Uniforms

How To Wear Your Uniform

At the beginning of your career as a cadet you will be issued a uniform. As a cadet you are expected to maintain your uniform to the highest standard. If you are in need of any uniform part replacements, please do not hesitate to contact the supply officer. The uniform is on loan to you and is the property of the Department of National Defense – at the end of your cadet career (or when you outgrow a uniform part), you must return your uniform. As such, you are expected to take good care of your uniform and take pride when wearing it. When in uniform, you represent not only yourself but also 893 Beaufort Squadron, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the Cadet Program as a whole, so it is imperative that your uniform is kept in top notch condition and that you maintain exceptional deportment. If you need help with the maintenance of your uniform, please consult the senior cadets in your flight or the Commanding Officer.

All of the following information is taken from the dress regulations. The dress regulations state the policies and instructions for wearing the Air Cadet uniform.

IRONING

  • How to iron your tunic
  • How to iron your dress shirt
  • How to iron your pants

Your pants, dress shirt and tunic must all be kept clean and wrinkle free. When ironing, use the correct temperature for the clothing item (use the ‘cotton’ setting for your dress shirt, the ‘wool’ setting for your pants, and ‘wool’ for your tunic), along with ample steam and a pressing cloth.

Dress shirt: front and back kept wrinkle free, and a sharp crease down the center of each sleeve.
Pants: wrinkle free with a sharp crease down the front and back of each pant leg.
Tunic: wrinkle free with no creases (IMPORTANT: iron AROUND, NOT ON TOP of your badges – the plastic on the back will melt and ruin your tunic).

PANTS/TROUSERS
Cadet pants/trousers are worn with crisp creases running down the center of the front and back of each leg. Trousers must be hemmed such that the length extends to the 3rd eyelet of the ankle boot. Remember that you will be growing while in cadets; once the trousers start to rise past the fourth eyelet, it is time to see the Supply Officer!

CARE/CLEANING
It is important to keep your uniform clean and neatly maintained. Please follow the washing instructions included on the care tag of each uniform piece/garment:

short-sleeved dress shirt – wash every second wear or so – remove rank slip-ons (the ‘Cadet’ flashes on each epaulette of the short-sleeved shirt), use a pre-wash stain treatment on the collar to ensure stains are dealt with before they set, tumble dry low, iron medium (with ironing cloth – creases as noted above) OR dry clean
sweater – wash as required – machine wash 30C on gentle cycle, non-chlorine bleach only, iron medium (with ironing cloth – no creases), tumble dry low/permanent press setting (or hang dry if possible to prevent pilling) OR dry clean
tunic – wash as required (won’t be very often) – machine wash 50C, no bleach, tumble dry low, iron medium (with ironing cloth – no creases) OR dry clean
pants – wash as required – machine wash 50C on permanent press cycle, no bleach, tumble dry low, iron medium (with ironing cloth – creases as noted above) OR dry clean
tie and wedge – spot clean with damp cloth – otherwise, dry clean only
parka – parkas are one of those things that tends to be removed at events and mixed up with other cadets’ parkas… please use removable labels to label your cadet’s parka with their name (e.g., masking tape, duct tape, etc. with your cadet’s name written in Sharpie marker)

Before every Commanding Officer’s Parade (first Tuesday of every month), take a few minutes to review your uniform closely to ensure all of the pieces are up to standard. Some things to look for:

  • loose threads on your tunic (trim or fix)
  • loose badges (badges should be hand-sewn on using a hidden stitch with dark blue or black thread)
  • fallen pant hems or too-short pants
  • creases are in the correct places on pants and short-sleeved dress shirt
  • sweater, pants, shirt and tunic are wrinkle-free
  • boots polished

Deportment

Deportment: a person’s manners or behaviours. While in uniform you must have exceptional deportment and act professional at all times.

Dress Regulations:
Chewing gum, slouching, sauntering, placing hands in pockets, smoking or eating on the street, walking hand in hand, and similar deportment which detracts from a proud and orderly appearance in the eyes of the public is unacceptable for cadets in uniform. The object of this guideline is to project an image of a disciplined and self-controlled group. Thus, as one example, physical displays of affection between uniformed cadets shall be avoided.

Boots and Socks

Boots
Your black issue boots are laced straight across.  You shall keep them in good repair and well shined.

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