Uniform Care

Reference document: A-CR-CCO-100/AG-001 Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Dress Instruction, issued 19 Jul 19.

Always remember, when you wear the Air Cadet uniform, you are representing 754 Phoenix Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and Cadets of Canada as a whole. Make sure to look your best and be on your best behaviour. Unprofessional deportment such as chewing gum, slouching, hands in pockets, smoking, walking hand-in-hand, and other physical displays of affection are unacceptable at any cadet activity or while wearing the Air Cadet uniform.

When ironing creases into clothing, starch can be used for a crisp look. A pressing cloth made from an old pillow case or thin towel should always be used between the iron and clothing to prevent the fabric from becoming shiny or burning.

Always use steam when ironing. This will help to remove wrinkles.

Headdress

Item

Description

How to Care

Wedge

Primary form of headdress for Air Cadets. It is worn centered on the head, two finger widths above the eyebrows and tilted to the right (4 fingers above left ear, 2 fingers above right ear)

Recommend dry clean

Wide-brimmed hat (Tilley)

The Tilley shall be worn for sports and outdoor activities. It is to be worn square on the head with the string used to secure at the back of the head.

Washer OK

Toque

The toque may be worn outside in cold weather, as directed by the Officer in Charge.

Washer OK

Beret

(non-issued)
The beret may be worn with the uniform on a case-by-case basis, as directed by the Officer in Charge.

Recommend hand wash

Ballcap

(non-issued)
The ballcap may be worn during outdoor and sports activities in lieu of the Tilley, as directed by the Officer in Charge. Ballcaps need to be conservative in style, and monochrome in colour.

Washer OK

Shirt

Item

Description

How to Care

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 center of each sleeve starting at the center 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.

Washer OK; extra attention to inside of collar

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.

Washer OK

Crewneck sweater

In colder climate, the crew neck sweater may be worn in lieu of the dress shirt. It may be worn by itself, or under the tunic. Sleeves shall not be rolled up.

Washer OK

Jacket

Item

Description

How to Care

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.

Washer OK; extra attention to inside  of collar

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.

Washer OK; Goretex friendly laundry detergent recommended

Wool sweater

As permitted, the sweater may be worn over the dress shirt.

Washer OK

Hoodies

(non-issued)

Hoodies of a conservative nature may be worn on the outside when in sportswear, as directed by the Officer in Charge.

Washer OK

Pants

Item

Description

How to Care

Trousers

The trousers shall be pressed so as to have creases down the center 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 center belt loop to the bottom of the legs. Creases shall not be sewn or glued. Do not carry bulky items in the pockets.

Washer OK

Grey shorts

The Grey Shorts shall be worn during sports activities.

Washer OK

Shorts

(non-issued)

Shorts of a conservative nature may be worn in lieu of Grey Shorts during sports activities, as directed by the Officer in Charge.

Washer OK

Footwear

Item

Description

How to Care

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.

Gently rinse off and clean surfaces before polishing

Running shoes

Issued running shoes or conservative civilian running shoes are to be worn during summer training sports activities. They are worn with plain white or grey civilian socks.

 

Miscellaneous

Item

Description

How to Care

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.

Recommend spot clean

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.

Washer OK

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.

Gently rub with clean cloth

Pins

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

Gently rub with clean cloth

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. The poppy is worn centered on the left pocket flap of the tunic.

N/A

Black gloves

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

Washer OK

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.

Recommend spot clean

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.

Washer OK