In March 1964, a White Paper on Defence in Canada proposed a major restructuring of the three armed services into a single integrated military. On February 1, 1968, Bill C-243, The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act, was granted Royal Assent, and the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force were combined into one service: the Canadian Armed Forces. The intent of the new military structure was to achieve cost savings and improve command and control of the Canadian military. All of the services adopted the same forest green pattern uniform and ranks with service specific insignia.
This is an example of the Canadian Forces uniform coat issued to Air Force personnel. There is no information about the specific individual that wore this coat but it was donated to the National Air and Space Museum by the Canadian Forces Attaché as a gesture of good will and international cooperation.
Donated by Canadian Forces Air Attache
Canadian Forces hunter green wool service coat; single breasted with drop fall collar; 2 upper flap pockets with box pleats and 1/2" diameter button; 2 lower front flap pockets; 4 brass 1" diameter buttons down front; gold embroidered pilot's badge over left breast pocket (gold wings and maple leaf surmounted by the Queen's crown, maroon laurel leaf wreath surrounds maple leaf); embroidered “Canada" insignia on shoulders; 5 service ribbons (1. Korea Service Medal 1950-1953 2. United Nationals Medal for Korea 3. Emergency (Egypt-Sinai) Force Medal 4. Cyprus Service Medal 5. Canadian Forces Decoration); Major rank insignia stripes on cuffs.