CJCR Dress instructions | Chapter 1 Command and control

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  1. All cadets and JCRs shall wear the uniforms prescribed by the Commander, Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (Comd CJCR) in accordance with Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Cadet Organizations (QR (Cadets)), Chapter 5, Section 3 (less Article 5.21).
  2. This publication is issued under the authority of the Comd CJCR. Details of cadet and JCR clothing and uniforms, accoutrements, insignia, orders of dress and personal appearance instructions set out herein are those authorized for wear by cadets and JCRs.
  3. Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers Dress Instructions (CJCR DI) shall be interpreted as follows: if an item is not included in these instructions, it is not authorized.
  4. A uniform is an outward symbol of commitment, identity, and ethos. Coupled with overall appearance, the uniform is the most powerful visual expression of pride by the individual and is the primary means by which the public image of the Cadet and JCR Programs is fashioned. Uniforms identify all Cadets and JCRs as members of a cohesive and national youth organization.
  5. Cadets and JCRs shall wear the applicable uniform as described in this instruction in accordance with (IAW) the instructions contained herein.
  6. Changes in dress policy, dress instructions or uniforms, or in the designs of uniforms, uniform accessories, accoutrements, or insignia, shall only be made with the approval of the Comd CJCR.
  7. Cadets that are required to wear a CAF uniform for operational requirements, when approved by the Regional Cadet Support Unit Commanding Officer (RCSU CO), shall refer to A-DH-265-000/AG-001 CFP 265 Canadian Forces Dress Instructions to comply with appropriate usage and wearing.
  8. Whenever a new item of dress is introduced, an amendment to these instructions shall be issued by the Comd CJCR, advising the conditions under which the superseded or obsolescent item may continue to be worn and the procedure for implementing, distribution, and usage of the new item.
  9. The Comd CJCR is advised by the:
    1. CJCR Clothing and Dress Committee (CJCR CDC); and
    2. CJCR Formation Chief Warrant Officer (FCWO).

CJCR Clothing and Dress Committee

  1. The Comd CJCR is the final authority for all cadet and JCR clothing and dress related issues.
  2. The CJCR CDC is the senior level committee that is the governing body mandated to provide advice, recommendations, and decision support to the Comd CJCR on matters of cadet and JCR clothing, dress, and appearance.
  3. The CJCR CDC provides the focal point for all cadet clothing and dress matters, including rules and regulations, administrative, procedural and traditional aspects, and the coordination of design and development.
  4. The CJCR CDC is composed of the:
    1. Chair: Deputy Commander CJCR (DComd CJCR);
    2. Co-Chair: CJCR Formation Chief Warrant Officer (FCWO);
    3. Secretary: Staff Officer DComd CJCR or designate; and
    4. Voting members:
      1. Regional CWOs (five);
      2. Directorate of Canadian Rangers 4 - JCR Program Advisor (MWO); and
      3. National Advisory Council COATS (NACC) Chair.
  5. Submissions and recommendations on clothing and dress matters, including proposed changes to these Dress Instructions, shall be formally presented to the RCWOs, through the chain of command. For JCR related submissions, recommendations shall go through the Directorate of Canadian Rangers 4 - Junior Canadian Rangers Program Advisor, through the chain of command.


  1. Standard term meanings and definitions of terms are used throughout this publication. Where deemed necessary, further explanations of terms are included in the relevant text.
  2. Specific definitions and explanations follow (listed alphabetically by language):
Items of the cadet uniform other than garments (e.g., ceremonial waist belts, shoulder sashes, pace sticks and canes).
Appointment Insignia.
Identifies a specific appointment / position a cadet and JCR may hold.
Area OC.
A member of Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS) designated by the RCSU CO as the officer commanding a specified area within the region.
Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO).
The Royal Canadian Sea, Army, and Air Cadets, and the Junior Canadian Rangers.
A headdress without a brim all the way around.
Ceremonial Dress (C1).
An order of dress worn for formal occasions.
Commemora-tive Insignia.
Pins or badges that recognizes special occasions.
Corps / Squadron CO.
A member of COATS appointed as the CO of a corps / squadron by the RCSU CO.
A member of COATS appointed as the CO of a Cadet Training Centre (CTC) by the Comd CJCR.
The customary functional division by environment (e.g., Sea, Land, and Air).
Field Training Uniform (FTU).
The olive drab environmental training uniform worn by cadets during field training or routine army and air cadet activities.
Flight Suit (C5B).
The operational clothing worn by air cadet pilots.
Identification Insignia.
Identifies the element and corps / squadron the cadet belongs to.
In Accordance With (IAW).
Following a direction, policy, or request.
Mess Dress (C2).
A formal order of dress worn at cadet mess dinners and special occasions.
Naval Combat Dress (NCD).
The Royal Canadian Navy operational clothing worn by a sea cadet when at sea for an extended period (normally, not less than 2 weeks) or where an approved operational requirement is identified for health and safety.
Next to skin items.
Items that rest primarily upon exposed skin which can include, but is not limited to:
  1. t-shirt (elemental);
  2. dress shirt;
  3. socks; and
  4. headdress.
Orders of Dress.
Specific compositions of dress items which, by regulation, are worn together.
Participation / Competition Insignia.
Badge or pin that recognizes the participation in approved events.
A narrow band of material used to trim edges and seams of clothing.
Proficiency Insignia.
Recognizes proficiency levels achieved.
Qualification Insignia.
Recognizes qualifications achieved.
Rank Insignia.
Identifies ranks achieved.
An officer appointed by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as the Regional Cadet Support Unit Commanding Officer.
Sea Training Uniform (STU).
The environmental training uniform is worn by a sea cadet during corps training or specialty nautical activities.
Service Dress (C3).
An order of dress for regular training activities.
A specific material article, typically indicating rank, and worn on the epaulettes of the shirt, jackets, and outerwear of the CCO.
Temporary Loan Items / Kit.
Scaled public clothing and equipment issued from a Distribution Account (DA) / Supply Customer Account (SCA) to a cadet / JCR due to temporary employment or location and returned on termination of the special circumstances; examples include flying clothing, marksmanship and biathlon gear, parkas, wind pants, mukluks, NCDs and coveralls. These articles of clothing and equipment are issued and maintained at public expense.
Traditional Uniform.
Referred to in this document as a costume. Represents a discontinued / obsolete uniform previously worn by the Canadian Armed Forces or Canadian Cadet Organizations.
Training Dress (C5).
A functional order of dress when participating in environmental specific activities.
Training Establishment.
A designated establishment to organize and conduct cadet activities. These training establishments include:
  1. corps / squadrons;
  2. technical training establishments including:
    1. Cadet Nautical Sites;
    2. Cadet Expedition Sites; and
    3. Cadet Flying Sites.
  3. CTCs.
Training Establishment CO.
A member of COATS appointed as the CO of a training establishment.

Words and phrases – how construed

  1. “Shall”, “may”, and “should”:
    1. “shall” is intended to be construed as being imperative (not optional);
    2. “may” is intended to be construed as being permissive; and
    3. “should” is intended to be construed as being informative only.

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