AIR CADET DRESS INSTRUCTIONS
CATO 55-04 OPI: SSO Air Cdts Date: Aug 11 Amendment: Ch 3/11   

Based on CATO 55-04 Annex A (Orders of dress) and Annex D (Cadet Badges)

Hair:
Males-No more than 15 cm in length, and sufficiently short so that when head-dress is removed, no hair shall touch the ears, or fall below the top of the eyebrows.  Be not greater than 4 cm in bulk at the top of the head.  Styled so that it does not present a bizarre or exaggerated appearance, or interfere with the proper wearing of any cadet head-dress.  Sideburns shall not extend below a line horizontally bisecting the ear; be squared off in a horizontal line at the bottom edge; and be taper-trimmed to conform to the overall hair style and be of even width.

Females-Hair shall be kept neat and well groomed and shall not extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar. Different hairstyles are permitted within the limits that it does not look exaggerated, bizarre or contain hair colors such as green, bright red, orange, purple, etc. Excessive fullness or extreme heights are not authorized.  In no case should the hair preclude the proper wearing of the cadet’s head dress. Hair ornaments shall not be worn. Every effort shall be made to ensure that bobby pins, hairpins, and similar items used to secure hair are as unobtrusive as possible.

Makeup:
Female cadets are authorized to wear make-up, but only conservatively. This precludes the use of false eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, brightly colored eye shadow, colored nail polish, and excessive facial make-up, etc.
Jewelry:
Cadets may wear wristwatches, ID or Medic Alert bracelets and rings that are not of a costume jewelry nature. Female cadets may wear a single pair of plain gold or silver stud earrings in pierced ears. The silver stud earring, worn in the centre of each earlobe, shall be spherical in shape and shall not exceed 0.6 cm in diameter. No other type of earring shall be worn, except for a gold or silver healing device of similar shape and size, which may be worn while ears are healing after piercing. Only a single earring or healing device, worn in the centre of each ear lobe, may be worn at a time.
Name Tag:
Can be obtained locally. The standard CF name tag shall be detachable, made of blue and white laminated plastic plate 6.3 cm in length and 1.2 cm in height, inscribed with white lettering .6cm high, and shall show the surname of the cadet only.  Name tag is worn on top of the right breast pocket of the tunic. The name tag is to be centred.
Necktie:
Your necktie should be ironed and tidy. The knot (a 4 in hand or Windsor knot) should be compact and the tie done up to the collar when worn.
Sewing of Badges:
Badges shall be sewn on the uniform neatly using a thread that blends with the badge and uniform. Badges shall not be glued.

Silver and gold braided thread wings (Glider and Power)May be obtained from the ACL. They are worn only on the jacket in lieu of wings presented upon completion of the Power Pilot or Glider Pilot Scholarship.

BADGE

INSTRUCTION

Shoulder Flash Is worn on both sleeves of the tunic only. The top of the badge is to be 2 cm below the shoulder seam.
Rank Badges Warrant Officer First Class and Warrant Officer Second Class Worn centred on both sleeves with the bottom of the badge 9 cm above the top of the cuff or if a third row of Summer Courses Qualification Badges is worn 1 cm above the third-row badge.

Flight Sergeant, Sergeant, Flight Corporal, Corporal, and Leading Air Cadet. Worn centred on both sleeves, mid-way between the elbow and the shoulder upper seam.

