Cadet/Young Leader Uniform
Cadets started in 1916, and other than for a short break between 1968 and 1973, have continued to this day. However, they experienced a wandering status - sometimes considered to be a branch alongside Rangers, sometimes considered to be a branch alongside the Guiders. As such, their uniform has varied between being a Ranger uniform with white details, and being a Guider uniform with white details. I will try to pinpoint which applied when!
After Guiding started, it was realised that there was a gap to fill, the transition from being a Guide to being a Guider. What was needed was a scheme to train 'Guide Officers' as they were known, and the answer was found by turning again to army practice - and the army's Officer Cadets.
So it was in 1916 that Guiding started the Cadet section. They wore the same uniform as the Guides, except for having a white hatband and tie, to distinguish them, just as the army cadets wore white details on their uniform to distinguish them from qualified officers.
In 1968, the Cadet section had been merged into the Ranger Guide Service Section, and so whether interested in leadership or not, all Guiding members in the age group had to join Rangers, and follow a general programme. But it appears this didn't prove satisfactory, as in 1973 the Young Leader section was created, continuing the Cadet legacy. They wore the same aqua blouses, navy skirts and aqua-piped navy air hostess hats as Rangers, but had a Promise Badge with white enamel rather than aqua, an echo of the Cadets' white distinguishing colour.
This uniform continued in use until 1990.
2019 Young Leader Uniform
Navy hoodie with light grey trim
Navy polo shirt with grey trim
Navy badge tab with grey horizontal stripe.
With skirt or trousers of own choice.