Canadian Armed Forces Trivia Quiz


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The Canadian Armed Forces mainly serve and protect Canada, but there is so much more to know about them. While they do many of the same things as the United States military, they are much different in other ways. Like America, the Canadian military has great pride in their country and makes it their mission to not only take care of those of us in Canada but to take care of others all around the world. Do you think you know all there is to know about the forces?

In Canada, the military is applauded and celebrated in many ways. From celebratory days to ways of honoring the personnel in uniform, there's nothing better than giving back to the people who work hard to keep us safe. Despite sharing this beautiful country with them, many don't know much about them. It's important to know the history, people and meanings of things behind the forces. If we don't have the knowledge ourselves, how could we share our gratitude for them to the rest of the world!

So, if you're an expert on everything about our Canadian Armed Forces, you'll have to prove it. Take the quiz to prove not just your pride in the forces, but also your knowledge!

Aug. 9 is an important day to the Canadian Armed Forces. What is it known as?

This is a national day that is meant to honor and remember a group of Canadian Peacekeepers who lost their lives on this very day in 1974. While working on board a plane, they were shot down by Syrian missiles.


So you know the Snowbirds, but what do the SkyHawks do?

The SkyHawks are performers who parachute as part of their shows. The talented group has won medals and can be found all around the country doing their performances from high above!


Can you name the branch of the Canadian military which created the CADPAT pattern?

Forces around the world have the Canadian Army to thank for their camouflage patterns! The Army started researching ways to create a pattern that effectively camouflaged their members, which is what turned into the CADPAT design that we see today.


In the roundels of the Royal Canadian Air Force, what is found in the center?

A maple leaf is front and center on the Air Force roundels. Dawning the signature blue and red colors, it's important that this roundel is very similar to that of the Royal Air Force. Sometimes, the two forces even shared them!


The northernmost army base in Canada is located in what province or territory?

CFS Alert is located in Nunavut and its location is prime for listening to Soviet communications. In fact, spending time at Alert doesn't always have to be business. There's a rink where you can unwind and play hockey on if you want to!


"Camp X" was a camp used by the Canadian military in World War II for what purpose?

Camp X was a secret camp used for training secret agents in World War II. It sounds like a camp straight out of a spy movie and in some ways, it's said to have inspired one! James Bond was created by Ian Fleming, who was said to have spent some time at this camp.


What type of animal serves as a mascot for the Royal Canadian Navy?

The Royal Canadian Navy was free of a mascot until adopting one in 2010. Named SONAR, the mascot is a Newfoundland dog who was chosen for the embodiment of the Navy's values. It doesn't get much more loyal than enlisting a dog as a mascot!


Of the following, which is not part of the badge used by the Royal Canadian Navy?

There's no lion on the badge, but all of the other elements are part of it. Throughout the years, the badge has gone through some changes, but most of the icons within it have stayed the same. Now, the badge is a dark blue color surrounding the anchor.


It's no April Fools joke, but which branch of the Canadian Armed Forces was founded on April 1?

While collectively, the Canadian Armed Forces weren't amalgamated into one force until the '60s, the Air Force was formed in the '20s. This also makes it the youngest of all of the branches. In contrast, the oldest branch is the Canadian Army.


Chris Hadfield was part of which military branch?

Chris Hadfield has spent his fair share of time in the air! Starting his career with the Air Force and spending many years with the branch, he then moved on to become an astronaut. It's safe to say that he loves to look at the Earth from high in the skies.


Who of the following can be part of the Supplementary Reserve?

Any retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces can become a member of the Supplementary Reserve. This means that they are happy to step in and help in times of need, or when not enough members are available to get the job done that day.


The mascot of the Canadian Army is a bear, but do you know what his name is?

The name Juno has a lot of importance to the Canadian Army. It was one of the beaches for the D-Day landing, a battle that took place in World War II and resulted in a victory for Canada and the Allied forces. Now, the courageous polar bear wears the name proudly in honor of the troops who fought there.


Do you know the name of the squad that puts on shows in the air across the country?

The talented Snowbirds fly over our beautiful country of Canada on a few special occasions. One time that Canadians don't want to miss is on Canada Day when the squad does a fly-over of Parliament Hill. If you're in the area to see them live, you're in for a treat!


What name is used for young teenagers who enroll in programs that allow them to train for the Army?

Cadets is meant specifically for teens who want to get their first taste of Army life and training. It can help the teens get an idea of if they want to go into the Army upon entering adulthood or if they want to choose another path.


Which of the following was a conflict that the Canadian Army did not take part in?

The Canadian Army was not in existence in the 1700s and did not take part in the Seven Years' War. That doesn't mean that the Army hasn't taken part of their fair share of battles. The troops took part in battles in Afghanistan in recent years.


