PARTS OF THE UNIFORM

Headdress

Wedge-  worn centered on the head, two finger widths above the eyebrows and tilted slightly right.

Toque- may be worn outside in cold weather, as directed by the Officer in Charge

Shirt

Short-sleeved Dress Shirt
Primary upper garment worn during training and parades. It shall be kept clean and wrinkle-free. The only crease is to be down the centre of each sleeve starting at the centre of each epaulet. Rank slip-ons shall be worn on the shirt epaulets. The shirt shall be tucked into the pants at all times.

In warmer weather (Spring, Summer), the dress shirt is worn with the top button unfastened. In colder weather (Autumn, Winter), the top button is fastened and worn with a necktie.

Elemental Shirt
The Elemental Shirt for Air Cadets is dark blue in colour. It is worn during sports activities, as well during summer training. It shall be wrinkle free at all times.

Jacket

Tunic
The tunic is the formal jacket of the cadet uniform. It is worn over the dress shirt (with necktie) on all formal occasions. It shall always be fully buttoned, with the exception of the top button, and shall be kept clean and wrinkle-free. The sleeves of the jacket shall have no creases. The cloth tunic belt shall be worn so the excess of the belt (not more than 8 cm) is on the left side of the buckle. The buckle shall be centered on the uniform. Nothing is to be carried in the tunic pockets, and all pocket flaps shall be buttoned at all times.

All-season Jacket (Parka)
The Parka may be worn year round when weather conditions dictate. The liner and the exterior jacket may be worn separately or as a set. Rank slip-ons and Elemental Badge shall be worn on the outside.

Trousers

The trousers shall be pressed so as to have creases down the centre of each leg in the front and the back. Creases in the front shall extend from the first belt loops to the bottom of the legs. Creases in the back shall extend from the back centre belt loop to the bottom of the legs. Creases shall not be sewn or glued. Do not carry bulky items in the pockets.

Boots
Black ankle boots should be cleaned and polished on a regular basis. The whole boot is to be polished, not just the toe. The areas of the boot where the sole meets the leather are to be cleaned and blackened with an old toothbrush and black polish. Boots are to be laced horizontally from side-to-side. When the boot laces are tied, the ends of the laces are to be tucked inside the boot.

Misc.

Wool Socks
Grey wool socks shall be worn with boots. If a cadet suffers from a recognized allergy to wool, the cadet may wear grey cotton or nylon socks with approval from the Supply Officer.

 

Black Belt with Silver Buckle
The black belt with silver buckle shall always be worn with the cadet trousers. The buckle is to be centered with the brass end meeting the brass buckle with no black showing between the two. The belt length will need to be adjusted in order for this to occur.

 

Necktie
The black necktie shall be worn with the dress shirt under the tunic on formal occasions. It shall be knotted neatly using a Windsor knot and kept tight. When tied, it will extend to the middle of the pants belt buckle.

 

Rank Slip-ons
Rank slip-ons shall be worn on the epaulettes of both shoulders on the short sleeve dress shirt and the all-season jacket, but not the tunic.

 

Black Gloves
Issued black gloves or plain black civilian gloves may be worn with the all-season jacket in cold weather.

 

Nametag
Your first nametag will be provided to you by the squadron free of charge. For all subsequent nametags, cadets will need order and pay the nametags through the squadron. It is worn centered over the right breast pocket of the short sleeve dress shirt and tunic.

 

Pins
Only authorized pins may be worn on the tunic and dress shirt.

 

Poppy
The Remembrance Day poppy shall be worn on the uniform on Remembrance Day (November 11th) and for a total of two weeks prior to Remembrance Day beginning the last Friday of October. The poppy is worn centered on the left pocket flap of the tunic.

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