Uniform Policy
 

OFFICIAL UNIFORM POLICY OF THE ESC(SA)

1) The purpose of this policy is to establish a guideline for all members of the ESC (SA) as to present an uniform standard of the ESC (SA).

2) This policy also recognizes that Chaplains can wear two kinds of uniform, in the case of those Chaplains who are appointed as official Chaplains within local / provincial government Emergency Services / Metro Police departments.

It must be noted that Chaplains who are authorized to wear official EMS / Metro Police uniforms, must adhere to the uniform policy of such department. Under most, if not all, situations, Chaplains can also wear the relevant ESC (SA) markings & lapel and / or breast badges, as approved by the relevant Chief of such department(s).

These departments have their own prerogative as to introduce departmental Chaplain breast shields, eg. the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services and the Metropolitan Police.

3) All registered, paid-up members of the ESC (SA) can wear the Chaplains uniform, and it is imperative that the correct uniform is worn, and in the correct manner. As soon as a members has failed to pay their membership before the due date, and thus forfeit their membership, resigns of has his/her membership terminated, they may no longer make use of any of the ESC(SA) insignia in any way. This may lead to criminal charges being brought against such a member.

a) SUMMER UNIFORM (MALES)

  • Open neck white pilot shirt (short sleeve), with side straps;
  • Chaplain position markings: Relevant Chaplain georgettes (NOT for chaplains, but required for positioning identification on chaplains in a the working committee and Board of Directors) The georgettes should be worn, with the collar seam sticking out at the sides and bottom. Thus, it should not stick out over the edges of the collar but at least have a minimum of 5mm of the collar creating a border around it. No georgettes are ever worn on a shirt when wearing a tie. When a tie is worn, the georgettes should be on the jacket.
  • Chaplain Rank epaulettes
  • Chaplain breast badge (to be worn on the LEFT side); 2cm above the shirt pocket centre.
  • Name plate (to be worn on the RIGHT side) 5mm above shirt pocket, centre – Please Note: Only Name Plates will ordered via the ESC(SA) will be allowed. Name Plates will also indicate the position of the member, for Example, district coordinator, etc. Name Plates will also make the distinction between Ordained Chaplains, and Chaplains, as the Ordained Chaplains will have a Gold Coloured Name Plate with Purple writing, and Chaplains will have Gold Coloured Name Plates with Black writing.
  • Black pair of formal trousers, with black belt; “no black jeans or casual pants may be worn”.
  • Black socks;
  • Black shoes / boots;
  • Any ribbons which the Chaplain is entitled to wear (OPTIONAL, more for formal occasions);
  • Chaplain cap, with purple band, “peace leaf” peak and the Chaplain cap badge (OPTIONAL, but must be worn where required, eg. training schools; parades; military and police installations; funerals).
  • Chaplaincy Baseball cap. (OPTIONAL, more for operational use, for protection against sun or rain) The Board of Directors, and Working Committee members will have a Protea on their caps. Other chaplains may only use baseball caps with normal peace leaves.

PLEASE NOTE: When wearing long sleeve shirt, the shirt must be closed at the neck, the Chaplain plain purple tie must be worn, and NO Chaplain georgettes are worn.

b) WINTER UNIFORM (MALES)

