The Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS) was formerly named the Canadian Forces Medical Service until it was renamed on October 9, 2013. The RCMS along with the Royal Canadian Dental Corps (RCDC) formerly the Canadian Forces Dental Services (CFDS) form the Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) Group. The CFHS Group provides medical support for the Canadian Forces (CF) both at home and abroad. CFHS Group personnel provide operational (deployed) and operational readiness (in-garrison) medical care to entitled personnel.
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RCMS personnel wear the same uniforms as other members of the CF with unique identifiers depending on which distinctive environmental uniform (DEU) they are assigned (Navy, Army, Air). Regardless of environment, all officers and non-commissioned members (NCMs) wear the same cap badge. The only difference between the cap badges is that the staff of Æsculapius on NCM badge comprises a gold serpent on a gold staff whereas on the officer badge comprises a silver serpent on a gold staff.
Naval medical officers wear scarlet distinction cloth between the braids of their rank, while other health care officer classifications (non-physicians) wear a dull cherry distinction cloth. NCMs wear a trade badge on their jackets.
All army health care officer classifications and non-commissioned members wear a “Medical” shoulder bar on the service dress jacket, and a tab bearing either the title “MEDICAL” or a unit identifier (e.g. “15 FD AMB”) on slip-ons for other uniforms. NCMs below the rank of warrant officer wear a trade badge on the sleeve of the service dress jacket. Those in Army uniform will soon revert to pips and crowns, with Cols/Gens also wearing gorget patches (dull cherry for MOs and the standard General Staff red for HSOs).
All air force medical branch officers and non-commissioned members wear a distinctive metal badge over their name tag on both their dress uniform jacket and short-sleeve order of dress.
The RCMS was presented the Princess Royal’s Banner on October 23, 2013 on the occasion of the RCMS Colonel-in-Chief, The princess Royal’s visit to the RCMS Home Station at Canadian Forces Base Border, Ontario. The new Banner replace the Queen Mother’s Banner presented to the CFMS by Her Majesty The Queen Mother in 1985.