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Wearing of Uniform in Public

The wearing of uniform in public demands the highest standards of dress, bearing and behaviour. This is because, you are effectively representing the RAFAC and the RAF and therefore, you should not bring either into disrepute.

Occasions for Use

The following occasions for use are laid out in AP1358C:
  • Occasions on which uniforms should generally be worn:
    1. On duty within the RAFAC unit
    2. On duty outside the RAFAC unit (e.g - working parties)
    3. Representing the RAFAC (e.g - during visits to affiliates (e.g - RAFA))
    4. At events sponsored by service-related organisations (e.g - RAFA Wings Collection)
    5. Participating in military parades (e.g - Remembrance Parade)
    6. Participating in Royal events (e.g - parades for foreign Royalty or Heads of State)
    7. On specific occasions designated by Staff
  • Occasions on which wearing uniform is encouraged:
    1. Travelling from place of duty to place of duty (irrespective of the method of travel)
    2. Travelling to and from residence to place of duty (irrespective of the method of travel)
    3. When authorised by Staff
  • Occasions on which uniform is not to be worn:
    1. Visits to licensed premises, except when specifically approved by Staff
    2. Representing a third party (e.g - part-time employment outside of working hours)
    3. Functions where fancy dress is worn
    4. Carnival processions and other occasions where the reputation or political impartiality of the RAFAC might be bought into question
    5. Hitchhiking
  • Other Information

  • When off-duty, RAFAC personnel should wear civilian clothing
  • Except when serving with the British Armed Forces, RAFAC personnel are not to wear uniform whilst in a foreign country, without having gained permission from the Service representative in that country
  • Whilst all the information above is to be followed most of the time, adjustments should be made according to the current security concerns 
  • Types of uniform

    No. 1 Service Dress (No. 1 SD)

    No. 1 Service Dress uniform consists of:

    • No. 1 SD Airman/woman hat (Cadets in the ATC wear the ATC cap badge/Cadets in the CCF wear the RAF cap badge)
    • No. 1 SD Jacket
    • Gloves (black for SNCO's and brown for WO's)
    • Long-sleeved Wedgewood shirt
    • Black tie
    • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear skirts (with tights) or trousers)
    • Parade shoes

    The No. 1 SD uniform is worn for formal events and parades, such as Remembrance Parades. It is only worn by Cadets when ordered to do so by an Officer. Even then, it is predominantly worn by SNCO's and WO's. 

    No. 1 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt

    No. 1 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt
    No. 1 SD, Female, Cdt Sgt

    No. 1 SD, Female, Cdt Sgt

    No. 2 (Full) Service Working Dress (No. 2 (Full) SD)

    No. 2 (Full) Service Working Dress uniform consists of:
  • Beret
  • Jumper
  • Brassard
  • Long-sleeved Wedgewood shirt
  • Black tie
  • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear skirts (with tights) or trousers)
  • Parade shoes
  • The No. 2 (Full) SD uniform is worn indoors and outdoors as routine working dress throughout the year
    No. 2 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with ceremonial belt)

    No. 2 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with ceremonial belt)

    No. 2 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt

    No. 2 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt

    No. 2 SD, Female, Cdt Sgt

    No. 2 SD, Female, Cdt Sgt

    No. 2A Service Working Dress (No. 2A SD)

    No. 2A Service Working Dress consists of:
    • Beret
    • Long-sleeved Wedgewood shirt
    • Brassard
    • Black tie
    • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear skirts (with tights) or trousers)
    • Parade shoes
    Uniform Notes:
    • Stable belts may be worn with this uniform, with permission from Staff
    • The No. 2A SD uniform is worn indoors and outdoors as routine working dress throughout the year
    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with ceremonial belt)

    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with ceremonial belt)

    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with standard belt)

    No. 2A SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with standard belt)

    No. 2C Service Working Dress (No. 2C SD)

