CF Uniforms

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This is required equipment for NATO Canadian Forces participants.


Canadian Forces attendees are to have a minimum of 3 complete sets of Canadian Forces Combat Uniforms in olive drab.

  • Correct name tapes must be sewn on.
  • Uniforms must be the standard CF pattern not commercial BDU cut, Raid mod, ACU cut, or anything else.
  • The later Cadpat uniform is not acceptable.

How to Properly Wear the Canadian Combat Uniform ("Combats")

The Canadian Uniform worn at East Wind portrays that of a Canadian unit deployed overseas. As such, the Canadian Flag on the left shoulder of the Combat Shirt is red and white as opposed to the subdued Canadian Flag worn domestically.

Epaulettes or slip-ons were always worn on the combat shirt to denote which element, trade or regiment a soldier was with. Epaulettes for the fictitious "South Manitoba Rifles" (S Man Rif) and "Loyal Alberta Light Infantry" (LALI) infantry regiments are preferred, but the generic "CANADA" epaulettes can be substituted.

Rank (as assigned) will be sewn onto the arms of your combat shirt. The rank badge is worn centered and mid-way between the elbow and the shoulder seam. An easy way to approximate this is to fold the epaulette holder down the arm and put the tip of it over the middle of the rank badge its self. Care must be taken to make ensure the badge is centered AND that the rank is the same height on both sides.

While trained Privates who had not yet been promoted and given their first chevron (or "hook") were possible, they would have been rare in any Canadian Unit deployed operationally. As such, to accurately portray a Canadian Unit operationally deployed overseas rank badges will be worn as assigned.

Sew on nametapes were normally worn on the combat shirt. They are approximately one and a half inches above the right breast pocket and centered.

In most Canadian Rifle and Light Infantry Regiments, junior (Master Corporal to Chief Warrant Officer) and senior leaders (Officers) typically wore a lanyard. Junior and senior leaders from both the S Man Rif and LALI regiments wear a black lanyards on the right shoulder.

Buttons on all pockets were done up at all times.

Some soldiers removed the waist drawstring in their uniforms, some didn't. For those who kept them, the draw string from the left went through the button hole in the combat shirt its self, while the draw string from the right went under the material the button was sewn onto. The draw string was tied together firmly in a bow and the "loops" from that bow were pulled to bring the ends of each draw string to the hub of the knot. Then an index finder was put through both loops and rotated in a twisting motion to wind up both loops together, and which point they were put over the shirt button which was in turn buttoned up. This kept the draw string fastened and out of the way.

Normally, soldiers wore their issued CF belt which was the same belt worn with their dress uniform. However, in the field in particular, it was not uncommon to see soldiers who used a riggers belt or who wore suspenders to hold up their pants.

Boots were normally bloused. The only exceptions (which were only when permitted) were on long ruck marches or in hot weather where the pant legs were let down. Properly bloused boots, consist of a "boot band" or "gator" around the leg just above the top of the combat boot. The pant leg was then rolled, folded or stuffed underneath the boot band to blouse the combat pants above the boot.


Surplus uniforms have long since lost the infra red treatment they all had on original issue. As such, fabric softeners can be used when washing/drying but note that they do sap colour. Normal detergents can be used in warm or cold water. Do not use bleach.


The original O.D. Canadian Combats and other issued kit can be obtained from a number of surplus stores and online sellers. Things to watch for - obvious holes, ink stains, blown pant zippers (on the fly) and threadbare areas (typically on the front of the legs above the knee, though sometimes on the back around the shoulders as well.

Local Sources (Manitioba)

Local Sources (Alberta)

Online Sources