Uniform Types

All Staff and Cadets wear uniforms based on those worn by the regular Royal Air Force. As a Cadet, you will be issued with several uniforms. The order of dress will very much depend on the activity that is taking place. 
 
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. ​

PictureNo. 1 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt

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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

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

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No. 2 SD, Male, Cdt Sgt

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

  • No. 1 SD jacket (Staff only)
  • Marcella white shirt 
  • Black bow tie
  • Trousers (female Cadets are entitled to wear skirts (with tights) or trousers
  • Parade shoes

Uniform Notes:

  • No. 4 SD uniform is worn for formal evening events

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No. 4 SD, Male, Adult Sgt

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No. 4 SD, Male, Cdt
 

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

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 Coveralls, Male, Cdt 

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 Coveralls, Female, Cdt 
 

Text adapted from AP1358C (2017 edition)– Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence © Crown Copyright 2017
Disclaimer – the information on this page was correct at the time of writing. Whilst the information is based on AP1358C, I have added in a few extra items of information