Trade Badges

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Trade badges were worn on the right arm by ratings and on the lapels of the collar by Chief and Petty Officers. Prior to around 1948, the RCN used the RN system of a symbol combined with a star above or below and a crown to indicate the level within the trade, what would later be called Trade Group.

Around 1950, a new system of trade badges that did away with starts and crowns but all included a maple leaf above the symbol were introduced. There were many changes over time as trade groups were eliminated or amalgamated and new ones were introduced.