Every regiment prides itself on being unique in ways that differentiates itself for other regiments. The following, from the 1966 Regimental Standing Orders of The Canadian Guards provides some of that regiment's definitions as applicable to service and daily life in that regiment.
The Canadian Guards
Regimental Standing Orders — 1966
Chapter 3 — Customs
3.3 — Definitions
3.30 Applicable to Persons.
- The Colonel: Colonel of the Regiment.
- The Lieutenant-Colonel: Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment.
- The Commanding Officer: Officer commanding a battalion or Regimental Depot.
- Senior Major: Second-in-Command of a battalion.
- Captain of the Guard: Officer commanding a Guard irrespective if his rank.
- Field Officers: Brigadiers, Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonels and Majors.
- Mounted Officers: The Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Officers, Senior Majors and Adjutants.
- Captain-in-Waiting: Captain of the week.
- Subalterns: Collective term for lieutenants and ensigns.
- Ensigns: Second lieutenants are referred to by their ancient title of "Ensign."
- Picquet Officer: Officer commanding the Inlying Picquet.
- Royal Family: Includes only those members of it who are styled "Royal Highness."
- Field Officer in (Brigade) Waiting: Field Officer detailed for attendance on Her Majesty or the Governor-General at specific functions.
- The Sergeant-Major: Warrant officer class I appointed Regimental Sergeant-Major of a battalion or the Regimental Depot. The title is extended to all ex-regimental sergeant-majors.
- Band Sergeant-Major: Warrant officer class I of the Regimental Band.
- The Band Master: Warrant officer class II of the Regimental Band.
- Drill Sergeant: Regimental warrant officer class II appointed Drill Instructor. The appointment is senior to Company Sergeant-Major.
- Colour Sergeant: Company Quartermaster-Sergeant and Regimental Staff Sergeants.
- Picquet Sergeant: Orderly sergeant and second-in-command of the Inlying Picquet.
- Picquet Corporal: Orderly corporal.
- In-Waiting: Regimental duty, normally for a period of one week.
- The Drums: Expression meaning the body of all non-commissioned officers, drummers, fifers and buglers composing the Drum and Fife band of a battalion. These individuals are referred to as "Drummers."
- Pipes and Drums: Expression meaning the body of all non-commissioned officers, pipers and drummers composing the Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion.
- Trained Soldier: Title given to a guardsman employed as Assistant Squad Instructor at the Regimental Depot. (He wears a special badge on his upper right sleeve.)
- Recruit: A soldier who has not completed his recruit training.
3.31 Applicable to Duties.
- Inlying Picquet: Small body of troops held in readiness in quarters. The Inlying Picquet includes the fire picquet, the security picquet, and police picquet employed in garrison town. It does not include the Quarter Guard. Individual guardsmen are known as "Picquet" not as "Sentry."
- Barrack Guard: Regimental appellation of a Quarter Guard. Daily guard for the security of the entrance and exits of a garrison, barracks or grounds.
- Visiting Rounds: Visit of a Guard by the Guard Commander or the Picquet Officer.
- Grand Rounds: Visits to the Guard by by the Captain-in-Waiting during his tour of duty.
- Sentry: Member of a Barrack Guard, doing duty.
- Details: Collective term for unit duties.
- Evening Parade: Evening detail parade.
- Staff Drill Parade: Special drill parade and inspection for employed personnel of the unit, e.g., clerks, batmen, regimental police, etc.
- Shine Parade: Special parade, not exceeding two hours for the sole purpose of cleaning and polishing personal kit. Normally held on week-days after supper.
- Orders: Summary trials or interviews conducted by Commanding Officer.
- Memoranda: Summary trials or interviews conducted by Company Commanders and Adjutants.
3.32 Miscellaneous Expressions.
- Credit: Special recognition for excellent turnout on parade, in quarters and for action or duty performed in an outstanding manner. Three credits are normally rewarded with a 24-hour pass at the discretion of the Commanding Officer.
- Forfeiture: Loss of a credit or deprived of permanent pass. Automatic forfeiture of pay. Loss of privilege of wearing civilian clothes.
- Placed in the Book: Placed on report or charged.
- Tunic: Used only to identify the jacket of the full dress.
- Jacket: Used when referring to all other uniforms or civilian clothes.
- Civilian Clothes: proper term to be used instead of "mufti."
3.33 to 3.39 – Not allocated.