National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1


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4313 - Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces

This unit group consists of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks. They provide collective defence measures to protect Canadian waters, land, airspace and other interests. All ranks of non-commissioned officers and members in the air force, army, and navy are included in this unit group.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • able seaman - armed forces
    • chief warrant officer
    • master corporal
    • master seaman
    • ordinary seaman - armed forces
    • petty officer first class
    • private
    • sergeant

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces (See 0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Main duties

    Personnel in non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate armoured vehicles, artillery, hand-held weapons and other military combat equipment and defence systems
    • Conduct peacekeeping operations and enforce cease-fire agreements
    • Engage in non-combat operations for humanitarian efforts
    • Provide assistance in emergency situations, such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents
    • Participate in drills and other training in preparation for peacekeeping, combat and natural disaster relief duties
    • Perform administrative and guard duties.

    Personnel in this unit group are assigned to specific operations related to reconnaissance, peacekeeping, disaster relief and combat.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Three months of basic military training are provided.
    • Specialized training in the operation and maintenance of military equipment and systems is provided.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to commissioned officer occupations is possible with additional training and experience.
    • Military personnel are classified according to their military rank.
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