Uniform Resources

As a cadet you are expected to maintain your uniform to the highest standard. If you are in need of any uniform part replacements, please do not hesitate to go see the supply officer.

All of the following information is taken from the dress regulations (CATO 55-04). The dress regulations state the policies and instructions for wearing the Air Cadet uniform.

CATO 55-04 - Air Cadet Dress Regulations (PDF)

ILLUSTRATED Diagrams for placement of badges.

Left Sleeve

Left Sleeve

For WO

Left pocket

Right Sleeve

Right Sleeve

For WO

Right Pocket

Note: summer training badges go on right sleeve; qualification badges (fitness, marksmanship, first aid) on left.

Sikh Dress Instruction Diagram.pdf

sikh symbologe

Authorized Symbolic Requirements

Sikh Dress Instuctions .pdf

sikh dres regulations

Information for Cadet Sikh Dress Policy

How to Wear Your Uniform

During your time as a cadet you will be issued a uniform. It is loaned to you and belongs to the Department of National Defence, and following your time with the Squadron, you must return your uniform. As such, you are expected to take good care of your uniform and take pride when wearing it. When in uniform, you represent not only yourself but also 574 Squadron, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the Cadet Program as a whole, so it is imperative to have a great looking uniform and maintain exceptional deportment. If you need help with the maintenance of your uniform, consult the senior cadets in your flight.


Deportment: a person's manners or behaviours. While in uniform you must have exceptional deportment and act professional at all times. The following is an excerpt regarding deportment from CATO 55-04, the Air Cadet Dress Regulations:

Chewing gum, slouching, sauntering, placing hands in pockets, smoking or eating on the street, walking hand in hand, and similar deportment which detracts from a proud and orderly appearance in the eyes of the public is unacceptable for cadets in uniform. The object of this guideline is to project an image of a disciplined and self-controlled group. Thus, as one example, physical displays of affection between uniformed cadets shall be avoided. 


The entirety of the boot must be polished to a mirror shine. This takes time and patience, but eventually you will develop a good shine. There are no tricks, you require only black polish, a polishing cloth, water and an old toothbrush. The following is the recommended sequence when polishing boots:


Your pants, dress shirt and tunic must all be kept clean and wrinkle free. When ironing, use the right temperature for the clothing item (cotton for dress shirt, wool for pants, wool for tunic), ample steam and a pressing cloth. 

Dress shirt: front and back kept wrinkle free, and a sharp crease down the centre of each sleeve.

Pants: wrinkle free with a sharp crease down the front and back of each pant leg.

Tunic: wrinkle free with no creases.


Cadet trousers are worn with creases running down the centre of the front and back of each leg. Trousers must be hemmed such that the length extends to the 3rd eyelet of the ankle boot. Remember that you will be growing while in cadets; once the trousers start to rise past the fourth eyelet, it is time to see the Supply Officer!