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The Royal Canadian Regiment is the senior Regular Force infantry regiment in the Canadian Army. Formed in 1883, the Regiment is well into its stride of serving Canada with its characteristic mix of courage, chivalry and dash. In the simplest terms, the purpose of The Royal Canadian Regiment is to fight. That is, to fight in defence of Canada and Canada’s vital interests. It fulfils this purpose in time of war and whenever it conducts combat operations.

The role of the Regiment, as a component of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps within the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces, is to train and maintain in readiness military forces for service as directed by the Government of Canada. This service can range across the spectrum of conflict, from support to the civil authorities in peacetime to high-intensity combat operations in time of war. In every instance, the Regiment is ready and able to do what is asked of it. In the pursuit of its role, the Regiment has for many decades identified the following six goals or interests:

  • To provide loyal, effective and efficient units to the Canadian Army Order of Battle;

  • To inculcate and foster in all members of The RCR a high standard of military professionalism firmly anchored on the Canadian Army’s ethos of Duty, Integrity, Discipline and Honour;

  • To champion the regimental system by instilling cohesion, regimental pride and fighting spirit in soldiers, exercised within a strong regimental architecture that includes serving and retired members, The RCR Association, the families of regimental members and an appreciation of the regiment’s history and achievements;

  • To promote The RCR’s identity and cardinal principles while preserving and perpetuating the Regiment’s history and its relevant customs and traditions;

  • To foster the creation of excellent regimental leaders at all rank levels through professional development and career enhancement opportunities; and,

  • To ensure a strong connection to Canadian society by maintaining a high and positive public profile of the Regiment.

The Regimental Family includes all those who serve or have served in the regiment, their immediate families, the RCR Association, members of allied regiments, affiliated Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, and members of other regiments, corps or branches who serve or have served on the posted strength of any element or unit of the Regiment.

This website is owned and operated by The RCR Association, a private, third-party to the Department of National Defence. The content and links appearing on this website are the responsibility of The RCR Association and do not reflect the views or policies of the Government of Canada. Open-source information regarding the serving components of The Royal Canadian Regiment is provided courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces. The official emblems of the regiment are used with the permission of Regimental Headquarters, The RCR.

Ce site internet est la propriété de l’Association du RCR qui en assure le fonctionnement; c’est un troisième parti du Département de la Défense Nationale et est privé. Le contenu et les liens qui figurent sur ce site sont sous la responsabilité de l’Association du RCR et ne reflètent pas nécessairement les politiques et les vues du gouvernement du Canada. Ces sources de renseignements concernant les membres des services actuels des Royal Canadian Régiment nous sont gracieusement fournies par les Forces Armées Canadiennes. Les emblèmes officiels du régiment sont utilisés avec la permission du quartier général du Régiment, le RCR.