder Straps, 2 Front Closure)

Army Intelligence Branch Mess Kit Pattern


Please click on the button below to open the Army Mess Kit Pattern.



Army Mess Kit - Authorized Intelligence Branch Differences

The following summarizes the authorized Intelligence Branch differences from the universal Army mess kit pattern:

  • - Midnight Green facings.
  • - Silver Officer's cuff embellishment (Note - Field Officer ranks only).
  • - Surgeon cuffs.
  • - Midnight Green waistcoat for officers.
  • - Midnight Green trousers/skirt.
  • - Scarlet Intelligence Branch cummerbund.
  • - Wellingtons.
  • - No gloves.
  • - Silver embroidered rank insignia and, for Senior Officers (Major and above), silver Russian Braid on shoulder boards for officers.

Army Mess Kit Rank Insignia

The following table provides an indication of the various devices required for Canadian Army Mess Kit. Note that Branch/Corps deviations from Standard Army devices may apply - Ensure that you order appropriate devices.

Note that quantities given are for a complete uniform set.

Rank Pips Crowns General Officer Devices
OCdt (Note White Tape is added behind rank device)
2
Second Lieutenant
2
Lieutenant
4
Captain
6
Major
2
Lieutenant-Colonel
2
2
Colonel
4
2
Brigadier-General
1 (set)
Major-General
2
1 (set)
Lieutenant-General
2
1 (set)
General
2
2
1 (set)

The following image provides an example of the new mess kit insignia for an Intelligence Branch Lieutenant Colonel. Note that the silver braid edging is authorized for senior officers (Major and above) only. This braid is the same as that used for sleeve trefoils ("crow's feet") also used for senior officer and should be available at any military tailor.

Many thanks to the Army G2, LCol Godefroy, for this image.

Please click on the button below to open tailoring instructions for the new Canadian Army Mess Kit Rank insignia.


RCAF and RCN Intelligence Branch Mess Kit

RCAF and RCN personnel shall wear the appropriate RCAF/RCN mess kit. The following authorized Intelligence Branch differences from universal Service mess kit patterns apply (IAW A-DH-265-000/AG-001 CF Dress Instructions dated 2011-06-01)

  • - RCAF/RCN Branch members may wear Branch shirt studs and cuff links.
  • - RCAF Branch members may wear either the RCAF tartan cummerbund or waistcoat or the scarlet Intelligence Branch cummerbund (Page 5B1-19. "Mess Kit Standard Air Force").
  • - RCNF Branch members may wear either the white RCN waistcoat or the scarlet Intelligence Branch cummerbund (Page 5B1-13. "Mess Kit Standard Navy").