Glossary of Terms for Cadet Uniforms

In heraldic convention a chevron is a "V" shape with the point worn facing upward, although in military dress it has been worn periodically with the point facing down. Chevrons, also called "stripes," are used as a system of indicating rank.
A small coat--19th century body garment closed in front and cut across the waist leaving only small skirts behind. This type of garment was adopted by the cadets in 1883.
A rosette used to hold up the cocked brim of a hat, or to display colors indicating rank, nationality or party affiliation. The cockade could be of wool or silk ribbon, leather, or even painted metal.
Peaked cap. A Low shako with a leather peak. (Cassin). Originally a soft cap with a peak in front; later stiffened and given rows of braid to indicate the rank of the wearer. (Carman)
This cap, worn with fatigues or for imformal occasions, was made popular during World War I. Caps generally are distinguished from hats, which have a brim all the way around. The overseas pattern cap is similar to the field service cap of the British Army, a style which can be folded flat.(Carman)
Double-breasted coat cut in a tunic style (i.e., a coat with a skirt all the way around). (Carman)
Cloth strips wound spirally around the lower leg up to the knee. Very popular at the time of World War I. (Cassin; Linton)
A high, stiff headdress made with a peak and decorated with an upright plume.(Linton, p. 505-506)


Carman, W. Y. A Dictionary of Military Uniform. London: Batsford, 1977.

Cassin-Scott, Jack, and John Fabb. Ceremonial Uniforms of the World. New York: Arco, 1977.

Linton, George E. The Modern Textile and Apparel Dictionary 4th ed. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Braun-Brumfield, 1973.