WHAT WE EXPECT

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets is a uniformed organisation and therefore a high standard of dress is required.

The Squadron will provide all the ‘blue’ uniform apart from the parade shoes, socks, tights and hair accessories. We do not issue greens uniform so it needs to be bought privately from an array of military clothing outlets. Without proper greens uniform the cadet will not be allowed to take part in some outdoor exercises.

Wearing of Uniform

Members of the ATC are entitled to wear uniform only when attending authorised ATC meetings or parades or when specially authorised.

 

Working Blues

Working Blues (2c Short Sleeve Order)

  • RAF Parade Shoes (Purchased Separately*)
  • Black Socks/Barely black tights (Not Provided)
  • Trousers/skirt
  • Belt
  • Dark Blue Shirt
  • Brassard
  • Beret

Sleeves rolled up to elbows. The cuffs of the sleeves should be used to ensure sleeves are rolled up evenly.

Working Blues (2c with Jersey)

  • RAF Parade Shoes (Purchased Separately)
  • Black Socks/Barely black tights (Not Provided)
  • Trousers/skirt
  • Belt
  • Dark Blue Shirt
  • Jersey
  • Brassard
  • Beret

Wedgewood Blues

Wedgewood Blues (2a Shirt Sleeve Order)

  • RAF Parade Shoes (Purchased Separately*)
  • Black Socks/Barely black tights (Not Provided)
  • Trousers/skirt
  • Belt
  • Wedgwood Blue Shirt
  • Tie
  • Brassard
  • Beret

Wedgewood Blues (2a with Jersey)

  • RAF Parade Shoes (Purchased Separately*)
  • Black Socks/Barely black tights (Not Provided)
  • Trousers/skirt
  • Belt
  • Wedgwood Blue Shirt
  • Tie
  • Brassard
  • Beret
  • Jersey

Greens

There are 2 options for greens; Soldier 95 and MTP PCS. MTP is the newer uniform however it is also more expensive, To begin with it is advised that your purchase Soldier 95’s (S95) for the first year to make sure your child enjoys the cadets and can take part in all activities.

Soldier 95

  • British Lightweight Assault Boots 
  • Wind-proof S95 Smock or Ripstop Jacket 
  • S95 Shirt 
  • Olive Green T-shirt 
  • S95 Trousers 
  • Thick Walking Socks/Combat Socks
  • Trouser Twisters 
  • Green Courlene Belt 

MTP

  • British Lightweight Assault Boots 
  • Wind-proof MTP Smock 
  • MTP Shirt 
  • Olive Green T-shirt (Can be purchased Via the Squadron)
  • MTP Trousers
  • Thick Walking Socks/Combat Socks
  • Trouser Twisters (Available to Purchased on Squadron)
  • Green Courlene Belt 

Standard walking boots are not suitable as they provide insufficient ankle support and do not provide the waterproof qualities of assault boots that finish mid-shin. 

CARE OF UNIFORM

Beret

When issued with your beret you will be taught how to shape it to fit your head. The beret is to be clean and is to be worn with the band horizontal around the head and 2.5cm (one inch) above the eyebrows with the badge above the left eye. Loose material is to be drawn to the right and the badge clearly displayed in a position directly above the left eye. The badge must not be obscured when viewed from the front. The band around the beret should not be frayed and any loose adjustment chord at the rear should be tucked into the band. The beret material should be free of loose threads and fuzz.

Jersey

The jersey is to be kept in a clean and good state of repair. The jersey should be lightly ironed in a downward direction, pulled down and not folded over at the waist. The cuffs should be worn turned back. The jersey should be free of snags and holes and of the correct length in arms and body. It should not be necessary to wash the jersey.

Brassard

The Brassard should be clean and worn on the right arm. It should be kept in good condition by gentle warm ironing without introducing creases. All badges are to be neatly sewn on by the Cadet and in the correct position with black thread. The badges should be free from loose threads or lifting edges. In shirt sleeve order the bottom of the brassard should be worn outside the rolled up shirt sleeve.

Shirts

There are two types of shirt issued to Cadets, the ‘Working Blue (dark blue)’ and ‘Wedgwood (light blue)’ shirt.

The Working blue shirt is dark in colour and should be worn with the top button undone and both pocket and epaulette buttons fastened. The dark blue shirt is worn without a tie and when worn with a jersey the collar is on the outside.

Wedgwood shirts are light blue in colour and are worn with a black tie and collar worn inside the jersey. The sleeves are always rolled down. They should only be worn on ceremonial occasions.

All shirts should be cleaned and well ironed at all times with a single crease in each sleeve running down from the centre of the epaulette. The shirt should be in a good state of repair, with no loose threads or missing buttons.

The combat shirt is to be worn in the same manner as a working blue shirt with the same crease down either sleeve, the sleeves rolled up when on parade.

Black Tie

The tie is only worn with the Wedgwood shirt and should be tied with a Windsor knot. It should not be tucked into the shirt. When a tie is worn, the shirtsleeves should be down.

Trousers

Trousers should be of the correct length and are to be kept in a clean and well-pressed condition at all times. Creases are to run down the front and back of each trouser leg. The edges of the pockets should not be frayed and there should be no scorch marks. Blue service issue trousers should be dry cleaned only. Combat trousers should also have creases running down the front and back and are to be hand washed to avoid fading.

Skirt

Skirts should be in good repair, and of the correct length (down to the mid knee). The skirt should be pressed to ensure a creaseless finish to the front and back. The sides of the skirt should be pressed with a damp cloth to ensure good creases run down both sides. The skirt should be dry cleaned only. The skirt is always worn with tights, the regulation colour being ‘barely black’.

Trouser Belt

The buckle of the trouser belt should be regularly cleaned to ensure a good shine. It should be kept free from scratches. A green courlene belt should be purchased to be worn with green uniform.

Socks and Tights

Socks should be black and in good repair. Tights should be barely black in colour and seamless; they should not have any snags or ladders. Walking/ combat socks should be worn with assault boots in green uniform with a pair of black socks underneath.

Footwear

Cadets are not issued with shoes so private purchase is necessary. They must be black, laced and with a toecap. RAF issue shoes are available from most Army & Navy stores. Boots and shoes are to be kept clean at all times. The first priority is that the main body of the shoe needs to be clean and polished. Following that the toecap is to be bulled to a high shine. Laces should be straight across and neatly fastened.

Assault boots are to be cleaned after outdoor use and a layer of polish to be maintained to keep the health of the leather and to keep the boots waterproof.

Personal Effects

No trinkets, earrings or unauthorised badges are to be worn. A single gold or silver stud may be worn in each ear by female cadets. Plain wedding rings only may be worn. Tie pins may not be worn. A single Help 4 Heroes or RAFA Wings Appeal wristband may be worn on a Squadron night but not on formal parades. Cadet jerseys are equipped with a double pen holder whilst the parade shirts have single pen holders. It is advised that cadets carry at least one pen on their person when on Squadron, however it should not be carried in the pen pocket, the pocket is to be ironed flat.

Hair

The hair of the head is to be well cut and trimmed. Male cadet’s hair must not touch the shirt collar or the ears. Female cadet’s hair is to be arranged so as not to fall below the bottom edge of the back of the shirt collar or show below the front of the beret. It is to be retained by a plain, black hair band and hairnet matching the cadets hair colour.

Cleanliness

The face, ears, neck, hands and fingernails are to be clean. Cadets should not wear make up or nail polish.