  • Closed neck white shirt (short or long sleeve) together with the Chaplain plain purple tie OR an open neck white shirt can be worn, without the tie;
  • Black jersey with side straps OR black “bomber” jacket with side straps;
  • Chaplain position markings: Relevant Chaplain georgettes (NOT for chaplains, but required for positioning identification on chaplains in the working committee and Board of Directors) The georgettes should be worn, with the collar seam sticking out at the sides and bottom. Thus, it should not stick out over the edges of the collar but at least have a minimum of 5mm of the collar creating a border around it. No georgettes are ever worn on a shirt when wearing a tie. When a tie is worn, the georgettes should be on the jacket. . NO Chaplain georgettes are worn on this uniform if a jersey is worn with a tie, but the georgettes are worn on the “bomber” jacket. If an open neck shirt is worn, with a jersey, but without a jacket, the georgettes should be on the shirt.
  • Chaplain Rank epaulettes (wear on jersey) and bomber jackets, or other jackets;
  • Chaplain saw-on breast badge and name plate should be worn on jersey OR breast badge and nameplate on black “bomber” jacket,
  • Name plate (to be worn on the RIGHT side) 5mm above shirt pocket, centre – Please Note: Only Name Plates will ordered via the ESC(SA) will be allowed. Name Plates will also indicate the position of the member, for Example, district coordinator, etc. Name Plates will also make the distinction between Ordained Chaplains, and Chaplains, as the Ordained Chaplains will have a Gold Coloured Name Plate with Purple writing, and Chaplains will have Gold Coloured Name Plates with Black writing.
  • Black pair of formal trousers, with black belt, “no black jeans or casual pants may be worn”;
  • Black socks;
  • Black shoes / boots;
  • Any ribbons which the Chaplain is entitled to wear (OPTIONAL, only for “bomber” jacket);
  • Chaplain cap, with purple band, “peace leaf” peak and the Chaplain cap badge (OPTIONAL, but must be worn where required, eg. training schools; parades; military and police installations; funerals).
  • Chaplaincy Baseball cap. (OPTIONAL, more for operational use, for protection against sun or rain) The Board of Directors, and Working Committee members will have a Protea on their caps. Other chaplains may only use baseball caps with normal peace leaves.

c) FORMAL / STEP-OUT UNIFORM (MALES)

  • Closed neck white shirt (short or long sleeve);
  • Chaplain plain purple tie;
  • Black Double Breasted jacket with side straps and gold plated buttons;
  • Relevant Chaplain georgettes on formal jacket only, not on the shirts; The georgettes should be worn, with the collar sticking out at least 5mm at the sides and bottom. Thus, it should not stick out over the edges of the collar but at least have a minimum of 5mm of the collar creating a border around it. No georgettes are ever worn on a shirt when wearing a tie, or formal uniform. When a tie is worn, the georgettes should only be on the jacket. Georgettes are ONLY worn by members of the working Committee, and the Board of Directors.
  • Chaplain purple lanyard (to be worn on the RIGHT side);
  • Chaplain rank epaulettes (wear on jacket);
  • Chaplain breast badge (to be worn on the LEFT side) 2cm above the shirt pocket centre;
  • Name plate (to be worn on the RIGHT side) 5mm above shirt pocket, centre – Please Note: Only Name Plates will ordered via the ESC(SA) will be allowed. Name Plates will also indicate the position of the member, for Example, district coordinator, etc. Name Plates will also make the distinction between Ordained Chaplains, and Chaplains, as the Ordained Chaplains will have a Gold Coloured Name Plate with Purple writing, and Chaplains will have Gold Coloured Name Plates with Black writing.
  • Any medals / decorations which the Chaplain is entitled to wear;
  • Black pair of formal trousers, with black belt;
  • Black socks;
  • Black shoes / boots;
  • Chaplain cap, with purple band, “peace leaf” peak and the Chaplain cap badge;
  • Black leather gloves (for parades; funerals; etc.);

PLEASE NOTE: The Chaplain lapel badge can be worn on the summer uniform above the Chaplain’s nameplate, but it is not for use on the collar when wearing the ESC (SA) uniform.

4) CHAPLAIN GEORGETTES

a) Board of Directors: (seven leaves)

Only Directors of the Board of ESC(SA) will wear these georgettes. The correct way of wearing them is with the 3 leaves showing in, and the 4 leaves showing outwards. An Board Members will be entitled to wear his executive georgettes after completion of his/her time in the office. However, a member that is released from duties without a honourable discharge may not continue wearing these georgettes.

b) Working Committee: (3-stripes)

Working Committee: as appointed by the Board of Directors. They may only wear these georgettes whilst in the appointed position of the Working Committee, and will have to stop wearing them, should they no longer be the appointed person in that position, as these will be insignia to the office.

