Canadian Army Units Receiving the Battle Honour "Afghanistan"

At this time, theatre honours have been defined and allocated … Unit honours for specific campaigns, battles, or enagements will also be defined and allocated in due course.

From the Canadian Forces General Order (CANFORGEN) 077/14 South-West Asia - Theatre Honours

The following text is extracted from the Government of Canada backgrounder on South-West Asia Theatre Honours.

Process for the Creation of Theatre Honours

The process for the creation of Theatre Honours is the same for all types of Battle Honours. Following the end of a conflict, the Canadian Armed Forces begins the process of determining battle nomenclature (theatres, campaigns, battles, etc.) in order to create the specific Battle Honours for that conflict. Afterward, the eligibility criteria for awarding each of those honours is then determined. Each of these steps ultimately leads to approval by the Chief of the Defence Staff, who then forwards them to the Governor General, the final authority for the creation of Battle Honours and the eligibility criteria for each. The third step in the process is the allocation of the Battle Honours to individual Canadian Armed Forces units by the Chief of the Defence Staff.

ALLOCATION CRITERIA

"Arabian Sea" Theatre Honour

Units of the Royal Canadian Navy will be granted the Theatre Honour "Arabian Sea" if they deployed to Combined Task Force 50 or Combined Task Force 150 within the geographical boundaries of the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5 degrees south latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude.

Units of the Royal Canadian Air Force will be granted the Theatre Honour "Arabian Sea" if they deployed within the air spaces of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5 degrees south latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude.

"Afghanistan" Theatre Honour

Units of the Royal Canadian Navy will be granted the Theatre Honour "Afghanistan" if their cumulative contribution of personnel reached a minimum of 20 per cent of the strength of the originating unit in the geographical area of Afghanistan.

Units of the Canadian Army will be granted the Theatre Honour "Afghanistan" if their cumulative contribution of personnel reached a minimum level of 20 per cent of the effective strength of the originating unit in the geographical area of Afghanistan.

Units of the Royal Canadian Air Force will be granted the Theatre Honour "Afghanistan" if they deployed within the air space of Afghanistan.

Units of the Canadian Special Operations Forces will be granted the Theatre Honour "Afghanistan" if they deployed within the land space of Afghanistan and their cumulative contribution of personnel reached a minimum level of 20 per cent of the effective strength of the originating unit in the geographical area of Afghanistan.

UBIQUE Motto

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers and Joint Task Force 2 do not carry individual battle honours, but instead use the motto "UBIQUE," meaning "everywhere."

Canadian Army Units Receiving the Battle Honour "Afghanistan"

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Notes

1.    As a regimental-level award, the theatre honour "Afghanistan" is awarded to the regiment and shared by its Regular and Reserve Force regiments.

2.    As a regimental-level award, the theatre honour "Afghanistan" is awarded to the regiment and shared by all of its Regular and Reserve Force battalions.

3.    As a regimental-level award, the theatre honour "Afghanistan" is awarded to the regiment and shared by all of its Regular and Reserve Force battalions.

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