Care of the Cadet Uniform  albatros hat badge


Is to be cleaned, lint free and 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.


Is to be cleaned, lint and stained free, and 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.

Cap Badge:

Is worn on the left side of the wedge, center  positioned half-way between the front and middle of the wedge and it is centered between the top and bottom of the wedge.

Wedge Cap:

A wedge cap is worn on the right side of your head. The lower point of the front crease of the wedge is to be in the centre of your forehead. The front edge of the cap is to be 2.5 cm (1 in.) above your right eyebrow. If you remember that the bird on the cap badge should look toward the sky, you will always have the cap on the right side of your head. To be sure the cap is 2.5 cm (1 in.) above the right eyebrow; you can use the measurement of the width of two fingers. If your hair hangs down on your forehead you should be sure to tuck it under your wedge when in uniform.

Should cleaned, lint and stained free and be well pressed. Creases should be sharp.

  • MALE Creases slacks go up the front center of each leg and extend to the waist, inside the first belt-loops. Rear creases extend up the center of the pant leg and end just under the seat of the pants.
  • FEMALE Creases 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.”

Name Tag:

Each cadet will be issued one name tag. 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 centered above the flap of the right breast pocket of the tunic. Remove the name tag prior to laundering tunic.


3-in one, all season jacket; with a in  ner layer (fleece), outer shell, together as a winter parka. To be worn with or with Tunic, in appropriate weather. Cadets will wear the cadet insignia and epaulette when wearing the any part of the 3-1 parka.  Parkas are to be kept zipped & buttoned whenever it is worn.


GENERAL GUIDELINE: for a complete list of badge placement, check CATO 55 04 annex FBadge placement


Issued gray wool socks.  If you are allergic to the material in the socks, with prior approval, you may wear other socks made of a suitable material and color. Another option is to place sports socks under your issue gray socks.

Miscellaneous Dress Regulations


Female cadets are authorized to wear a minimal amount of make-up. When wearing uniform, make-up shall be applied conservatively. This precludes the use of false eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, brightly coloured eye shadow or lipstick, coloured nail polish, and excessive facial make-up.


The only jewelry that may be worn in uniform shall be a wristwatch, a medical alert bracelet and a maximum of two rings, which are not of a costume jewelry nature. In addition, female cadets in uniform may wear a single pair of plain gold, silver stud or white pearl earrings in pierced ears. The single stud earring, worn in the centre of each earlobe, shall be spherical in shape and not exceed 0.6 cm in diameter. Male cadets are not authorized to wear an earring or earrings.

 Hair Regulations

CATO 5504, Air Cadet Dress Instructions, states that hair on the head shall be neatly groomed and conservatively styled. In particular, style and colour shall not be bizarre, exaggerated or unusual appearance. Unusual colours such as green, bright red, orange, purple, etc are not permitted. Hair must be secured or styled back to reveal the face and any accessories used to secure or control hairstyles shall be as unobtrusive as possible. Hair ornaments shall not be worn, except for female cadets’ conservative barrettes that blend with the hair colour. 

  • Male: Male hair must be kept short, off the collar and off the ear.  Side burns can extend to the centre of the ear lobe.  Cadets are to be clean shaven, however they may grow a mustache if it meets the proper standards
  • Female:  Long hair is to be drawn back neatly into a bun in a hair net.  Hair wisps are to be secured to ensure hair looks neat.  Females with shorter hair should keep it neat, above the collar and behind the ears.


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Your necktie should be ironed and tidy. The knot should be compact and the tie done up to the collar when worn.



Boots are laced straight across, as illustrated at right. You shall keep them in good repair and well shined. The following is one method used to get a good shine on boots: For best results, use a Kiwi brand polish and cloth

  • Remove dust and dirt from the boot with a soft damp cloth (do not use this cloth for polishing).
  • Use an old toothbrush to remove dirt from the welts.
  • Use the toothbrush, with polish, to blacken the welts.
  • Apply a moderate amount of polish to the area of the boot you desire. Use a polish cloth or other soft 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.
  • 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.

How to Lace Parade Boots 


How to Polish Boots

polish boots-001Some basics for proper care of your boots include storing them in a dry place and keeping them clean. Dust will create scratches. Do NOT use spit, fire, solvents or other chemicals on your boots. A soft and clean cloth, black shoe polish and some clean water is all you need. Build up a layer of polish and then it is the polish that will shine


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