Cadets must always present a neat, clean, and professional appearance. Hair will be clean and neat, with considerations made for religious and cultural traditions. Cadets who fail to meet the dress and hair standards will receive a warning. Subsequent failure to meet these standards will result in the cadet being sent home. Repeated failure to meet these standards may result in the termination of the cadet’s membership in the corps.
Hair : The hair of male cadets must be cut so as to be above the ears and off the collar. Female cadets must also wear their hair off the collar and away from their face. Longer female hair can be pinned up neatly and in a bun, just below the head dress (see diagram below). Bizarre hairstyles or colours (blue, pink, etc.) are not permitted for any cadet.
Uniforms : Uniforms are supplied free of charge by the Corps and are issued by the Quartermaster. Uniforms, like any other equipment issued by the cadet corps, do not belong to the individual cadet, but remain the property of the Federal Government. Cadets must sign for all items that they receive from the Quartermaster, and they must take care of them and keep them in good condition. Because all items issued to cadets remain the property of the Canadian Forces, cadets are required to return all uniform items and kit to the Commanding Officer or the RCACC Quarter Master when they depart the Cadet program. If any uniform or kit is lost, it must be reported to the RCACC Quartermaster as soon as possible. Parents/guardians may be charged for all lost or missing uniform or kit items.
Dress Uniform: The dress uniform is worn on regular parade nights and at the monthly Commanding Officer’s Parade, as well as at the majority of publicly attended events. Dress uniform items must be kept clean, shirt and pants kept neatly pressed, and dress boots ‘spit polished’ to a high level of shine.
Operational Clothing: Cadets are authorized to wear Field Training Uniform (FTU) items issued by the Army Cadet Corps. No cadet is authorized under any circumstance to wear Canadian Forces CADPAT operational clothing of any kind. FTU must be clean and free of any dirt. Combat boots should always be ‘boot brushed’ to a shine.
Please Note: Tactical vests and operational webbing are not to be worn with combats or any civilian dress during, or in transit to or from, any Army Cadet activities.
Female cadets may wear neutral‐colored makeup applied sparingly. Bright or unnaturally colored makeup, or heavy eyeliner or mascara, is not permitted. Nail polish of any kind is not permitted.
Male cadets are not permitted to wear makeup of any kind.
Jewelry must be minimal and not detract from a professional appearance. Females may wear one pair of matching, plain stud earrings, to be worn one in each ear. The wearing of earrings by male cadets is not permitted. Other acceptable jewelry for both males and females are a watch, a plain bracelet, and one ring on each hand.
Eyeglasses and sunglasses shall be conservative in design and color. Sunglasses with photo chromic or mirrored lenses are not authorized for wear.
CONDUCT AND DEPORTMENT : The deportment and appearance of all cadets in uniform shall on all occasions reflect credit on the individual and on the Canadian Army Cadet program.
Cadets in uniform must not engage in any activity, or present any deficiencies in dress or appearance, that detracts from a professional presence. They should present themselves well groomed, with footwear cleaned and shined, as well as their uniform should be cleaned and properly pressed. When in public, cadets are not to remove their head dress (while outdoors), loosen or remove their tie, or unbutton their tunic or cadet issued parka. All buttons, fasteners and zippers must be kept closed. Pockets should not bulge, and no items such as glasses, sun glasses, pens, pencils, key rings or paper may protrude from pockets or be suspended from waist belts or pockets.
MEDALS AND RIBBONS : A cadet may receive and wear medals from two sources a. the Canadian Honors System (CHS); and b. the Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO). The CCO medals are not part of the CHS and therefore may not be worn side-by-side with medals of the CHS.
Medals from the CHS shall be suspended above the left breast pocket of the jacket, immediately above and centered. CCO Medals shall be suspended above the right breast pocket of the jacket, immediately above and centered. Under no circumstances, are CCO Medals to be suspended above the left breast pocket of the jacket. (The order of precedence for CCO and also the replacement procedures are found at CATO 13-16.)
Camp Chestermere 1041 E Lakeview Rd, Chestermere, AB T1X 1B1
The 3125 Calgary Highlander Cadet Corps parades every week on Tuesdaysnight at 1830hrs to 2130hrs. Feel free to come down and speak with one of our staff. Cadets is a zero cost youth program from teens aged 12-18 that welcomes both boys and girls! All that is needed to join is a valid birth certificate and health care card!