How to Get Ready for Air Cadets

There is quite a lot of preparation needed to get ready for Air Cadets and if you're at a loss for what to do, reading up before getting started can give you the good foundation needed. When you're across everything and have fully prepared, it's quite possible that you'll earn extra marks in your presentation.


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    Pull your hair back to get it out of your face.
    • If you have short hair, there isn't much to do. Just make sure all bits of hair are out of your face and you have a clear path to see. If you have long bangs, be careful when clipping them back. Your hat may irritate the clips or bobby pins.
    • If you have long hair, a good, strong hair gel or hair spray is needed. You can also try getting an elastic and putting it in a ponytail. Use bobby pins to pin back excess hair (eg a fringe, or layers) because the last thing you want is flyways whilst on parade, right? Grab a fine toothed comb, and tightly pull back your hair, and put either hair gel or spray all over your head. Tie your hair into a ponytail, then run your hand under the tap and dampen the hair coming out of the elastic and twist around the elastic to create a bun. Tie it off by putting in another elastic, then put a hair or bun net over the bun only. If needed, use more gel (V05 hair gum or clay is amazing) or spray or bobby pins. Also, make sure the bun is low enough so your beret fits over your head without coming down to your nose.
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    Adjust makeup if you need to. No makeup is usually allowed on cadet nights. Of course if you have a massive breakout on your forehead, you may cover that with concealer lightly. Heavy eye makeup is prohibited in most cases. Even if you're allowed to wear it, don't push it. It looks unprofessional and will gain the wrong kind of attention.
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    Put on your uniform. Determine which uniform you need to wear for that night, whether it be light blues, dark blues or DMP/MTP(greens). Whichever you need to wear that night, iron it perfectly. There are videos on YouTube explaining how to iron uniform properly, so watch those for a good idea on how to do so.
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    Shine your shoes if needed and put them on. Your parade shoes need to be glassy at the toe cap and gleaming around the rest of the shoe. Black Kiwi show polish is the best to use not parade gloss this will leave a white tint to your shoes. Polish your shoes until they are perfect. For combat boots, clean them off and slightly polish the cap.
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    Organize your notebooks, or what you need for lectures that night. You should have lectures one a month or more, so take a plain colored backpack to put your books in.
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    Gather anything else you might need. In the backpack, also take some essentials. Girls may need to take sanitary items if it is needed, also it's good to take extra pins or gel In case of loose hair. Take a bottle of water in the summer you will get hot.
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    Double check that you're completely ready. If there is anything else that you need to do or take with you, do so. It is recommended that you should allow time to get ready for cadets––never rush it.


  • Don't be afraid to ask another girl cadet for tips.
  • Allow time to get ready.


  • Don't wear excessive makeup.
  • Don't wear jewellery. You can wear a help for heros band.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair gel
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins/Kirby grips
  • Hair net
  • Hair elastics
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Shoe polish
  • Fine tooth comb

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