PLEASE NOTE that the Georgettes are “left” and “right” sided. PLEASE ensure that your uniform is correctly worn.

5. EPAULETTES

5.1 All chaplains will be wearing the purple epaulettes with the gold Alpha Omega on it. 

6. Uniform Dress Code:

6.1 When in uniform, chaplains must be dressed in accordance with the relevant uniform policy.

6.2 When making use of the dress uniform, members may not mix civilian clothing with their uniforms, except with regard to personal protective equipment.

6.3 Only issued and approved uniform items shall be worn.

6.4 The uniform must be maintained in a clean and neat condition.

6.5 Uniform, or uniform pieces, shall not be tampered with, or modified as to distort original design.

6.6 Black belts must be worn in the loops provided.

6.7 Outdated uniforms shall not be worn, unless permitted by the Board of Directors of the ESC(SA)

6.8 Jerseys shall not be worn under uniform shirts.

6.9 In the event of a T-shirt worn under the uniform, it should be a plain white t-shirt.

6.10 When on duty or dressed in uniform, members of the ESC(SA) shall not enter premises where intoxicating liquor is served to the public, nor into adult stores or casino’s, except when necessary in the execution of their duties.

6.11 When on duty or dressed in uniform, members of the ESC(SA) may not be smoking any tobacco products, or drinking any form of liquor, nor be using any form of illegal substances.

6.12 The appearance of uniform clothing and the conduct of the person at all times shall be beyond criticism, building the image and being an ambassador for the Emergency Services Chaplaincy of Southern Africa.

6.13 Only reasonable jewellery shall be permitted while on duty, or when wearing the uniform. These will be stipulated in point 7 of this document.

7. HAIRSTYLES, SIDE BURNS AND MOUSTACHES.

7.1 The hairstyles for female members as illustrated below shall be adhered to.

7.2 The hairstyles for male members as illustrated below shall be adhered to.

7.3 The moustache and beard of male members must be grown along the natural hairline contours of the face and must be a natural full beard from the ear to the chin and to the top of the adam's apple. 

7.4 This is applicable to all members wearing our uniform.

a. Please see the illustrations in the latter part of this document

8. JEWELERY.

8.1 Male members may wear a wrist watch

8.2 Male members may wear a wedding ring or one ring per hand on the ring finger, or no more than one ring per hand on the ring finger.

8.3 Male members may wear a single thin chain around the neck for either a religious symbol, or even a medic alert shield. No other neck jewellery will be allowed.

8.4 Male members, only medic-alert arm bracelets may be worn.

8.5 Female members may only wear Wedding and/or engament rings and/or a single ring per hand on the ring finger.

8.6 Female members may only wear ear studs with a maximum with of 13mm or earrings (sleepers) with a maximum with of 3mm. Only one earring per ear is allowed.

8.7 Female members may wear a wrist watch

8.8 Female members, only medic-alert arm bracelets may be worn.

8.9 No other arm jewellery may be worn.

8.10 Female members may wear a single thin chain around the neck for either a religious symbol, or even a medic alert shield. No other neck jewellery will be allowed.

8.11 All members may not wear any other jewellery, this includes jewellery worn on the nose, eyebrow, or any other visible part of the body.

9. TATTOO MARKS.

9.1 No tattoo mark may be visible when wearing a uniform.

EXAMPLES:

Epaulettes

Description

 

 

 

 

These are the epaulettes used by all chaplains. They are worn as in the picture, and may not be modified, or have any other insignia or rank added to them.

 

 

 

 


Georgettes

Description.

 

 

Board of Directors of the ESC(SA):

Worn by the Board of Directors. The correct way of wearing them is with the 3 leaves showing in, and the 4 leaves showing outwards. A Board Member will be entitled to wear his executive georgettes after a completion of his/her time in office. However, a member that is released from duties without a honourable discharge may not continue wearing these georgettes.

 

 

 

Working Committee: as appointed by the Board of Directors. They may only wear these georgettes whilst in the appointed position of the Working Committee, and will have to stop wearing them, should they no longer be the appointed person in that position, as these will be insignia to the office.

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