All cadets are issued a uniform, which is government property. It is important to properly maintain this uniform, which includes proper badge/medal placement, keeping the uniform clean, and ensuring that the correct uniform is worn every day.
If you have not yet been issued a uniform, please wear black pants and a white long-sleeve shirt
- Wedge – This is the primary headdress.
- Wide-Brimmed Tan Summer Hat (“Tilley”) – This hat is worn for summer training sports activities/
- Toque – This may be worn outside in cold weather.
- Short Sleeve Dress Shirt – This shirt is worn during all formal parades.
- Dark Blue T-Shirt – This shirt is worn during some training at the discretion of the squadron.
- Tunic – The tunic is the formal jacket of the cadet uniform. It is worn over the dress shirt and with a tie on all formal occasions.
- All season jacket – This jacket is worn when weather condition dictate.
- Pants – worn during regular activities and parades
- Shorts – worn during sports activities
- Boots – Black ankle boots are given to wear during normal activities and parades
- Running Shoes – worn during sports activities
- Grey Wool Socks
- Black Belt with Silver Buckle
- Black Necktie
- Rank Slip-ons
When your enrollment form was signed and handed in, you have taken responsibility for all parts of your uniform. To keep your uniform in top condition, and keep making you and your squadron look good, follow these simple steps:
- Do not leave your uniform lying around
- Mark your name on every piece of the uniform
- Return damaged or poorly fitting parts of your uniform to your squadron and get new parts
- Return your uniform when you leave the squadron
- Sew badges when needed (do not use glue or ironing, which will destroy the uniform for future use)
- Use matching thread when sewing
- Keep it wrinkle free & clean
- The tunic is made of polyester, so it will melt if ironing at a high temperature. Use a barrier or the polyester setting on your iron
- When ironing, avoid double creases
- The pants are made of polyester, so it will melt if ironing at a high temperature. Use a barrier or the polyester setting on your iron
- Do not use starch when ironing
- When hemming pants, do not cut excess material. Obtain a new pair from your squadron instead
Dress Shirt & T-Shirt
- Wash and iron after every wear. Both shirts should be kept free of wrinkles
- Wash and iron when needed, use cold water wash
- Keep your wedge lint and dirt free
- Wash when it gets dirty with cold water, and lie flat to dry
- Keep it clean and wash when dirty
- Store boots in a safe place where they will not get knocked around
- Cover them when not in use to prevent dust
- Use only black kiwi polish
- It takes time to get a good shine on a new pair of boots, but with regular attention, the shine will come
Here is a video tutorial on how to iron, shine your boots, place your badges, do your hair and make sure that every little detail gets checked:
Badges & Sleeves
Squadron Shoulder Badge (Shoulder Flash)
The shoulder flash cadges are worn on both sleeves of the tunic only, 2cm below the top of the sleeve.
Rank Badges: Rank Badges are worn centred on both sleeves, midway between the elbow and shoulder upper seam. For Warrant Officer badges, they are worn approximately 9cm above the top of the cuff (bottom of the sleeve) instead of midway of the sleeve.
Proficiency Badges: Proficiency Level badges are given after each level is passed (from 1 to 5). These badges are worn centred on the left sleeve of the tunic at the bottom of the sleeve. If the Fitness, Marksmanship, or Glider Pilot Familiarization badge is worn, the proficiency badge is worn 1cm above those.
Pilot Wings: Pilot wings are worn centred, 0.5cm above the left breast pocket.
Marksmanship Badges: Marksmanship badges are worn centred on the left sleeve, with the bottom of the badge immediately above the top of the cuff.
Physical Fitness Badges: Physical Fitness badges are worn centred on the left sleeve, with the bottom of the badge immediately above the top of the cuff.
Glider Familiarization Badges: Glider Familiarization badges are worn centred on the left sleeve, with the bottom of the badge immediately above the top of the cuff.
NOTE: If more than one of the Marksmanship, Physical Fitness, and Glider Familiarization badges are awarded, the first badge is worn in the centre, with the other two on either side.
Music Appointment Badges Music Appointment badges are worn centred on the left sleeve. For Warrant Officers, this badge is centred midway between the elbow and upper seam, while for other ranks it is worn at the bottom.
Music Proficiency Levels Music Proficiency badges are worn centred on the left sleeve, with the bottom of the badge immediately above the top of the cuff.
First Aid Badges First Aid badges are worn centred on the right sleeve 1cm above the cuff. If Summer Course badges are worn, this badge is worn 1cm above those. For Warrant Officers, this badge is worn midway on the sleeve between the elbow and upper seam.
Summer Training Qualifications
Summer Training Qualification badges are worn at the bottom of the right sleeve in the order that they are awarded, in rows of three.
Right & Left Sleeve – all ranks except Warrant Officer
Right & Left Sleeve – Warrant Officer
Left & Right Breast Pocket (all ranks)
Boots & Boot Laces
Straight Across Method: No visible under-laces except at the top of the boot.
Parade Boot Polishing Technique:
Use the “Straight Across Method” when lacing boots, which will have no visible under-laces except at the top of the boot.
How to polish parade boots:
- Use only black kiwi polish and a kiwi cloth (not Parade gloss or express sponge)
- Fill the lid or small container with room-temperature water
- Take kiwi cloth, wrap around finger, and apply coat of polish to boots in a circular pattern
- Dab the kiwi cloth into the water and then a little bit of polish
- Repeat the circular pattern on the boots until there are no water droplets left
Hair must be neatly groomed and conservatively styled. Cadets must be clean shaven, and hair must be trimmed at the back, sides, and above the ears. Hair needs to be kept above the neck by 2.5cm. Hair cannot touch the ears or fall below the top of the eyebrows.
Hair must be neatly groomed and conservatively styled. Hair must be kept above the lower edge of the shirt collar and secured or styled back to reveal the face.