    No. 2C Service Working Dress consists of:
    • Beret
    • Jumper
    • Long-sleeved dark blue shirt
    • Brassard
    • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear skirts (with tights) or trousers)
    • Parade shoes
    Uniform Notes:
    • Stable belts may be worn with this uniform, with permission from Staff
    • A tie is never worn with this uniform
    • Jumpers may be worn with this uniform
    • The dark blue shirt can be worn with sleeves rolled up  (above the elbow) or down
    • The No. 2C SD uniform is worn indoors or outdoors as routine working dress throughout the year
    No. 2C SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 2C SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 2C SD, Female, Cdt Sgt (with jumper)

    No. 2C SD, Female, Cdt Sgt (with jumper)

    No. 2C SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with standard belt)

    No. 2C SD, Male, Cdt Sgt (with standard belt)

    No. 3 Service Dress - Operational (No. 3 SD)

    No. 3 Service Dress consists of:
    Beret
    Field jacket
    Shirt
    T-shirt/base layer (olive green)
    Trousers
    Boots (black for DPM/MTP, brown for MTP only)
    Uniform Notes:
    Stable belts may be worn with this uniform, with the permission of Staff (except in the field)
    Gloves may be worn, if appropriate to the task (black)
    There are two colour styles of No. 3 SD: DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material - dark green) and MTP (Multi-Terrain pattern - light green)
    There are two clothing styles of No. 3 SD: CS95 (Combat Soldier 95 - buttons) and PCS (Personal Clothing System - velcro)
    A lightweight Gore-Tex jacket may be worn, if appropriate
    Shirt sleeves can be worn up (above the elbow) or down, depending on weather/OC's discretion
    Air Cadet identifier is to be worn by all Cadets, immediately above the right breast pocket on the tunic on DPM
    No. 3 SD uniform is worn on all field and shooting exercises

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with olive green belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with olive green belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Female, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Female, Cdt Sgt (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Female, Cdt Sgt (with olive green belt)

    No. 3 SD (short sleeved), Female, Cdt Sgt (with olive green belt)

    No. 3 SD (long sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (long sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with RAF stable belt)

    No. 3 SD (long sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with olive green belt)

    No. 3 SD (long sleeved), Male, Cdt Cpl (with olive green belt)

    No. 4 Service Dress - Mess Dress (No. 4 SD)

    ​No. 4 Service Dress consists of:
    • Marcella white shirt 
    • Black bow tie
    • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear dresses (with tights) or trousers
    • Parade shoes
    Uniform Notes:
    • No. 4 SD uniform is worn for formal evening events
    No. 4 SD, Male, Cdt

    No. 4 SD, Male, Cdt

    No. 14 Dress

    No. 14 Dress consists of:
    • Flight suit
    Uniform Notes:
    • No. 14 Dress is the flying clothing worn by pilots, instructors and Cadets during air experience flights
    • Qualified Aerospace Instructor cadets are also authorised to wear this uniform
    • Cadet Staff at the Air Operations Acquaintance Centre (AOAC) are authorised to wear this uniform
    • Typically, the No. 2C SD or No. 3 SD is worn underneath the No. 14 Dress when worn by Cadets for AEF/VGS. When worn by instructors/staff, a pair of trousers and an appropriate t-shirt is usually worn
    No. 14, Male, Cdt Sgt (no badges)

    No. 14, Male, Cdt Sgt (no badges)

    No. 14, Male, Cdt Sgt (with badges)

    No. 14, Male, Cdt Sgt (with badges)

    Coveralls (Not routinely issued to Cadets)

    Coveralls are usually worn by new Cadets that have not been given their uniforms yet, or when blue uniforms have to be covered up

    Coveralls, Male, Cdt

    Coveralls, Male, Cdt

    Coveralls, Female, Cdt

    Coveralls, Female, Cdt

    Text adapted from AP1358C (2017 edition)- Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence © Crown Copyright 2018
    All uniform illustrations from Air Cadet Central

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