The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Unit Identification

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HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI

Named by the enemy in battle 
   

Location

Minto Armoury
969 St. Matthews Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 0J7

The Minto Armoury

Minto Armoury

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sgt S.A. McManus
Phone: 204-786-4345
Email: 38cbgrecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
Find a recruiting centre near you.

When We Train

September to June:

  • Thursday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Weapons:

See a list of Canadian Army weapons and vehicles.

Mission Task

A number of Army Reserve units have been assigned specific Mission Tasks. Members within these units are trained in these specific capabilities and ready to be fully integrated, as a formed entity, into the Regular Force units that they reinforce.

The mission task for our unit is: Arctic Response Company Group – Our Reserve unit is trained in winter warfare operations, to provide the lead elements of an Army Reserve operational commitment to a domestic operation in the high Arctic.

Who We Are

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles are a Reserve Force Infantry unit located in Winnipeg, MB, part of 38 Canadian Brigade Group. As an Infantry Battalion the Royal Winnipeg Rifles are the heart of any combat force. With a storied history dating back to 1883, the Rifles have been a proud part of Canada’s military tradition, a tradition we carry on to this day.

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles are classified as Light Infantry. The men and women of the Rifles are trained to be proficient in a wide range of small arms weapon systems, specializing in dismounted offensive and defensive operations. In addition to these skills members of the Rifles receive training and leadership, teamwork, planning and coordination. The role of the Infantry is never an easy one – operating in all weather conditions and terrains the soldier of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles always achieve their goals. Whether helping Canadians at home fight against floods fires and blizzards, or helping Canada achieve its goals abroad, the work of a soldier is never done.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

Here are all the details:

Command Team

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Dennis G. Desrochers
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer C.J. Hayden

Contact Us

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Minto Armoury
969 St. Matthews Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 0J7

Phone: 204-786-4300, Ext. 3350

News

Relatives of the late Major Vern Taskey joined members of Edmonton’s 1 Service Battalion

1 Service Battalion salutes Army aviators

Edmonton, Alberta — A historic uniform on display at the headquarters of a Canadian Army logistics unit is a reminder of a time now past, when Army members could earn wings.
April 17, 2020

Chuck LaRocque and Gunner Kyle Timm

Ninety seconds, $50,000: Artillery Museum wins medals at auction

Shilo, Manitoba —It wasn’t Christmas, but Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Museum director, Andrew Oakden, received a special gift: medals once worn by legendary artillery officer Major-General Tom Strange.
February 21, 2020

Lighting of the Qulliq

A Hometown Hero’s welcome in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario —Inuk Elder, Qapik Attagutsiak, was recognized as a Parks Canada Hometown Hero at the Canadian Museum of History.  The Elder was commemorated for collecting bones in the Canadian Arctic during the Second World War.  The bones were then sent to southern Canada to make ammunition, fertilizer and aircraft glue to support Canada’s war efforts. 
February 4, 2020

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Our History

In the post-WW II period, the unit provided volunteers for the 27th Infantry Brigade in Germany, as well as for various peacekeeping operations. The unit celebrated it’s 125th anniversary in 2008 with a parade down Main Street to the Winnipeg City Hall and a formal dinner at Minto Armouries. Three members of the unit won the Victoria Cross, all during the First World War: Colour-Sergeant Frederick Hall, Sergeant Alex Brereton, and Sergeant Frederick Coppins. Some famous Canadians have served in the ranks of the regiment, including Hugh John MacDonald, (son of the first Prime Minister of Canada); Cliff Chadderton, the founder of the War Amps of Canada; and Senator Gildas Molgat, Speaker of the Senate from 1994 to 2001. The unit has a total of 47 battle honours and is the 28th infantry regiment in the order of precedence of reserve units. The Regimental quick march is “Pork, Beans, and Hardtack”, and the Regimental double march is “Old Solomon Levi”. The Regiment still maintains such Rifle traditions as referring to “swords” instead of “bayonets”, marching at 140 paces per minute, and maintains other variations in drill and dress that are unique to Rifle regiments. Additionally, the unit does not have Regimental Colours; instead, the unit’s Battle Honours are emblazoned on the Cap Badge and on the Drums. When the corps of drums is on parade, it is escorted and receives compliments in the same way as for the colours of a line regiment.

Beginning in the late 1980’s, many individual members of the Regiment participated in UN and NATO missions in Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. In 2006, five soldiers of the Regiment deployed to Afghanistan. Closer to home, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles have contributed to emergency aid to the civil power efforts, and have been tasked with a secondary role as one of four Arctic Response Company Groups, formed in 2009.

Please see the Directorate of History and Heritage website for more history: The Royal Winnipeg Rifles history.

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