Common Uniform Items

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.


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


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.

Cap Badge

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. (Ref. Figure 2-14 in the Level 1 Cadet Handbook)

Wedge Cap

You wear your wedge on the right side of your head. The lower point of the front crease of the wedge is to be in the center 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 eye brow, 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.


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.”

Shoulder Badge (Shoulder Flash)

Shoulder Badge (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. (Ref. Figure 2-20 in the Level 1 Cadet Handbook)

Proficiency Badge

Proficiency Badge is centered on the left sleeve of the tunic worn immediately above the cuff. If Fitness Program, Marksmanship Classification, or Glider Pilot Familiarization Badges are worn, the bottom edge of the badge is worn immediately above the cuff and the Proficiency Badge will should be placed 1 cm above. (Ref. Figure 2-20 in the Level 1 Cadet Handbook).

First Aid Badge (Emergency or Standard)

First Aid Badge (Emergency or Standard) should be on the left-sleeve, centered, 7.0 cm from the bottom of the sleeve, or 1.0 cm above the proficiency badge, if one is worn. (Ref. Figure 2-20 in the Level 1 Cadet Handbook)


The rank badge is worn centered, midway between the elbow and the upper shoulder seam.


Socks will be the gray 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.


Overcoat may be worn when the weather is appropriate. You may turn up and button the collar in severe weather. The appropriate epaulette can be worn with your overcoat. Your overcoat is to be kept buttoned whenever it is worn.


Your black issue boots are laced straight across, as illustrated below. You shall keep them in good repair and well shined. The following is one method used to get a good shine on boots:

  • 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 will polish first. 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.


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 center 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 center of each ear lobe, may be worn at a time.

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. Hair should be 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.

Hair – 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. 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.

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. Some people also use an open brown paper bag. 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.