In this part 2, i will show my current collection of warm jackets.
See part 1 here: https://youtu.be/P2e3MrCN15g
At the risk or starting a huge debate over the legality of Cadpat, i have removed the comments from this video.
there are 2 kinds of people, those who get that surplus cadpat is the same as surplus OD when it comes to the law, and those who chose to ignore the law and focus on Cadpat.
There is a big difference between frowned upon and Illegal. It seems in the case of Cadpat, i am getting both reactions.
Technically, its all "Illegal" regardless of the camo pattern (Or lack there of).
This means my MK2 Combat coat is just as illegal as my Cadpat Goretex jacket. See the full law below.
Here is what i think:
1- There is huge difference between wearing a piece of military clothing and fully impersonating a CF officer (EX: 'Fake soldier' Franck Gervais who was arrested for that). I would never do this and i have the outmost respect for the armed forces, which is one of the reasons i like the gear.
2- I get that some will think that i am with the forces if i wear military jackets, but remember that Cadpat can be purchased everywhere legally (EX:http://www.arktisoutdoor.co.uk/arktis-mens-clothing/arktis-mens-smocks-and-parkas/arktis-b110-combat-smock-canadian-cadpat). Furthermore, if asked, you say you are not part of the forces. Done.
3- Further to point 1, DONT WEAR BADGES, RANKS OR INSIGNIAS! Doing so would be stealing valour and i am completely against this! I also stay away from wearing a complete uniform (EX: pants, smock, jacket all together). The ranking badge shown in this video came with the Blue air force gore tex jacket; it was inadvertently left in the hood compartment when i first received it; i have never worn it.
Here is the lawful information i was able to find, there may be more to this but this is what i could find:
"Unlawful use of military uniforms or certificates
419. Every one who without lawful authority, the proof of which lies on him,
(a) wears a uniform of the Canadian Forces or any other naval, army or air force or a uniform that is so similar to the uniform of any of those forces that it is likely to be mistaken therefor,
(b) wears a distinctive mark relating to wounds received or service performed in war, or a military medal, ribbon, badge, chevron or any decoration or order that is awarded for war services, or any imitation thereof, or any mark or device or thing that is likely to be mistaken for any such mark, medal, ribbon, badge, chevron, decoration or order,
(c) has in his possession a certificate of discharge, certificate of release, statement of service or identity card from the Canadian Forces or any other naval, army or air force that has not been issued to and does not belong to him, or
(d) has in his possession a commission or warrant or a certificate of discharge, certificate of release, statement of service or identity card, issued to an officer or a person in or who has been in the Canadian Forces or any other naval, army or air force, that contains any alteration that is not verified by the initials of the officer who issued it, or by the initials of an officer thereto lawfully authorized,
is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 377."
420. (1) Every one who buys, receives or detains from a member of the Canadian Forces or a deserter or an absentee without leave therefrom any military stores that are owned by Her Majesty or for which the member, deserter or absentee without leave is accountable to Her Majesty is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
(2) No person shall be convicted of an offence under this section where he establishes that he did not know and had no reason to suspect that the military stores in respect of which the offence was committed were owned by Her Majesty or were military stores for which the member, deserter or absentee without leave was accountable to Her Majesty.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 378."
"Evidence of enlistment
421. (1) In proceedings under sections 417 to 420, evidence that a person was at any time performing duties in the Canadian Forces is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that his enrolment in the Canadian Forces prior to that time was regular."