The Communications and Electronics Branch
The Communications & Electronics Branch (C&E Branch) and a number of civilian & military affiliated organizations serve a similar objective; that of providing C&E personnel (serving, non-serving, and retired) a professional ‘identity’, professional development, and a social environment for the fostering of camaraderie and esprit de corps. While there is an overlap in their respective activities, each organization does fulfill a meaningful role in the eyes of their members.
The C&E Branch is one of many occupational Branches which were created in 1968 following the Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). One of the unfortunate results of the Unification Act was the removal of the long-standing military culture and ethos associated with the prior separate services. The various occupational Branches were established to enable members of the CAF in related occupations to identify with each other in cohesive professional groups based on similarity of military roles, customs, and traditions. These occupational branches evolved to meet the vocational and social needs of branch members, as well as their associates in related professions.
The C&E Branch will provide trusted competencies to lead the Canadian Armed Forces in the delivery of secure, robust, and adaptive network-enabled operations capabilities that permit commanders to execute command and control.
The Mission of the C&E Branch is to foster and sustain operationally focused, command-centric experts in communications, information systems, and information operations for the Canadian Armed Forces.
The C&E Branch is not an operational entity, but rather a professional body, which represents its members through the support of those who belong to it. It has over 7,500 members; it is therefore a large and diverse Branch, with responsibilities spread across the operational arms of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Branch has designated a Branch Leader, usually the most senior member from one of the two officer occupations.
Chief Military Personnel (CMP) has directed that the Branches will be represented by a Branch Advisor – as a secondary duty. The advisor is to be a focal point for Branch personnel and to provide advice to CMP regarding personnel and professional matters, which may affect the members of the Branch.
A Branch Chief has also been designated. The Branch Chief has a direct line to the Branch Advisor. Through his efforts, he/she ensures that Branch NCMs remain appraised of on-going changes to their responsibilities and trade structures.
To ensure that all Branch personnel and the interest of their commanders are adequately represented, the COUNCIL (BAC) was established, headed by the Branch Leader, and composed of the Branch Advisor, senior personnel from the varied employment environments, and the Branch Chief.
Similarly, to ensure that all Branch NCM personnel and their interests are properly represented, the NCM Advisory Committee, headed by the Branch Chief, was established.
The need for professional identity and social association amongst serving, non-serving and retired C&E personnel is also provided by organisations such as: the Signallers Club of Canada; the Canadian Association of Forces Linemen; and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). See the Affiliates Tab for a more comprehensive list of Affiliated Organizations.
Each of these organizations offers a unique sense of identity and camaraderie – a special interest group to cater to the unique needs of their membership body. Each organization can contribute individually or collectively to the mission of the C&E Branch – not as a competitor but as a representative body, which can speak in an authoritative and influential manner.