Uniform Care

Your Uniform is Government Property

When you joined cadets your parents signed your enrollment form. By signing the enrollment form
your parents have taken responsibility for all parts of your uniform. As a result, you are always
responsible for all parts of your uniform. You should follow these rules:

  1. Do not leave your uniform lying around.
  2. Mark your name in every piece of your uniform.
  3. Return damaged or poorly fitting parts of your uniform to your squadron supply and get
    new parts.
  4. Be sure that any parts of your uniform that you return are signed off when you return
  5. You must return your uniform promptly if you leave the squadron.

The uniform you have just been issued is on loan to you for as long as you are an Air Cadet. It is
important that you treat the uniform with the care and respect it deserves. Cadets requiring
new uniform parts should speak directly with the Squadron Supply Officer.

In order to take care of your new uniform, please follow these simple instructions:

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:

Tunic (jacket)

– Do not glue the badges on (the glue will destroy the uniform for future use by leaving a
– Do not use a sewing machine to sew on the badges (the stitches destroy the uniform when
removing them for higher rank badges).
– When sewing on buttons and badges, use appropriate matching thread. When purchasing
thread from a store, take the badge with you for a color match.
– Wash the tunic when it is dirty.
– Hang it on a hanger after you wear it to keep it wrinkle-free.
– If you need to iron the tunic, remember it is polyester and will melt if you use a high
temperature. It is best to have a barrier between the tunic and the iron, for example, a cotton
cloth to absorb the excess heat. Use a polyester setting on the iron.
– Put your name in the tunic so you can tell which is yours when you remove it.


– When ironing pants try to avoid double creases in the legs. These are known as train tracks.
– Hang pants after wearing to keep them wrinkle-free. Put the seams together so the creases
are kept sharp.
– Do not iron on a high temperature, they are made of polyester and will melt destroying the
– Use a barrier between the iron and the pant leg to protect the material from accidental
scorching or burning.
– Do not use starch on pants. Starch will increase the chance of melting and leave a white
– Wash pants when required.
– When hemming the pants, do not cut the excess material. When a cadet outgrows pants the
returned pants are reissued to someone else.
– Do not hem pants using a sewing machine. This leaves a permanent mark on the pant leg
making them unusable once returned.

Shirt, T-shirt, Sweater

– Wash your shirt, t-shirt or sweater after every wearing.
– Use a pre-wash on the collar and underarms to prevent stains (makeup and sweat is difficult
to get out if not washed regularly and pre-treated).
– Iron your shirt before wearing – make sure to crease the sleeves (middle of sleeve on top and bottom).


– Wash and iron when required – use cold water wash.
– You will be taught how to tie your tie by a senior cadet if you do not know how.


– Keep you wedge lint and dirt free (keep it away from pet hair).
– Wash your wedge when it gets dirty, gently in cold water, and let it lie flat to dry.
– Put your name in it.

Overcoat (Parka)

– Keep it clean and wash it in the washing machine when it’s dirty.


– Wash your socks after every wearing.


– Store boots in a safe place where they will not get knocked around.
– Cover them when not in use (many cadets use their polishing cloth for this).
– Wipe all dirt of boots before polishing.
Kiwi polish should be the only brand of polish used for polishing boots.
– Spend time on your boots every week (while watching TV is a good time to polish boots).
– It takes time to bring up a good shine on a new pair of boots, but with regular attention, the
shine will come. If you need guidance on polishing boots, ask a senior cadet.
– Put your name in them to prevent losing your boots.


I tried on my uniform, but it does not fit!

Bring your uniform back to supply and tell them what the problem is. Don’t make any alterations yourself unless they are small and reversible (like putting a temporary hem in your pants to shorten them).

What happens when I outgrow my uniform?

Just come in to supply and exchange it. If you need to exchange a uniform part on a Parade Night, you can wear black pants, white shirt, black tie (your cadet tie) until you get your new uniform. You cannot wear a combination of uniform and civilian clothing. Supply may also be available on extra training nights.

Am I allowed to keep all this stuff?

Your uniform is on loan to you. It belongs to the Government of Canada and is worth about $400.00. You have to take good care of it while it is issued to you and you will have to return it when you leave cadets. You will be allowed to keep certain items such as socks and t-shirts, but most of it must be returned.