The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Unit Identification

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HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI

Named by the enemy in battle 
   

Army Reserve

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Join Our Team

Please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be pleased to review your resume, and have you visit us for a tour of our unit.

Our Team Recruiter

Phone: 204-720-6825
Email: recruiter.camerons@forces.gc.ca or 38cbgrecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

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

When We Train

We train on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Weapons:

See a complete list of Vehicles and Weapons.

Who We Are

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment is a Primary Reserve one-battalion infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. Nicknamed the “Little Black Devils”, they are based at Minto Armouries in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 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.

The Regimental Band has been a vital part of the Regiment since its inception, providing musical support for countless events for the Regiment and other units across the country.

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 S.P. Moran
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Hayden

Honorary Colonel

  • Honorary Colonel E.J.E. Szathmáry

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

  • Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel A.I. El Tassi

Contact Us

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

Phone: 204-786-4300 ext 3350

News

Alex Decoteau in police uniform, 1911

From the Olympics to Passchendaele: Alexander Decoteau’s exceptional journey

Passchendaele, Belgium — On November 12, 2017, Canadians will participate in the Alex Decoteau Run, a 5K portion of the 16K Poppies’ Run taking place through the historic battlefield of Passchendaele in Belgium. This event is one of many held in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the battle.
November 7, 2017

Soldiers  right before taking part in the Edmonton YWCA’s 2017 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser

Swapping army boots for high heels for a worthy cause

Edmonton, Alberta — Over 400 men participated in Edmonton’s YWCA “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on September 20, 2017, teetering along a downtown block in high heels to raise awareness and funds for survivors of domestic violence.
October 24, 2017

Fort St. John, B.C

Military convoy celebrates Veterans, Alaska Highway

Dawson Creek, British Columbia — A collection of retired military vehicles has been given a new lease on life by a group of enthusiasts that has taken them on a journey of over 6,000 kilometres to salute veterans.
September 21, 2017

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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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