Welcome to 2137 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, proudly part of the family of Calgary Highlanders

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  1. Verbal Orders

Army Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces you are not subject to Military law. Orders are not binding and you cannot be “made” to follow them. However, by joining the corps you agree to follow and respect the orders given you by Officers and Senior Cadets at the Corps. Part of learning to be a team member and a leader is the need to learn to both give and obey orders in a manner that is reasonable,


The reputation of the Canadian Aimed Forces is affected by how you look and act in public on the busses, on the street, in restaurants Always walk in a soldierly manner with your hands outside of your pockets, and keep your voice pleasant and dignified. Always be smartly dressed: don’t remove your head dress (except in a restaurant) unbutton your jacket, or loosen your tie in public. Don’t throw litter on the streets. Don’t walk around with cigarettes~ food, etc. in your hands. Always be careful that the conduct between cadets does not give you or us a bad name. Cadets should not hold hands or show other displays of affection in uniform.

Male cadets must have short haircuts tapered at the back, with the sideburns not more than halfway down the ear Male cadets may not wear ear rings at any time while in uniform. Those cadets who have ear rings must remove them during cadet activities, or if they can not be removed, due to a risk of infection, they will be covered -with a band aid during cadet time. Cadets must be clean shaven but if they can grow a satisfactory moustache in a short period of time they can apply to wear one.

Except for medic-alert bracelets, and wristwatches, Jewelry is not worn when in uniform, except that females may wear one pair of small, plain, spherical, gold stud earrings centered in the earlobe

Female cadets with long hair must wear their hair up off the collar when in uniform. If females wear eye make-up or other cosmetics, they must use it sparingly; nail polish, if worn, must be dear, not colored.


a. Forbidden Items

A number of items are not permitted to be brought to cadets. These items are common sense and possession of them will be dealt with severely and may involve the legal authorities. Items not permitted by this corps include; illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, and switchblade and non-pocket type knives

b. Theft

Theft in our society, while unpleasant, is an unfortunate fact of life. Although the corps takes what steps it can to protect personal belongings, there still remains the risk that items left unattended will go missing during cadet training. You must! ensure you take care of your personal items and kit that is issued to you. Ensure that you leave your valuable kit at home, especially during summer camps where kit security is very difficult. Valuable kit you do bring with you must be watched or locked up so ensure you have a lock available. The corps does not assume any responsibility for lost money or personal belongings, although we will take reasonable action to try to recover lost or stolen kit. Ensure that if you are a victim of theft you report it to your officer. Cadets who are found guilty of stealing, from other cadets will be interviewed with their parents by the Commanding Officer in order to decide if continued membership in the corps will take place. Discipline may include dismissal from the corps.

c. Smoking;

Cadets are not permitted to smoking during Cadet Training. Cadets found to be smoking during cadet training will be dismissed from the corps for breaking this rule. Cadets OVER the age of 18 with parents written permission are permitted to smoke ONLY on Multi- day exercises and only at allotted breaks and away from all other Cadets.
d. Swearing;

Swearing by anyone is unacceptable behavior and is not the type of behavior expected of cadets. Swearing makes the originator look bad and adds nothing to what is being said.

e. Search of Kit

Cadet’s personal kit is their personal property. However, when a case of theft is reported or when forbidden kit is suspected, staff members may require cadets to submit to a search of their personal kit by a commissioned officer or member of the military police. Kit searches are rare but may occur.


