CJCR Dress instructions | Chapter 4 Accoutrements

Ceremonial belts, slings and related items

  1. CAF patterns of white ceremonial belts and rifle slings are authorized for wear with ceremonial orders of dress, as appropriate.
  2. A universal-pattern gold-plated, stamped brass buckle, displaying the CAF badge, is provided for wear with the white ceremonial belt. Units may wear an approved branch / regimental pattern brass buckle as an optional item in lieu.
  3. Cadet corps associated with armoured regiments may wear black accoutrements as optional items instead of white.

Swords, cutlass – ceremonial occasions and training

  1. Swords by custom are carried by officers where cutlasses are used by NCM’s. Since the CCO no longer has Cadet Officers, there is no occasion where swords are authorized for carry by cadets. For members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, the following direction applies:
    1. Naval Cutlass. May be carried by:
      1. Sea cadets in charge of honour guards or other armed parties;
      2. the coxswain, when a cutlass is carried by a cadet in charge of guards of honour or other armed parties; and
    2. Naval Cutlasses must be of the RCN 1900 pattern (authentic or replica).
  2. Cadet Use. The cutlass shall only be sheathed and not drawn when used for public parades. At a training establishment parades / ceremonies, the cutlass may be drawn. The cutlass shall be used IAW the procedures detailed in the authorized drill manual. Cutlasses are not to be procured at public expense.

Sashes

  1. The wearing of regimental sashes is only authorized for Army Cadet Corps affiliated with Infantry units. Due to varying customs, practices, and traditional orders of dress in the Canadian Army, all Army cadets that are affiliated with a CAF Infantry unit shall wear (if authorized) the sash in the same custom as the affiliated unit.
  2. The regimental sash is symbolic of the Infantry Corps and is associated to specific rank levels and NOT functions, therefore, only cadets who possess the rank of Sergeant (Sgt) or above are authorized to wear the sash.
  3. Cadets belonging to Metis, may wear the Metis Sash as part of their uniform. These sashes are typically tied around the waist (or over the shoulder) and worn for special occasions.

Pace sticks and drill canes

  1. Pace Sticks. Pace sticks are an “aid to drill” and may be carried by cadets during the conduct of, evaluation of, and in preparation for drill lessons or practices. The pace-stick shall be used IAW the procedures detailed in the A-DH-201-000/PT-000, CAF Manual of Drill and Ceremonial.
  2. Cadets holding the following positions at a training establishment may carry a pace stick onto parade:
    1. Coxswain;
    2. Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and Sergeant Major (SM); and
    3. Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).
  3. Drill Canes. May be carried routinely and during ceremonial activities by Army Cadets serving in the position of Platoon WO or higher.
  4. Sea / Air cadets occupying senior parade positions as a course or Staff Cadet at a CTC may carry or use a drill cane.

Name tags and tapes

  1. Name Tags. Name tags shall be worn by cadets as an item of dress, and these must be obtained locally:
    1. name tags shall be standard CAF pattern, laminated and detachable. Army and sea cadets name tags are black, air cadet name tags are air force blue. Dimensions are 6.3 cm (2-1/2 in.) in length and 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) in height, inscribed with white lettering 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) high, indicating surname; and
    2. name tags may be worn with ceremonial and service orders of dress. Sea cadets may wear a name tag with training dress.
  2. Name Tapes. Name tapes may be worn by cadets on clothing requiring a name tape, at the discretion of the training establishment CO, as an optional item of dress and must be obtained locally.
    1. sea cadet name tapes are black with white lettering, army cadet name tapes are olive drab with black lettering, and air cadet name tapes are olive drab with blue lettering. Dimensions are 15 cm (6 in.) in length and 2.5 cm (1 in.) high with 1.0 cm (3/8 in.) high embroidered capital block letters indicating surname only;
    2. elemental symbols shall not be used; and
    3. name tapes may be worn with training dress.

Miscellaneous

  1. Brassards. Brassards, when ordered, shall be worn on the left arm to indicate rank (e.g., training dress with t-shirt). All other brassards, including appointments or training identifiers (course or colour patches) are to be worn on the right arm. Name tags are authorized to wear on brassards at the bottom, center.
  2. Backpacks. Authorized to be worn in uniform.
  3. Remembrance Day Symbols. The Remembrance Day poppy is authorized to be worn on all uniforms from the last Friday of October until Remembrance Day (November 11th). The poppy is to be worn on the top centre of the rank tab of the field training uniform and on the left pocket flap of the shirt and left chest of the jacket and all-season coat, see Figure 4A-1.

