Royal Canadian Navy Adopts More Inclusive Rank Designation
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Royal Canadian Navy Adopts More Inclusive Rank Designation

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The Royal Canadian Navy is another example of the Federal Governments need to make inclusivity a priority

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is continuing to work to create a more inclusive environment within the workplaces, whether that is at sea or at home. Following survey with over 18,000 respondents, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has chosen a new English rank designation for its junior ranks that will result in more gender-neutral terms than the current titles, which are not reflective of the modern, progressive Service that is the RCN today.

Royal Canadian Navy Adopts More Inclusive Rank Designation
Janet Watt served as a dental assistant with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service

The RCN’s junior ranks will soon be known as Sailor Third Class (formerly Ordinary Seaman), Sailor Second Class (formerly Able Seaman), Sailor First Class (formerly Leading Seaman), and Master Sailor (formerly Master Seaman).

These changes help retain the history of these roles and aligns the English rank designation with the existing ranks in French. These new rank designations will be effective upon the issuance of a CANFORGEN in early September. At that point, the junior ranks will begin referring to shipmates using the new rank designations.

Royal Canadian Navy Adopts More Inclusive Rank Designation

By ensuring that the RCN continues to be an accepting and inclusive organization, we can demonstrate to Canadians that we uphold the values they hold as the RCN continues to protect them, both at home and abroad. 

Cover photo is a portrait of Cdr Adelaide Sinclair received the Order of the British Empire for her leadership and efforts “in organizing the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service into a most efficient & well-disciplined unit.

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