Squadron Proficiency Level Centred on the left sleeve of the jacket, the bottom of the badge immediately above the top of the cuff. If a Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level Badge, a Marksmanship Classification Program Badge and/or a Glider Pilot Familiarization Badge is worn, the Sqn Proficiency Level Badge is worn 1 cm above the Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level, Marksmanship Classification Program and/or Glider Pilot Familiarization Badge(s). Only the most senior badge is worn Note, In view of their rank, Warrant Officers First Class (WO1) and Second Class (WO2) shall not wear Squadron Proficiency Level Badges.
Cap Badge Is worn on the left side of the wedge. The center of the badge is positioned half-way between the front and middle of the wedge and it is centered between the top and bottom of the wedge.
Summer Course Qualification Badges Shall be worn on the right sleeve in the order that they are awarded. The first badge is centred immediately above the cuff of the uniform jacket. The second badge awarded is placed immediately to the right of the first badge, to the front of the sleeve. The third is placed immediately to the left of the first badge, to the rear of the sleeve. The fourth, fifth and sixth badges are placed immediately above badges one, two and three forming a second row of badges and they are placed in the same order as the first row. If a seventh badge is awarded, it shall be placed immediately over the fourth badge. A maximum of seven Summer Courses Qualification Badges may be worn.
Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level Badges Centred on the left sleeve. The bottom of the badge to be positioned immediately above the top of the cuff. Only the badge for the highest level attained shall be worn.
Marksmanship Classification Program Badge Centred on the left sleeve. The bottom of the badge to be positioned immediately above the top of the cuff. Only the badge for the highest level attained shall be worn.
Glider Pilot Familiarization Badge Centred on the left sleeve. The bottom of the badge to be positioned immediately above the top of the cuff. Only the badge for the highest level attained shall be worn. NOTE: The Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level Badge, the Marksmanship Classification Program Badge and also the Glider Pilot Familiarization Badge shall be worn on the left sleeve in the order that they are awarded. The first badge awarded is centred immediately above the cuff of the uniform jacket. The second badge awarded is placed immediately to the left of the first badge, to the front of the sleeve. The third badge awarded is placed immediately to the right of the first badge, to the rear of the sleeve.
Metal wings (Glider and Power) May be obtained from the Air Cadet League (ACL). They may be worn on the short-sleeve shirt only with all orders of dress, except for cadets on courses at CSTCs. If no medal ribbons are worn, wings shall be centred and placed immediately above the left breast pocket. If medal ribbons are worn, wings shall be centred, 0.5 cm above medal ribbons on the left breast pocket.
Remembrance Day Poppy Is authorized to be worn on the shirt, the jacket and the all-season jacket of the cadet uniform from the last Friday of October until Remembrance Day.
First Aid Badge (Emergency or Standard) To be treated as if a fitness or marksmanship badge.
Cadet Certificate of Commendation Pin The Cadet Certificate of Commendation Pin shall be worn centred on the right breast pocket, equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the pocket flap This pin is worn on the jacket and the shirt.
Duke of Edinburgh Pin The Gold, Silver or Bronze Pin awarded under the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program shall be worn centred on the right breast pocket, equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap Only one Duke of Edinburgh pin is permitted on the uniform indicating the highest level attained by the cadet. This pin is worn on the jacket only.   NOTE: When a Duke of Edinburgh Award Pin is worn with the Cadet Certificate of Commendation Pin, the two pins shall be worn centred on the right breast pocket equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap, with 0.5 cm between the two pins. In this case, the Cadet Certificate of Commendation Pin shall be worn in the top position. Only the Cadet Certificate of Commendation Pin can be worn on the shirt.
Marksmanship Championship Series Pin The Zone, Provincial or National Championship Pin awarded under the Canadian Cadet Movement Marksmanship Championship Series shall be worn centred on the left breast pocket, equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap Only one Marksmanship Championship Series Pin is permitted on the uniform indicating the highest level attained by the cadet This pin is worn on the jacket only.
Biathlon Championship Series Pin The Zone, Provincial or National Championship Pin awarded under the Canadian Cadet Movement Biathlon Championship Series shall be worn centred on the left breast pocket, equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap Only one Biathlon Championship Series Pin is permitted on the uniform indicating the highest level attained by the cadet This pin is worn on the jacket only.
Effective Speaking Competition Pin The Zone, Provincial or National Competition Pin awarded under the Air Cadet League of Canada effective Speaking Competition shall be worn centred on the left breast pocket, equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap Only one Effective Speaking Competition Pin is permitted on the uniform indicating the highest level attained by the cadet This pin is worn on the jacket only.   NOTE  When an Air Cadet League of Canada Effective Speaking Competition Pin is worn with a Canadian Cadet Movement Marksmanship Championship Series Pin or a Canadian Cadet Movement Biathlon Championship Series Pin, the two pins shall be worn centred on the left breast pocket equidistant between the lower seam and the lower edge of the jacket pocket flap, with 0.5 cm between the two pins. The Air Cadet League of Canada Effective Speaking Competition Pin shall be worn in the top position. If a cadet is the recipient of an Air Cadet League of  Canada Effective Speaking Competition Pin, a Canadian Cadet Movement Marksmanship Championship Series Pin and also a Canadian Cadet Movement Biathlon Championship Series Pin, this cadet shall be authorized to wear two out of the three pins awarded as the cadet uniform can only accommodate two pins. In this case, the cadet must make the decision of which two pins he shall wear on his uniform.
Parka:
Is to be worn during winter when the weather is appropriate. The appropriate epaulette can be worn with your parka. Your parka is to be kept zipped up whenever it is worn, the liner may also be removed and worn as a light weight coat.  The appropriate epaulette can be worn with your liner.
Tunic:
Should be well pressed, all pocket buttons buttoned, all front buttons (except the top) are also fastened.  The sleeves of the jacket shall be roll-pressed with no creases.  Be sure your belt is even with no twists. The buckle of your tunic belt is to be centered. The pockets of your tunic should not bulge.  
Shirt:
Should be neatly pressed when worn. The only crease in the shirt should be down the center of each arm beginning at the center of each epaulette. It may be helpful to starch the collar of the shirt to prevent it from becoming limp.
T-Shirt:
The T-shirt may be worn with or without the jacket but the jacket must be worn when proceeding to and from the sqn’s location. Starting in September 2011, the light blue cotton T-shirt shall be gradually replaced by the dark blue cotton T-shirt. Cadets shall be authorized to wear the light blue cotton T-shirt during the transition period.
Trousers/Slacks:
Should be well pressed. Creases should be sharp. Creases in male pants go up the front center of each leg and extend to the waist, inside the first belt-loops. Creases in female slacks go up the front center of each leg and extend to the corner of the pocket. Rear creases extend up the center of the pant leg and meet in the back at the waistband, forming a “V.”

