Retired Members May Wear Mess Dress

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Canadian Forces Dress Instructions Chapter Two, Section One, Paragraph 31b

Retired Members.

  • Mess Dress (No 2). The wear of Mess Dress (No 2 or 2A only) after release is permitted. Former members are to wear the style of Mess Dress authorized by their Branch/Corps or Regiment at the time of their release, this includes their rank, decorations, skill insignia which they were entitled to. To distinguish retired members from serving members, retired members are to wear the distinctive CAF Retiree Insignia on the lower left sleeve of the mess dress jacket 1.5 cm above the cuff, or any embellishment including PO1/WO, CPO2/MWO or CPO1/CWO rank insignia.

While the instruction refers to the “distinctive CAF Retiree insignia”, there is no explanation or example

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