The Communications and Electronics Branch
The C&E Branch is one of many occupational Branches created in 1968 by the Unification Act. One of the unfortunate results of the Act was the removal of long-standing military traditions associated with the separate services. Various occupational branches were established to link related occupations from the Army, Air Force, and Navy into cohesive professional groups who shared similar functions. These personnel branches evolved to meet the vocational and social needs of its members. The C&E Branch merged the Canadian Army’s Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Telecommunications Wing, and the Royal Canadian Navy’s Signals Intelligence Division into a unified force tasked to enable Command & Control and Electronic Warfare capabilities for the CAF.
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.
Branch Appointments and Councils
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 senior-most member from one of the officer occupations.
Chief Military Personnel (CMP) has directed that the Branches will be represented by a Branch Advisor as a secondary duty. The Advisor serves as a focal point for Branch personnel and provides 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 enjoys a direct line to the Branch Leader and the Advisor. Through his efforts, The Branch Chief ensures that C&E NCMs remain appraised of on-going changes to their responsibilities and trade structures.
The Branch has a Senate, a Branch Advisory Council (BAC), and a NCM Advisory Council. The boards and committees oversee matters of history, heritage, custom, and tradition. Museum governance, major Branch events, and H&A are discussed. They have representation from retired members and affiliated organizations, and serve as conduits for Branch members to channel concerns and topics of interest to the senior-most Leadership.
The Branch has several organizations for serving, retired, and non-serving members as well. Examples include the Signallers’ Club of Canada, the Canadian Association of Forces Linemen, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Each of these organizations offers a unique sense of identity and camaraderie. These societies 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. Please see the Affiliates Tab for a more comprehensive list of Affiliated Organizations.