CAP BADGES

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FORAGE CAP BADGES
In 1994 the Forage Cap was introduced when the Air Corps changed to the blue uniform.  The first set of badges had a "Purple" border this  changed to "Blue" in late 1997.   The thread used in the Forage cap badge is a grey matt.  
These badges are also worn on the black beret which is only worn with DPM uniform.

 

Armn / Cpl   1994

Sgt / FQMS / Flt Sgt

RQMS / RSM

Officer

No Badge Produced

Armn / Cpl   1997

Sgt / FQMS / Flt Sgt

RQMS / RSM

Officer

 

 PEAK CAP BADGES
In 1994 the Peak Cap was introduced.  The first set of badges had a "Purple" border  and a smooth backing this was later changed to a blue border with a ribbed backing (like the forage cap).   The thread used in the Peak cap badge is a glitter silver. 
It was intended to have this badge in silver bullion and cut to shape rather than oval.

Armn / Cpl   1994

Sgt / FQMS / Flt Sgt

RQMS / RSM

Officer

No badge produced

Armn / Cpl   2007

Sgt / FQMS / Flt Sgt

RQMS / RSM

Officer

 

VARIATIONS

The badges shown in this section are all variations since 1994 and in most cases private purchase and not issue.

 Generals /  Colonels
Since 2003 (50x54mm)
Generals  (Beret)
2014 (40x45mm)
Brig Gen  /  Colonels
Pre 2003
Brig Gen  /  Colonels
Pre 2003
Officers
Forage & Cap
Pipe Band
 1997
Pipe Band
 2002

WINGS CEREMONY 1994

UNOFFICIAL BADGE-RQMS/RSM

Armn / Cpl
Wedding Set

Sgt / FQMS / Flt Sgt
Wedding Set

RQMS / RSM
Wedding Set

Generals Dress Cap  UNOFFICIAL BADGE - OFFICERS  RSM (Beret/Peak)
Aug 2014
Generals / Colonels  (Beret)
Aug  2014 (40x45mm)

NOTES:

Forage Cap:
1994 Series: Note that for some reason there was no RSM badge with a purple border only a blue border.
1997 Series: Note that no officers badge was manufactured  in this variation as the 1994 series were still in stock.

Peak Cap:
1994 
A manufacturing error put a blue centre on the RQMS/RSM badge which was not corrected until 2006 when the error stock ran out.
2007  Note no officers badge was manufactured in this variation because the design had changed.  The thread is still silver thread.

Variations:
The badges shown in this section are all variations since 1994 and in most cases private purchase and not issue.

GENERAL / COLONELS BADGE
Brig Gen J. O'Brien had the badge variation shown below made for wear on his forage and peak cap. 
Due to the design and quality of the badge it was adopted by the officers as their peak and forage badge in 2003.
The interesting thing is that the design is in fact the same as the Pipe Band badge and not the official officers badge.

Before 2003 the GOC and Gp Comdr added a small addition to their Forage and cap badges in the form of a  "RED BORDER".   The system continued with the introduction of the new badge 2003.

UNOFFICIAL BADGE - OFFICERS
The Officers unofficial badge was introduced by the Group commander Colonel K. Hogan who had them made while on overseas service.  They proved unpopular because the badge did not sit neatly on the peaked cap.

OFFICERS BADGE
This is the badge that is a copy of the GOC's.  It is a well made bullion badge but does not follow the original approved design for officers.

PIPE BAND
When the  pipe band changed to the blue jacket in 1995 they initially wore the forage cap.  In 1997 they introduced a Glengarry with a new standard badge and this was worn until the introduction of the new Glengarry in September 2002.   The original badge did not fit neatly on the new Glengarry so a new design was adopted. 

WINGS CEREMONY
The Officers wing ceremony of 1994 resulted in another unique Air Corps cap badge.  Due to the fact that the blue uniform had just been introduced there was no peak cap badges available so a special order was made for the parade resulting in the badge below.  Only the Wing Commander and those on parade wore the badge which was approx twelve badges.

MESS DRESS
Colonel J. O'Brien (later GOC in 2001) had this badge designed for the new dress uniform cap.

UNOFFICIAL BADGE - RQMS/RSM
A small number of this badge were made privately because the "Red Centre" was missing on the official peak cap badge. Worn between 1995 - 1998.

WEDDING SET
These three badges were the original samples for enlisted ranks.  These badges were never produced for general wear in this quality. These samples were used by an NCO at his wedding because the official issue peak cap badge was not yet available at the time even though the caps were.  I call this set the "Wedding Set".  There were six of the Airman's badge,  two for the Sergeant and one for the RSM.

 

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 Page Updated : Wednesday, 15 October 2014