Glossary of Terms

Like everywhere else, the Corps has its own acronyms and vocabulary. Here are a few:

AED
Automated external defibrillator
CAF
Canadian Armed Forces
CATO
Cadet Administration and Training Orders
CADPAT
Canadian Disruptive Pattern
CD
The Canadian Forces’ Decoration or “CD” Decoration is awarded to officers and Non-Commissioned Members of the Canadian Forces who have completed twelve years of service. The decoration is awarded to all ranks, who have a good record of conduct.
CER
Combat Engineer Regiment
CI
Civilian Instructor
CIC
Cadet Instructors Cadre Officer
Chimo
The CME/RCE greeting or toast is “chimo” (/ˈtʃiːmoʊ/ CHEE-moh). This expression is also often used as a closing on correspondence between engineers. The word chimo is derived from the Inuktitut greeting: saimo (saimu) that means “hello,” “goodbye,” “peace be with you,” and similar sentiments. This salutation was used in the Ungava region of northern Quebec and shares the same derivation as Fort Chimo (today Kuujjuaq) on Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. The current spelling and pronunciation is based on a Caucasian adaptation of the native language. On April 1, 1946, the Canadian Army assumed responsibility for the portions of the Alaska Highway that lay with Canadian boundaries. This section of the Highway was renamed the “Northwest Highway System” and the responsibility for maintenance was given to the Royal Canadian Engineers for the next twenty years. The soldiers of the CME/RCE adopted the greeting of “Chimo” and in 1973 it became the cheer of the CME
CME
Canadian Military Engineers
CO
Commanding Officer
Combats
Field Training Uniform
CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CV
Civilian Volunteer
EC
Expedition Centre
EOA
Eastern Ontario Area
EX
Exercise
FTU
Field Training Uniform or Combats
FTX
Field Training Exercise
Full Dress Uniform
Dress is Cadet issued shirt, pants, beret, tie, tunic and Parade boots.
IG
Instructional Guides
JCR
Junior Canadian Rangers
Hoochie tent
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words
Hoochie Tent
Mess Dress Uniform
Full Dress uniform with medals
MOD tent
Modular (expandable tent)
MRE
Meal Ready to Eat
PT
Physical Training.
QSP
Qualification Standard and Plan
RCE
Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers
RTU
Return to Unit
Short Order
Dress is Cadet issued shirt, pants, beret, and Parade boots. No tie nor tunic.