There are many different officers in a cadet corps and each one has a job to perform. As a general rule you will not deal directly with most corps officers. You are directly responsible to a senior cadet and they are responsible for you. If you have a problem or a question you should see that senior cadet first.

a. Commanding Officer

The Commanding Officer is responsible for the overall running of a cadet corps. This officer is the one that normally looks after corps funding public relations and deals with your parents concerns. All other officers in a cadet corps report to this officer. Then this officer reports to the Prairie Region Cadet Detachment in Edmonton.

b. Training Officer

The Training Officer is responsible for running the corps training program which includes weekly and weekend training. This officer gives direction to Senior Cadets and your Star Level Officer and is often seen watching cadets while they train.

c. Administration Officer

The Administration Officer is the officer that deals with all of the paperwork that a cadet corps is required to complete. This officer is the officer you see to hand in your cadet joining forms and your birth certificate or to ask for a leave of absence from cadets.

e. Star Level Officer

Your Star Level Officer is the Officer overseeing your training & until you complete recruit training. Star Level Officers are directly responsible for the successful training of their star level. Your star level officer is available to answer any questions you may have about your star level training.

f. Supply Officer

The Supply Officer takes care of issuing uniforms and maintaining and issuing corps equipment. After you have completed your recruit training you will be issued a uniform, like the one shown in the beginning of this handbook

g. Platoon Officer

Your Platoon Officer is the officer that you will have most interaction with. Your Platoon Officer is in Command of your Platoon and will speak with you regularly. Your section commander reports to the Platoon Sergeant and your Platoon Sergeant reports to the Platoon Warrant. Your Platoon Warrant Officer reports to the Platoon Officer. If it concerns a serious matter, you can always speak to the Platoon Officer directly, but address routine questions to your section commander or your Platoon Sergeant


All army cadets wear the CF green (“rifle green”) uniform. The basic uniform consists of boots, trousers, shirt, tunic, necktie and beret.. Unlike Scouts, your uniform is on loan to you free of charges but it, and any other equipment issued to you by the Cadet Corps, does not belong to you. You have to sign for almost everything you receive from the Supply Officer. Your signature is your promise to take care of the item, and to return them from where you got them. When you return items, don’t give them to “just anybody”; make sure that your signature is marked off, or that you get a receipt. When an item is found to be missing, or is needlessly damaged, a bill will be passed on to the parents of the cadet who is at fault. To prevent loss of uniform items write your name and cadet number on them with a clothing marker and remember not to leave your clothing lying around unattended.

Get your uniform ready the day before you need it. Don’t expect your mother to do your washing, ironing, sewing, or shining for you! If the uniform fits right and is properly cared for, it can look very smart. If you purchase combat clothing it must be Canadian Forces pattern. You may not mix items of combat clothing with your regular uniform. The following paragraphs explain how to care for and wear the various items of your uniform.
You will gain Highland dress after you are in the unit for a while and demonstrate that you have earned it. You will take your “Glengarry” test the first year to see if you are awarded the Glengarry and cap brass to replace your beret and RCACC cap brass
a. Head Dress:

All cadets will wear an issued beret while in uniform. You wear your beret evenly on your head. The leather sweatband is to be 2.5 cm (about the width of two fingers) above your eyebrow The crown of the beret is to be pulled downwards to the right and rear Be sure your cap badge is , centered over your left eye. Draw strings are to be tucked inside the gap of the sweatband. If your hair hangs down on your forehead you should be sure to tuck it under your beret when in uniform. You will have to form your beret to your head. These is done most easily by soaking the beret in hot water, then put on the beret with the badge over your left eye and the leather band level front and back pull the excess material down over the right side and back. Tie the strings at the back of the beret to ensure the band is the right size. Continue to wear the beret until it is reasonably dry. During cold weather training the cadet toque may be worn in lieu of the beret. The cadet toque may be worn with civilian clothing during corps field exercises. The cadet toque is worn with the RCAC badge centered on the forehead.
b. Laundering, Ironing and Dry Cleaning:

