The Uniform

The Cadet uniform is a source of great pride as it displays the individual's accomplishments during their time as a Cadet. There are many details and questions that frequently come up about the Cadet uniform. Where do the badges go? Here are some resources to answer those questions and many more.

Each Cadet will be issued a uniform during their six week intake program. Time during this stage has been set aside for the Cadet to visit supply and be sized so a uniform may be ordered.  Cadets will then be notified when their uniform arrives.  This may take a few months and their uniforms may not arrive complete. 

The Squadron has a fixed budget to purchase uniforms each year. It is critical that the Cadet takes care of his/her uniform, keeps it cleaned and pressed and returns it to the Squadron when he/she leaves the Squadron or outgrows the uniform.  Each Cadet is given training on how to look after the uniform and may be required to pay for replacements. 

All of our Cadets will be issued the following:
  • 1 dress shirt
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 1 tunic
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 1 set of rank slip-ons
  • 1 tie
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 belt
  • 1 wedge
Additional uniform items may be provided to cadets attending Summer Training Courses.  All of these items must be returned upon leaving the Cadet program or while exchanging them as Cadet outgrows items. 

CADET DRESS REGULATIONS:  Air Cadets across Canada are expected to follow the national standards regarding the care and use of their uniforms.  This ensures a common, professional image of the Air Cadet Program across the country.  This National Standard can be found in CATO 55-04 - Air Cadet Dress Regulations, published at the National Cadet File Repository.

NEW BADGE PLACEMENT GUIDE: In April 2016, we received a guide to the new badges that are starting to become available. It is a good resource while we are waiting for the updates to the dress regulations (CATO 55-04). Check it out!

NAMETAG: The name tag is worn above the pocket on the right side of the jacket and dress shirt. The placement changes if the Cadet has also earned the Cadet medal(s). Medals are worn on the jacket. The ribbon representing the medal can be worn on either the jacket or the dress shirt - depending on the order of dress.  NOTE: The wearing of the name tag on jacket or shirt are at the discretion of the CO. Name tag is not to be worn on the T-shirt or Parka.

Here are a few diagrams to show name tag placement: