The Canadian Provost Corps
1946 - 1968


Khaki Service Dress Cap

The Khaki Service dress cap authorized for all officers was virtually identical to the pattern of cap worn during the Second World War. It was worn with Battledress, Service Dress and Bush Dress. General Officers, Brigadiers and Colonels wore a red band around the body of the cap.

Junior Officer's Khaki Service Dress Cap. This pattern of cap was also worn by Warrant Officers Class 1.

Brigadier and Colonel's Khaki Service Dress Cap.

Khaki Beret


Khaki berets were standard postwar headwear until around 1952. As with many uniform items they appear to have been worn subject to local dress instructions well past that period.

Blue Beret

A dark blue beret was introduced into Canadian Service in 1952. This pattern of beret incorporated a 7 inch by 3 inch half moon shaped cloth panel in the Corps badge backing colour. The badge backing colour authorized for the Canadian Provost Corps was scarlet. This pattern of coloured backing was very unpopular with soldiers and was withdrawn in 1954. The majority of the berets had the coloured panel removed.

The blue beret was reissued without the coloured panel and a piece of coloured cloth cut in the general outline of the cap badge with a 1/8 inch border was worn.

Coloured Service Dress Cap

A Coloured Service Dress Cap was adopted by the Canadian Army for all ranks in 1958. The pattern specified for the Canadian Provost Corps had a dark blue body, scarlet cap band and a black patent leather brim. The chin strap was black patent leather secured by Corps pattern buttons.

The Coloured Service Dress Cap for Other Ranks and Junior Officers. The Officer's pattern was similar to the Other Ranks, but usually of a better quality material.

The Coloured Service Dress Cap for officers of Field Rank (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) had a row of gold wire embroidery on the brim.

The Coloured Service Dress Cap for Brigadiers and Colonels had one row of gold wire oakleaf embroidery on the brim.

Cap, Peaked, Winter

The Cap, Peaked, Winter came into service about 1950 and was usually worn with Battledress in cold weather.

Bush Cap

Cap, Utility, Man's, OD 7 Cotton Drill, commonly known as the Bush Hat. The flap at the rear is secured by snap fasteners and can be unfolded to protect the back of the neck. The Bush Hat was well liked by the troops and was still being worn in some Reserve units as late as 1975.

Various types of locally made or commercial manufactured frames were often used to stiffen the hat for a better appearance. The illustrated frame is made of fabric covered plastic and is adjustable for size.

Combat Cap

The Combat Uniform introduced into service in 1963 included a Combat Cap. This useful pattern of cap could be worn "Robin Hood" style with the brim sides folded up as shown or with the brim down.

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