Your uniform is machine washable and will require ironing. For special occasions you may wish to take it to a dry cleaner to be professionally pressed. When ironing your pants and tunic you should use a pressing doth. A pressing doth may be a towel, a pillow case, or other piece of cloth or even an open brown paper bag. The pressing doth will prevent your tunic and pants from becoming shiny due to ironing. You should also use a pressing cloth when ironing your necktie. The creases in your trousers/slacks sharpen by use of a moist pressing cloth or by wetting the crease itself

c. Tunic & Insignia

When wearing the tunic you will always keep all pockets buttoned. Be sure all front buttons (except the top one) are also fastened. Replacement buttons can be obtained from the Supply Officer. You should keep your tunic well pressed. However, it should not have any creases. Be sure your belt is even with no twists. The black buckle of your tunic belt is to be centered. The pockets of your tunic should not bulge. A tunic fits correctly if it is not too loose or tight, the cuffs just cover the wrist, and the bottom hem touches your finger tips when you hold your arm down and lightly dose your hand. Insignia shall be positioned as shown in the diagrams. The Calgary Highlanders shoulder title is worn flush even with the shoulder seam and centered on the epaulette, with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets maple leaf below it. Insignia must be sewn neatly with matching colour thread. Do NOT use glue.
d. Trousers

Your trousers should be well pressed. Creases should be sharp but take care to avoid double creases (called railroad track Creases pants go up the front centre of each leg and extend to the waist, inside the first belt loops. Rear creases extend up the corner of the pocket Rear creases extend up the centre of the pant leg and meet in the back at the waistband, forming an upside-down “V”. Your trouser/slacks should reach the point where the crease will be slightly broken on the top of the boots. Trousers fit when the waist, crotch, and hips are comfortable, and the cuffs are long enough to conceal your socks and the tops of your boots, and they hang straight and don’t bunch up on top of your boots. Your belt is a part of your uniform and will be worn with your cadet pants.

e. Shirt

Your shirt should be nearly pressed when worn. The only crease in the shirt should be down the centre of each arm beginning at the centre of each epaulette. It may be helpful to starch the collar of the shirt to prevent it from becoming limp. Shirts are worn with a rank slip-on on each epaulette.

£ Socks

You will wear the gray wool socks which are issued to you by the Cadet Corps. If you are allergic to the material in the socks, you may wear other socks made of a suitable material and colour. Another option is to place sports socks under your issue gray socks.

g. Overcoat

Your overcoat may be worn when the weather requires it. Overcoats have removable fleece liners that may be worn as a separate jacket. Cadet rank slip-ons will be worn on the epaulets of the cadet overcoat. Your overcoat is to be kept done up whenever it is worn.

h. Necktie

You will normally only wear a necktie on parades such as the Commanding Officer’s Parade. Your necktie should be ironed and tidy. The knot should be compact and the tie done up to the collar when worn. There must be no shirt button showing above the knot. Both ends should be the same length but the narrow end should not show behind the wide end. Ties must be tied with a Windsor knot; which can be taken off without untying it

i. Boots

To shine your boots follow the following steps. Remove dust and dirt from the boot with a soft damp doth (do not use this cloth for polishing as grit on the cloth will scratch the finish of your polish). Use an old toothbrush to remove dirt from the welts. Use the toothbrush, with polish, to blacken the welts Place some cold water in the lid of your polish tin and wrap a soft Kiwi cloth around the end of your finger. Dipping your finger into the water from time to time, to keep the polish hard, apply a moderate amount of Kiwi Parade Gloss Polish to the area of the boot you will polish first. Apply the polish in a circular motion. Start with larger circles to cover the area with polish. Use smaller circles as the polish works in to the boot. Continue with the circular motion until you can no longer see the circles formed by the polish. If you see small scratch marks developing in the shine switch to a clean location on your polish cloth. You will have to continue applying coats of polish in this way until the boots have a high gloss. It will take may coats of polish and lots of patience to get the desired gloss. Polishing your boots while your watch your favorite TV program will help make polishing easier but be careful not to get the polish on anything. Considerable patience is required with new or previously unpolished boots. Many short cuts have been tried but none beat plain old elbow grease. Remember to ensure you remove all water from the top of your polish tin to avoid rusting. Also remember to cover your boots when they are not in use to avoid dust build up. The simple practice of covering your boots can save you lots of time later on. Lace your parade boots horizontally using the “Straight across Method”.

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