Although, on 20 May 14 we received the following from LaSER which seems to suggest that the ACO intends to force the formal approval process…
[quote]First of all there is no published policy on Sqn badges, but one is being worked up at the moment between HQAC (Flt Lt Tunesi of Liongam) and RAF Ceremonial. Most badges you see are unofficial and have not been formally approved. Of the well over 1000 Air Cadet units (includes VGS, CCF & Sqns) that could have a badge only about 30 have been approved. Over the coming years all the unofficial badges will be put through the approvals process though it will take some time to do them all.
Secondly, the ACO badges cannot have the Queen’s Crown or Laurel Leaves and the layout must be to an approved pattern. For ATC Sqns for example the circlet around the badge must be red not blue. Therefore, certain badges would not be approved in their current format. There are badges around Sussex Wg where the current sqn badge is unofficial and wrong.
Getting a badge approved is not a quick process. It has multiple stages that will end with the Inspector of RAF Badges signing off an original piece of art work for the badge. You will get copies and an electronic version too. You will also get a bill for £465.
You may ask why go through all this and have to pay a fee when others haven’t. Rest assured though that all sqns, wgs, rgns and other units with unofficial badges will be written to over the coming years with a requirement to convert to an official badge so you are only putting off the day when you will have to do it and by the time the system catches up with you the bill could well be more. [/quote]
To be honest, I think if they start trying to insist that every unit pay nearly £500 for an officially registered badge rather than just saying “this is our approved format, follow it”, they’ll find that much of the Corps simply abandons their badges. That would be a great shame.