How many red maple leaves are on the newest version of the Canadian Army badge?

While the badge bears many maple leaves, only three of them are red and they're found in the middle. The rest are gold and surround the bottom of the badge. It's hard to mistake the badge as anything other than Canadian!


The 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Army operates within which province?

There are a few different divisions of the Army which are split up to divide the different provinces. While the 2nd division handles Quebec, others handle multiple provinces. For example, the 3rd Division deals with four provinces from central to Western Canada.


If the Commander in Chief wears a uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces that is specifically dressed for the Navy, what color of insignia must also be worn?

In this case, the Commander in Chief would wear the black insignia for the Royal Canadian Navy. If they were to wear it for the Air Force, it would be in blue, while green would indicate the Army.


The job Ammunition Technician is exclusive to which branch of the Canadian Armed Forces?

The ammunition technician works for the Canadian Army and deals with all things ammo. Not only do they handle it, but they are also there to advise and help the soldiers within the force.


Billy Bishop operated what vehicle during his time with the Canadian Armed Forces?

Billy Bishop was one of the most famous Canadians to operate a plane for the forces. He was also highly decorated and a Victoria Cross recipient. With his success came great reward.


What is the name used for the uniform that is worn when personnel are on duty?

The Service Dress is worn when personnel are on the job. However, the uniform can change depending on what the requirements are. They go by letter and number in order to identify which articles should be worn and what you can do while wearing them.


Females were entirely accepted into any position in the military in what year?

The new millennium brought more acceptance into the Canadian Military, where women were finally able to join any position. While most roles were available to women in the '80s, there were roles aboard submarines that excluded them until this time.


Known as the Royal Canadian Navy today, what was the branch once called when it first started?

Today known as the Royal Canadian Navy, it was once called the Naval Service of Canada. In fact, even after this name, it had another which was the "Maritime Command." You could say that the new name that we use for it today matches a little better with the names of the other branches.


Who serves as the Commander in Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces?

While the Queen would normally be considered Commander in Chief, Canada has a Governor General who acts on her behalf. This means that rather than the Queen approving and working with the Canadian Armed Forces directly, the Governor General does this instead.


Recruits complete their training at the Royal Military College, but which branch does the college teach?

Every single recruit to any of the branches will attend the Royal Military College in Canada. So, if you're planning to join the forces, get ready to pack your bags and head off to Kingston, Ontario for your training.


If you were going to visit the headquarters of the Canadian Armed Forces, which city would you be going to?

The headquarters of the Canadian Armed Forces is located in Ottawa, Ontario. Many staff work out of this headquarters, which includes the Minister of National Defense. Without this headquarters, things would not run as smoothly in the forces.


Is it true or false that Canada has a base station outside the country?

The only place that the Canadian Forces have bases is in Canada. The bases are located all around the country and the majority belong to the army and air force. Only three bases belong to the Navy.


Which abbreviation is one that is used in the Royal Canadian Navy?

The Navy uses MARPAC to talk about the fleets assigned to the Pacific Ocean. The other abbreviation, known as MARLANT, refers to the fleets stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.


The Reserve Badge was given to who during World War II?

The Reserve Badge was a badge given to those who wanted to enlist but were not healthy enough to do so. It told others that they had taken the initiative to help their country, but they were not medically fit enough to do so.


"We stand on guard for thee" is of course a famous line from "O Canada," but which branch also adopted it as their motto?

Taking a note from our famous national anthem, the Canadian Army uses one line as their motto. It works well, as it describes exactly what they do for Canada and its people as a whole.


While they mostly stay back home, which part of the forces would you find helping out citizens in remote areas of the country?

Living in Canada means that there are many very isolated and remote areas in the country. Sometimes, the resources needed in certain situations aren't regularly available in these areas. That's where the Canadian Rangers, part of the army, come in! Made up of a wide ethnic variety, these rangers are a military presence in the most remote parts of Canada.


The Canadian Armed Forces have a flag. Aside from the Canadian flag, what else is pictured on it?

The CAF badge is used on the flag that represents the military as a whole. Each branch of the military has its own flag in addition to the main one which most commonly uses the insignias that represent the branch.


Regular force members of the military are which of the following?

In order to be part of the military's Regular Reserve, you must be a full-time member. The meaning can differ between each of the different branches, but as a general rule, these are the members who spend a large part of their time with their branch with minimal flexibility.


Of the following, which is not an official branch of the Canadian military?

The Canadian Coast Guard is not considered to be a branch of the military in Canada. Instead, responsibilities that the U.S. Coast Guard has are not something that Canadian Coast Guards are required to do.


What is the purpose of the Armed Forces Council?

The Chief of the Defense Staff makes many important decisions regarding the Canadian Armed Forces and the branches. Some decisions can be hard to make alone, so the Armed Forces Council helps with this.


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