741 ELGIN Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron


Boot Polishing & Lacing

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How to Tie a Necktie

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Air Cadet Insignia

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Orders of Dress

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Pin & Medal Placement

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Uniform Wearing & Care



The deportment and appearance of all cadets, in uniform or when wearing civilian attire, shall on all occasions reflect credit on the Cadet Program and the individual.


When in uniform, cadets shall conduct themselves in a manner that projects a positive public appearance.

Prohibited Behaviours:

  1. Chewing gum.
  2. Use of electronic devices while walking.
  3. Placing hands in pockets.
  4. Walking hand in hand.

Using Alcohol, Tobacco, Vaping, and Drugs is strictly Prohibited.


  1.  Cadets in uniform shall be well groomed, footwear cleaned and shone, and uniform cleaned and properly pressed
  2. Buttons, fasteners and zippers shall be kept closed.
  3. Pockets shall not be bulged.
  4. No mobile devices, or other items visibly extended, protrude from pockets or be suspended from waist belt.
  5. Headphones or ear buds shall not be worn; ear buds worn when traveling on transport only.
  6. Cadets wearing civilian clothes during cadet activities shall dress and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively as members of the Cadet Program.


  1. Hair on the head shall be neatly groomed and conservatively styled.
  2. The length, bulk or style of hair shall not detract from a positive appearance or preclude the proper wear of cadet headdress.
  3. Style and colour shall not present a bizarre, exaggerated, or unusual appearance.
  4. Hair must be secured or styled back to reveal the face, and any securing accessories shall be as unobtrusive as possible.
  5. Hair ornaments shall not be worn, except female’s conservative hair clip.



Hair shall be taper-trimmed at the back, sides, and above the ears to blend with the hair-style; be no more than 15 cm in length and sufficiently short that, when the hair is groomed and headdress is removed, no hair shall touch the ears or fall below the top of the eyebrows; be no more than 4 cm in bulk at the top of the head, gradually decreasing to blend with the taper-trimmed sides and back; and be kept free from the neck to a distance of 2.5 cm above the shirt collar. Taper trimmed square back styles and shaving of all the hair on the head are permitted.

Sideburns shall not extend below a line horizontally bisecting the ear, and shall be squared off horizontally at the bottom edge and taper-trimmed to conform to the overall hair style,


Moustaches, when worn alone, the unshaven portion of the face shall not extend outwards beyond the corners of the mouth. Moustaches shall be kept neatly trimmed; not be greater than 2 cm in bulk; not extend below the corners of the mouth.

Beards shall be worn with a moustache, kept neatly trimmed, especially on the lower neck and cheekbones; not exceed 2 cm in bulk. Cadets shall, on their own accord or upon direction from their CO shave off unsuccessful attempts to grow a beard unless beard is grown due to an accommodation.



Hair shall not extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar. Exaggerated styles, including those with excessive fullness or extreme height, are not authorized.

Pony Tails shall be styled conservatively and tied tightly by a knot or a small unadorned fastener worn in the centre of the back.

Braids shall be styled conservatively and tied tightly: secured at the end by a knot or a small unadorned fastener. A second small unadorned fastener may be used to secure the top of the braid. Hair shall be a maximum length when gathered behind the head and braided which does not extend below the top of the armpit.

A single braid shall be worn in the centre of the back. Double braids shall be worn behind the shoulders. Multiple braids (cornrows) shall be directed toward the back of the head, pulled tight to the head and secured at the end by a knot or a small-unadorned fastener. Multiple braids extending below the lower edge of the collar are to be gathered in a bun.

With the permission of a CO, a reasonable period may be authorized in order to transition from short to long hairstyles, during which time hair may extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar; all the while maintaining a positive military appearance and subject to the cadet’s safety.



Cadets are authorized to wear a minimal amount of make-up and shall be applied conservatively.

The use of false eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, brightly coloured eye shadow, coloured nail polish, bright or vivid lipstick and excessive facial make-up is not authorized.

Body Tattoos

Cadets shall not display visible tattoos that could be deemed to be offensive or otherwise reflect discredit on the Cadet Program.


Undergarments, including a brassiere for female cadets, if required, shall be worn under all orders of dress and shall be of an appropriate colour so as not to be visible through uniform and civilian items of clothing.

Undershirts may be worn under any order of dress, shall be of a solid colour and free of lettering or designs that will show through the uniform shirt, they shall not be visible at the neck opening or below the sleeves.


Cadets, who normally wear eyeglasses, may wear either conventionally framed prescription sunglasses or conservatively styled clip-on sunglasses when conditions and circumstances dictate.

Other cadets may wear conservatively styled sunglasses, which do not detract from the overall appearance of the uniform when conditions and circumstances dictate.

Sunglasses shall not be worn on parade unless authorized by the CO in special circumstances.

Sunglasses with mirrored lenses are not authorized for wear.






40 Wilson Ave.
St. Thomas, ON
N5R 3R2






40 Wilson Ave.
St. Thomas, ON
N5R 3R2