Non-commissioned member

Non-Commissioned Member

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A non-commissioned member (NCM), in the Canadian Forces, is defined in the Queen's Regulations and Orders as:

<blockquote>"… any person, other than an officer, who is enrolled in, or who pursuant to law is attached or seconded otherwise than as an officer to, the Canadian Forces…" </blockquote>

Thus, an NCM is any member who is not a commissioned officer. Officer Cadets, while not commissioned members, are classified as officers.

<blockquote>""officer" means...<br><br>(b) a person who holds the rank of officer cadet in the Canadian Forces..."</blockquote>

The equivalent term in French is "militaire du rang".

Non-commissioned members comprise the following groups of ranks:

Non-commissioned officers are further subdivided into "junior non-commissioned officers" (Jr NCOs), consisting of the ranks of MCpl/MS and Cpl/LS, and "senior non-commissioned officers" (Sr NCOs), consisting of Sgt/PO2.

The ranks of MCpl/MS and below are also collectively known as "junior ranks" (JRs). There is no equivalent simple collective term for Sgt/PO2 and above; they are generally known by the terms "Warrant Officers and Sergeants" (Army and Air Force) and "Chiefs and Petty Officers" or "Chiefs and POs" (Navy); the term "Senior NCM" is often erroneously used, and currently has no official sanction, although its use (and other unofficial terms like...
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