Occasionally you add a piece to your collection that you just really like, everything about it pushes your buttons and you are delighted to be able to own it. Today’s piece of uniform ticks all the boxes for me- it is weird and unusual and has a cracking array of insignia on it and displays really well.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets were formed in the Second World War as a pre-joining cadet programme for the the RCAF. Over time it has morphed into a youth training scheme, empahsising leadership, adventurous training, survival training and the usual aspects of drill and aeronautical training. The cadets’ uniform is unique, but the colour is clearly the same as that used by the RCAF and the RAF. The parade jacket is a long sleeved bush jacket made of a heavy duty poly cotton:
On each breast is a pleated pocket, with a top flap secured with a single button and distinctive angled cuts to each corner:
Note also the white lanyard worn over the left shoulder and secured under the left breast pocket. A second pair of patch pockets are fitted to the skirts, again with the same cut of top flap:
A waistbelt is fitted to the tunic, with a blue plastic buckle:
It is the insignia, however, that really makes this tunic and there is a lot of it! Above the right pocket is a blue name tag for ‘Ho’ that is secured by a pair of pins and clutch fasteners on the inside of the tunic:
Above this is a small bronze pin badge for the ‘Year of the Veteran, 2005’ in English and French:
On the cuff of the right sleeve is a First Aid qualification patch:
The left sleeve has a sergeant’s rank insignia and a large badge for the Cadet unit at the top of the sleeve:
Challenger Squadron received its name in 1978 and was based out of the Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver, British Columbia. The unit was renamed in 2010. At the base of the left sleeve are more patches:
Top to bottom these badges are: Top- Military Band, Basic musician, Middle- Proficiency Level II, Bottom- Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level Excellence.
The label for the jacket is sewn into the rear and dates the jacket to 1992 and has care instructions with an NSN number:
The jacket is worn with a shirt and tie and a Field Service type cap: