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Cadets are to conform with standard NZDF (New Zealand Defence Force) and NZCF (New Zealand Cadet Force) Standards and Regulations.
While a Cadet is in uniform their appearance must be of the highest standard such as:
(a) Hair must conform with service standards.
(b) Clean black shoes.
(c) Clean and pressed uniforms
(d) Clean and trimmed finger nails.
(e) Cosmetic make-up and jewellery may not be worn by Cadets (female Cadets only may wear plan studs/sleepers in their ears)
(Male Cadets may not wear any jewellery other than a watch).
NOTE : Until a Cadet is issued with a uniform, they are to wear their School uniform. In the event of a Cadet not having a school uniform, their appearance and dress must be of a HIGH standard.

Head-dress (ATC)

1.Males. The Field Service cap is to be worn with the buttons at the front and centrally above the forehead. The cap is to be tilted to the right so that the front edge is two finger widths above the right eyebrow. Hair is not to be shown on the forehead below the cap. The cap is to be pressed.

2.Females.The cap is to be worn straight across the forehead with the badge above the left eye. The front edge of the cap is to be one finger width above the left eyebrow. Hair is not to show on the forehead below the cap.

Blue Jersey (Never iron directly onto your Jersey)

Single crease on each sleeve from top epaulette (center) to cuffs at the bottom. (Iron using medium heat and pressing firmly onto a damp linen tea towel).

Press everywhere else to be free of hair/fluff and dirt.


The shirt is to be worn with only the top button undone. If the shirt is worn without a sweater, embellishments, brassard and name tag are to be worn on the shirt.

The shirt is to be ironed and the sleeves are to have a crease pressed into them on the outside of the arm from the epaulette sleeve edge. Shirts should be washed after each wearing.

Name Tag

The name tag is to show the first and surname only. Lettering to be white on a black background. The name tag is worn centrally above the right breast pocket of the shirt or the equivalent position on the sweater.

Trousers (Applies to both male and female)

Trousers are to be pressed with the creases extending from the waistband to the cuff at the front and back of each leg.

Skirt (ATC)

When the skirt is first received on issue, it is to be adjusted to mid-knee length. The skirt is worn with the pleat at the front and in the centre. The skirt is to be ironed and pleat creases pressed.

Pressing your Skirt (Never iron directly onto your skirt)

Skirts to be neatly pressed all round.

No creases.

Ensure that the skirt is the correct length.

When kneeling the hem should touch the ground.


The wearing of pantyhose by female officers and cadets is to comply with the following rules:

a.Pantyhose are to be worn at all times with SD uniform.

b.The wearing of pantyhose is optional with working dress when either sandals or court shoes are worn.

c.The wearing of pantyhose is compulsory when the unit is parading in public.

d.The wearing of pantyhose is normally required when lace up shoes are worn. The Unit Commander may, when extreme climates prevail, permit female members of the unit to wear lace up shoes without pantyhose on routine unit parades. When such dispensation is given it must apply to all female unit members (i.e dress-of-the-day does not include pantyhose).


Shoe uppers are to be shined and the edges of the sole are to be blackened and clean. When civilian-sourced shoes are worn, the shoes must be all black with no coloured stitching or laces.


The belt is to be worn with the buckle central and the tail to the left. The position of the buckle on the belt is to be adjusted so that the tail only extends past the first belt loop when the belt is buckled.

Rank Slide  (Never iron directly onto your Rank slide)

Press flat (Hint: iron on the back).

All other embellishment to be pressed flat.

Cadet officers and members may not wear a combination of uniform and civilian clothes except when transiting to and from cadet activities when the following is acceptable:

  • rain-coats, parkas and gloves of a civilian pattern may be worn over and with a uniform,
  • a helmet must be worn when riding a bicycle or motorcycle,
  • protective clothing and equipment, such as overalls and ear-defenders may be worn with uniform in a working environment. The protective gear is to be removed when leaving the working area.

No bulky objects such as combs, pens, wallets, cigarettes, lighters, glasses-case, purses etc should be visible in the pockets. Wedding, engagement or plain signet rings only may be worn. Trinkets, necklets and chains when worn, must not be visible. Earrings or studs may be worn by females, but they are limited to one pair of plain design and are to be worn in the ear lobe only. Males are not permitted to wear any earrings or studs. Any other body rings or studs, when worn, must not be visible.

It is YOUR responsibility to be able to wear the uniform correctly and maintain it. In the public eye people see you as the parent service (Air Force) and it is important that you are smartly turned out on all occasions when wearing the correct uniform. First impressions last and poor appearance indicates a lack of self-discipline and pride.


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