Sea Cadet accoutrements

  1. White webbing. Webbing consists of belt and gaiters worn together as follows:
    1. gaiters shall be worn with the scalloped edges down, buckles to the outside, tab ends to the back and tucked into retaining loops;
    2. webbing may be worn when proceeding to and from regular training by authorized cadets. Webbing shall not be worn during any other travel (e.g., to or from CTCs, exchanges, deployments, etc.);
    3. webbing may be worn by the following:
      1. guards, colour parties and other armed parties;
      2. gun crews;
      3. band members;
      4. quartermasters and members of the gangway staff;
      5. chief petty officers;
      6. coxswains;
      7. duty buglers;
      8. members of side parties; and
      9. drill teams.
    4. webbing shall only be worn with ceremonial and service orders of dress except for cadets under bayonet or cutlass training where there is a requirement to wear the web belt only, during periods of instruction;
    5. the colour of the webbing will be the issued white version only. No other colour of webbing is authorized; and
    6. when wearing webbing with the jacket, the jacket belt is removed.
  2. Lanyard. Worn only with the jacket as follows:
    1. shall be worn under the collar of the jacket (not under the shoulder straps) with the knot at the level of the first fastened button (second button of the jacket from the top). The end of the lanyard shall be tucked into the inner corner of the left breast pocket with the slack of bight of the lanyard hanging 8 cm below the top of the pocket; and
    2. when authorized to wear, the boatswain’s or gunner’s chain and call may replace the lanyard.
  3. Gunner’s Chain and Call. Worn in place of the lanyard by a single Sea cadet appointed as the Coxswain of a Sea Cadet Corps, CTC or other event or activity while serving in that capacity. No other cadet is authorized to wear the Gunner’s Chain and Call. Instructions for wear are as follows:
    1. chain is worn only under the collar of the jacket with the call tucked into the inner corner of the left breast pocket and the slack of bight of the chain hanging 8 cm below the top of the pocket when on duty;
    2. chain may be worn under the collar of the sea training uniform shirt when on duty;
    3. chain is not to be worn hanging from the belt or waist; and
    4. chain may be worn when proceeding to and from regular training by authorized cadets. They shall not be worn during any other travel (e.g., to or from CTCs, exchanges, deployments, etc) or in the mess.
  4. Boatswain’s Chain and Call. Worn in place of the lanyard by a sea cadet appointed as Chief Boatswain’s Mate of a Corps or CTC, by the quartermaster and side parties while serving in that capacity as follows:
    1. chain is worn only under the collar of the jacket with the call tucked into the inner corner of the left breast pocket and the slack of bight of the chain hanging 8 cm below the top of the pocket when worn;
    2. chain may be worn under the collar of the C5 shirt when on duty;
    3. chain is not to be worn hanging from the belt or waist; and
    4. chain may be worn when proceeding to and from regular training by authorized cadets. They shall not be worn during any other travel (e.g., to or from CTCs, exchanges, deployments, etc.) or in the mess.

Army and Air Cadet accoutrements

  1. Lanyards, Gaiters, and Cotton Gloves. These items may be authorized by the training establishment CO to be worn in ceremonial parades, drill / band competitions or as identifiers for operational positions during training (e.g., RSM, Band Director). Gaiters and cotton gloves must be white in colour. The wear of black gloves is authorized for army corps affiliated with a regiment that wears black gloves. Lanyards are worn on the left-hand side and must measure 72 to 78 cm in length and be of conservative pattern for army and air cadets. Lanyard colours are authorized as follows:
    1. Army Cadets – IAW regimental affiliation; and
    2. Air Cadets – white.
  2. White Webbing. White plastic / nylon ceremonial belt. Authorized for wear by cadets holding command positions while on parade and by members of the guard and band. A brass buckle must anchor the belt. Brass buckles with the elemental / corps / affiliated unit badge or without badge are allowed. The wear of a black belt is also acceptable for corps which affiliated unit wears a black belt. When wearing a ceremonial belt with the jacket, the jacket belt is removed.
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