Note about Ironing:
When ironing your pants and tunic you should use a pressing cloth.  A pressing cloth may be a towel, pillowcase or other piece of cloth. The pressing cloth will prevent your tunic and pants from becoming shiny due to ironing. You should also use a pressing cloth when ironing your wedge and necktie. The creases in your trousers/slacks sharpen with the use of a moist pressing cloth or by wetting the crease itself.

Socks:
Will be the gray or green wool socks that are issued to you by your squadron. If you are allergic to the material in the socks, you may wear other socks made of a suitable material and color. Another option is to place sports socks under your issue gray socks.
Boots:
Your black issue boots are laced straight across. You shall keep them in good repair and well shined. The following is one method used to get a good shine on boots: Use kiwi black polish only.

  1. Remove dust and dirt from the boot with a soft damp cloth (do not use this cloth for polishing)
  2. Use an old toothbrush to remove dirt from the welts
  3. Apply a moderate amount of polish to the area of the boot you will polish first.
  4. Use a polish cloth wrapped around your index finger and dampened in cool water. You should work one section of the boot at a time. Apply the polish in a circular motion. Start with larger circles to cover the area with polish. Use smaller circles as the polish works into the boot. Continue with the circular motion until you can no longer see the circles formed by the polish.
  5. You will have to continue applying coats of polish in this way until the boots have a high gloss. Considerable patience is required with new or previously unpolished boots.
Rank Slip-Ons:
Shall be worn on both shoulders with the short-sleeve shirt, the all-season jacket (worn on both the liner and the exterior jacket), the CANEX Air parka and windbreaker at the sqn, with the blue flying suit at the flying site for authorized cadets, with the cadet field training uniform during sqn  survival exercises when authorized by the sqn CO and also on all authorized orders of dress by Staff Cadets at the CSTC.
Cadet Field Training Uniform:
Cadets are authorized to wear the cadet field training uniform (colour, olive green) during sqn survival exercises when authorized by the sqn CO. Headdress (the wedge or blue beret with the Air Cadet insignia, wide-brimmed tan summer hat or toque) and cadet rank slip-ons shall be worn with the cadet field  training uniform. Cadet field training uniforms obtained by cadets for sqn training  shall not be taken to CSTCs. The CADPAT is the current CF field combat clothing uniform. The wear of CADPAT by cadets is not permitted in any circumstances.
Mess Dress (C-8):
White shirt. Plain, long-sleeved, standard cuff design, with turned down collar. For wear by male and female cadets with C-8 Mess Dress; black bow tie. Hand tied, approximately  12 cm (4-3/4 in.) in length, 4 cm (1-1/2 in.) at square ends and 2 cm (3/4 in.) wide at knot OR permanently tied with square ends.