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General. In accordance with (QR) Cadets 5.20, the deportment and appearance of all cadets, in uniform or when wearing civilian attire, shall on all occasions reflect credit on the Cadet Program and the individual.

Behaviour. When  in  uniform,  cadets shall  conduct themselves  in  a  manner  which  projects  a positive  public  appearance. Behaviour  such  as  chewing  gum, use  of  electronic  devices  while  walking, placing hands in pockets and walking hand in hand, is prohibited.

Cadet Presence. Cadets in uniform shall be well groomed, with footwear cleaned and shone, and uniform cleaned and properly pressed. In particular, buttons, fasteners and zippers shall be kept closed; pockets shall not be bulged; items such as personal mobile devices, portable electronics, glasses, glass cases, sunglasses, pens, pencils, key rings or paper shall not be visibly extended, protrude from pockets or be suspended from waist belts; headphones shall not be worn; ear buds may be worn when travelling on transport only. Cadets wearing civilian clothes during cadet activities shall dress and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively as members of the Cadet Program.

Personal Appearance 


  • Hair on the head shall be neatly groomed and conservatively styled.

  • The length, bulk or style of hair shall not detract from a positive appearance or preclude the proper wear of cadet headdress. (Bulk is the distance that the mass of hair extends from the skin, when groomed, as opposed to the length of hair.)

  • In particular,  style and colour  shall not present a bizarre, exaggerated, or  unusual appearance.

  • Unusual colours, such as green, bright red, orange, purple, etc. are not permitted.

  • Hair must be secured or styled back to reveal the face, and any accessories used to secure or control hair styles shall be as unobtrusive as possible.

  • Hair ornaments shall not be worn, except female’s conservative hair clip.

  • Cadets may use hair-gel or hairspray as a personal choice, but must not be mandated to do so.

Male Hair Standards

Male Hair Standards


Hair: Hair shall be taper-trimmed at the back, sides, and above the ears to blend with the hair-style; be no more than 15 cm (6 in.) in length and sufficiently short that, when the hair is groomed  and headdress is removed, no hair shall touch the ears or fall below the top of the eyebrows; be no more than 4 cm (1-1/2 in.) in bulk at the top of the head, gradually decreasing to blend with the taper-trimmed sides and back; and be kept free from the  neck to a distance of 2.5 cm (1  in.) above the shirt collar. Taper trimmed square back styles and shaving of all the hair on the head are permitted.

Sideburns: Sideburns shall not extend below a line horizontally bisecting the ear, and shall be squared off horizontally at the  bottom edge and taper-trimmed to conform to the overall hair style.

Beards: Beards shall be worn with a moustache,  kept neatly trimmed, especially on the lower neck and cheekbones; not exceed 2 cm in bulk. Cadets  shall,  on  their  own  accord  or  upon  direction  from  their  CO  shave  off unsuccessful  attempts  to  grow  a  beard  unless  beard is grown  due  to  an accommodation.

Moustaches: When moustaches are worn alone, the unshaven portion  of  the  face  shall  not  extend  outwards  beyond  the  corners  of  the  mouth. Moustaches shall be kept neatly trimmed; not be greater than 2 cm in bulk (not extend below the corners of the mouth).

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Female Hair Standard

Female Hair Standards


Hair: Hair shall not extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar. Exaggerated styles, including those with excessive fullness or extreme height, are not authorized.

Pony Tails: If worn, shall be styled conservatively and tied tightly  by a knot or a small unadorned fastener. A pony tail shall be worn in the centre of the back.

Braids: If worn, shall be styled conservatively and tied tightly: secured  at  the end  by  a  knot  or  a  small  unadorned  fastener.  A  second  small unadorned fastener may be used to secure the top of the braid. 

  • A single braid shall be  worn  in  the  centre  of  the  back.

  • Double  braids  shall  be  worn  behind  the shoulders. Hair shall be a  maximum length  when  gathered behind the head  and braided  which  does  not  extend  below  the  top  of  the  armpit. 

  • Multiple  braids (cornrows), shall be directed toward the back of the head, pulled tight to the head and secured at the end by a knot or a small-unadorned fastener. A second small unadorned fastener may  be used to secure the top of the  braid. Multiple braids extending below the lower edge of the collar are to be gathered in a  bun.  With  the  permission  of  a  CO,  a  reasonable  period  may  be  authorized  in order to transition from short to long hairstyles, during which time hair may extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar; all the while maintaining a positive military appearance and subject to the cadet’s safety.



Cadets may wear a wrist watch, a Medical Alert identifier and a maximum of two rings which are not of a costume jewelry nature.


Piercings: Cadets in uniform may wear a single pair of plain gold, silver stud, white diamond, or pearl earrings in pierced ears. The single stud earring, worn in the centre of each earlobe, shall be spherical in shape and shall not exceed 0.6 cm in diameter. In addition to authorized earrings in pierced ears, conservative, non-visible, clear body piercing adornments are permitted to be worn by cadets in uniform or during cadet activities in civilian clothing.


Body Adornment

Make-up: Cadets are authorized  to  wear  a minimal amount of make-up. During  cadet activities, make-up shall be applied conservatively. The use of false eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, brightly coloured eye shadow, coloured nail polish, bright or vivid lipstick and excessive facial make-up is not authorized.

Body  Tattoos: Cadets  shall  not  display  visible  tattoos  that  could  be  deemed  to  be  offensive  or otherwise reflect discredit on the Cadet Program.



Cadets,  who  normally  wear  eyeglasses,  may  wear  either  conventionally  framed  prescription sunglasses or conservatively styled clip-on sunglasses when conditions and circumstances dictate.

Other cadets may wear conservatively styled sunglasses, which do not detract from the overall appearance of the uniform  when  conditions  and  circumstances  dictate.

Sunglasses  shall  not  be  worn  on  parade  unless authorized by the CO in special circumstances.

Sunglasses with mirrored lenses are not authorized for wear.

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