All Uniformed Staff and Cadets wear uniforms, based upon those worn by the regular Royal Air Force. Officers follow the RAF dress regulations, being members of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, while SNCOs, WO’s and Cadets currently follow the Air Training Crops regulations. While the regulations are similar, there are some differences in naming conventions and permitted modes of dress. As with the RAF, there are several modes of dress, depending upon the circumstances they are worn.
No 1 Service Dress Uniform (No 1 SD). No 1 SD is to be worn by Officers and, when ordered, SNCO’s and WO’s. It is worn for formal parades and events. Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets, Region and Corps band members may also wear full No. 1 SD, when participating in official activities. No 1 SD uniform consists of jacket, trousers (slacks or skirt for female personnel) and long sleeve Wedgwood (Light) blue shirt, with tie. No 1 SD hats are worn, with cadets wearing Airman’s or Airwoman’s hats with the ATC Badge. Officers and WO’s wear brown gloves, SNCO’s wear black gloves.
No 2 (Full) Service Working Dress (No 2 SD). No 2 SD is jersey, trousers (slacks or skirt for female personnel) and Wedgwood blue long sleeve shirt, with or without tie. All personnel may wear No 2 SD indoors and outdoors, as a routine working dress, throughout the year. Officers may wear the No 1 SD hat or forage cap, WO’s and SNCO’s may wear berets,the No 1 SD hat or forage cap.
No 2A (Long Sleeved) Routine Working Dress Uniform (No 2A SD). No 2A SD is long-sleeved Wedgwood shirt no jersey mode and is always worn with tie. All personnel may wear No 2 SD indoors and outdoors, as a routine working dress, throughout the year.
Cadets wear No 2 SD or No 2A SD when participating in formal parades and events, or may wear it as standard dress. Cadets will always wear a tie when on formal parades. This mode of dress (With tie) is also referred to as “Cadet No 1 Service Dress” and is the standard form of No 1 Service Dress for cadets. Berets are worn. Female cadets may wear either skirt or slacks, provided uniformity in maintained (All female cadets wearing the same), as such skirts are more commonly worn.
No 2B (Short Sleeved) Routine Working Dress Uniform (No 2B SD). No 2B SD is short-sleeved Wedgwood shirt mode and is never worn with tie. Uniformed staff wear this as a routine working dress, throughout the year.
No 2C (Working Dark Blue) Routine Working Dress Uniform (No 2C SD). No 2C SD is jersey, trousers (slacks or skirt for female cadets) and long-sleeved dark blue working shirt, which is never worn with tie. If the jersey is not worn, sleeves can be rolled up neatly above the elbow; the brassard is to be worn over the folded sleeve.
Cadets wear No 2C SD as standard working dress. It is not worn by uniformed staff. This mode of dress is also referred to as “Cadet Working Dress” and is the standard form of No 2 Working Dress for cadets.
No 3 Service Dress Operational Clothing: Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) and Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP). Comprises of DPM (CS95 style) and MTP (PCS Style), which is to be worn on all field exercises and shooting exercises in the range. Backed rank slides may be worn by Officers, only the RAF blue rank slides are authorised for wear by NCOs. Gilt pins must be worn by Officers and Adult NCOs. Berets are worn by all ranks.
Different pattern materials are not to be mixed. i.e. DPM trousers should not be worn with an MTP jacket. The only current exception is for water-proof outerwear, where DMP over MTP is authorised.
The lightweight jacket is to be tucked into the trousers and can be worn with sleeves rolled up or down. The field jacket is to be untucked and unfolded.
The Air Cadet Force Identifier patch is to be worn by all cadets, SNCO’s and WO’s. It is to be affixed centrally and immediately above the right hand breast pocket of the DPM field jacket and shirts only. Officers wear the RAF Force Identifier, in the same position.
The Air Cadet Tactical Recognition Flash, TRF, is to be worn by all cadets on the field jacket and shirts. The TRF is to be sewn centrally on the right sleeve with the top edge 7.5cms below the shoulder seam. SNCO’s and WO’s wear a different TRF, in the same position and officers wear the RAF TRF.
No 4 Service Dress (No 4 SD) Optional Mess Dress. No 4 SD is an interim mess dress, for those staff who do not have No 5s and for cadets. The No 4 is the jacket and trousers (skirt or slacks) of the No 1 uniform, worn with a white Marcella shirt and black bow tie. For cadets, the jacket is not worn, but may be replaced with a jersey.
No 5 Service Dress Mess Dress. No 5 SD is a full mess dress and may be acquired privately by staff for functions.
No 14 Dress Flying Clothing. No 14 is the flying clothing worn by pilots and instructors on AEF’s and VGS’s. The standard dress consists of an olive green flying suit. Cold weather jacket and trousers may be worn, or a DPM field jacket, in inclement weather.