Sea Cadet Uniform Guides

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Wear it with PRIDE!

Your uniform is the first thing that makes you identifiable as a Sea Cadet.   When you wear your uniform, you stand out and people will notice you.  It is important to always look your best in uniform.  When you wear the uniform, you represent RCSCC GRILSE, and Sea Cadets in general.  You need to represent us with pride, and having a good-looking and properly worn uniform is a very important part of showing that pride.


Dress Regulations

The official Sea Cadet Dress Regulations can be found in CATO 35-01.  There is a lot of information there, as it is the official policy for when and how to wear your uniform.


Orders of Dress

Which uniform do you wear for different activities?  Our Monthly Routine Orders will tell you for most activities what you should wear.  Certain activities will have Warning Orders which will also tell you which order of dress to wear.  Each different version of the uniform is called an Order of Dress.  This table will tell you what each one means.  These are the orders that may normally be authorized at the Corps.  For a complete list with diagrams, consult CATO 35-01 Annex A.

Order Number


Worn For

C1 Ceremonial Uniform White top cap, tunic, lanyard, gunshirt, pants, black belt, boots, grey wool socks.Name tag not worn unless specially directed (put it in your pocket just in case!)Full medals if you have been awarded any.  Ceremonial parades, special occassions.
C2 Mess Dress White top cap, tunic, lanyard, white dress shirt, black bow tie (male) or black cross-over tie (female), pants, belt, boots, grey wool socks.Name tag.  Full medals if you have been awarded any.  NOTE: this is an optional order of dress, shirt and tie are not issued and are obtained at the Cadet’s own expense.  No cadet should be required to acquire a white shirt and bow tie or cross-over tie. Cadets can wear the C2 order of dress in the same circumstances. Mess dinners, formal dinners, other occasions as authorized.
C3 Service Dress White top cap, tunic, lanyard, gunshirt, pants, belt, boots, grey wool socks.Name tag.  Ribbon version of medals if you have been awarded any. Regular parades, non-ceremonial public events.
C3A Service Dress – Gunshirt Same as C3 except without tunic.No name tags or medals / ribbons.Rank badge on gunshirt. As directed, usually in warm weather.
C4 (or STU) Sea Training Uniform Cadet-issued black baseball cap, blue long sleeve shirt, pants, black belt, boots, grey wool socks.Rank slip-ons on shoulder epaulattes. Name tag.No ribbons or medals.Sleeves may be neatly folded up in warm weather.  Regular training nights.


Badge Placement

Badges are to be sewn on your uniform in accordance with the instructions in CATO 35-01, Annex F, Appendix 5.

You can download and print this handy guide to badge placement:




Sea Training Unifom (STU)

STU Quick Reference Guidelines are here.


Name Tag

Learn where to place your name tag here.


Sea Cadet Uniform Care Videos

The following uniform care tutorial videos have been posted by our friends at 195 RCSCC BICKNELL in Richmond.  If you have a uniform care video you would like to share, please contact our webmaster.


How To Sew Cadet Badges



How To Tie A Cap Tally #1



How To Tie A Cap Tally #2



How To Iron Pants Part 1



How To Iron Pants Part 2



How To Iron Your Gunshirt Part 1



How To Iron Your Gunshirt Part 2



How To Iron Your Sea Training Uniform Shirt



How To Polish Your Boots



How To Clean Your White Top Cap



How To Clean Your Lanyard, White Belt, Gaitors and White Top Cap



Haircuts For Males



Hair Styling For Females




Monthly Routine Orders can be found here:

MROs Page

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