How Canada’s Iconic Mountie Uniforms Are Made | Boot Camp


These men and women are some of the newest members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, also known as the Mounties. The RCMP is Canada’s federal police force, known worldwide for their
iconic scarlet tunics, referred to as the Red Serge. Each cadet gets fitted for their tunic about halfway through their 26-week training program. Cadet: It’s a really exciting moment. It makes you very proud to be here. Cadet: When you put it on, you feel pride. Cadet: I cannot believe it when
I saw myself in the mirror. Narrator: While this is what you’re likely to see Mounties wearing in the field, the Red Serge is worn
at ceremonial events. It’s part of what’s known as the kit that’s issued to the 1,000 cadets that graduate from the RCMP
training academy each year. Along with the tunic, the uniform includes trousers known as breeches, a Stetson hat, a Sam Browne belt, and a pair of high
leather Strathcona boots. The tunics are made by a company in Quebec before being shipped here, to the RCMP Academy in
Regina, Saskatchewan. They’re made of wool and
include a satin lining. Sean Lussier: Right now they’re not as comfortable as you would think, but they are custom-made
primarily for the look, so they’re not gonna be as functional to do your everyday kind of job in them. Narrator: Here at the academy, a team of 20 tailors perform all the alterations for each cadet. Nila Filoteo: About eight
of them are custom tailors, and the rest are general tailors, and general tailors usually do the pants and the breeches, and the custom tailors are the one that does the red tunic. We take them apart, we put them together, and do the alterations. Narrator: Alterations for each tunic can take up to two days. Tailor: Now you try on the overalls. Narrator: If an officer
outgrows his or her uniform, they simply request a new one at no additional charge to them. According to the RCMP, the total cost of each cadet’s uniform,
including the Red Serge and their normal duty clothing, comes out to about 4,500 Canadian dollars. And about $500 of that
cost is for the boots. Each pair is handcrafted by the Alberta Boot Company… before being sent to the leather shop at the RCMP Academy, where each pair is
custom fit to each cadet. Rod Johnson: So, we look after all of the brown ceremonial leather. Each pair of boots is fit to each individual cadet, whether that means stretching them or making them smaller. To stretch them, they are soaked in a tub and then we open them up
with a series of blocks. A block that mimics the calf, a block that mimics the shin, and then, depending on the
amount we need to stretch them, we open them up to the appropriate size that we need for each individual. Once we reach that size by
blocking them like that, then we put them in our drying booth, and they dry for about a week so that they will take that shape permanently. We do up to 32 pairs of boots in a week, and then they’re issued to the cadet, and they begin to do the arduous task of putting 20 to 40 different
coats of polish on them so that they no longer
look one-dimensional. After the cadets are done polishing them, they look more three-dimensional. Narrator: They might look shiny, but these pictures don’t
quite do them justice. When you see them in person, these boots boast an
almost otherworldly sheen. To get there, it takes a lot of polish. Chris Darcy: We used to make
them pay for it, but now Her Majesty decides she’s
gonna buy us polish. This is one of the techniques. The idea here is to build up the color. You see, the difference
in color is pretty drastic for polished boot and unpolished boot. We get it, it’s superhot water, and put a coat of polish on here. All we’re doing is take the hot sponge, and we simply are rubbing the polish in. And it looks like it’s doing nothing, and all that’s happening is
we’re filling in the pores. So we would do about 20 coats of these. One of the tricks we do,
though, is we take pantyhose. You put an old pair of socks in there, and it’s kind of like
when you sand your car, you start with coarse grit
and go to a finer grit, and these pantyhose are actually
a little bit finer grit, and we’d actually just brush it off. The longer you go, you start
getting character in it, and it has a bit of a marbling effect as it takes the grain of the leather. All those memories you make shining boots with your troop mates. Each pair of boots kind
of tells its own story. Lussier: The Red Serge is
just one of those things that just kinda stands out as being as Canadian as it can be. Johnson: That, you know, signifies to them that they’re becoming a Mountie ’cause that is, you know,
one of the iconic symbols that separate the Mounties from other police forces in the world.

100 thoughts on “How Canada’s Iconic Mountie Uniforms Are Made | Boot Camp

  1. known world wide for their ability to carry luggage for any illegal border crosser

  2. Unfortunately they are a mere shadow of the quality of organization that they used to be. Politically induced wokeness has ruined it to a large degree.

  3. They look incredibly stupid when they swing their arms like that.

  4. Let’s all appreciate how this thumbnail was likely a meeting

  5. Wonder if the sell the uniforms to non-Mounty folks or are those fake Monty kits.

  6. I always assumed it was colored with the blood of the indigenous people they killed

  7. Very interesting, but expecting a little more "how they're made" and not just "how they're fitted".

  8. Don't get fooled by these videos about the RCMP. In reality the RCMP is an incredibly toxic place to work and they're also a bit of trigger-happy morons – look up their recent history and you'll see how far their reputation has fallen.

  9. Just 26weeks to become a mountie? Is it just boot camp or does it include some legal training too? I reckon recruits come from all walks of live with all manner of different [educational] backgrounds. To train them for just half a year doesn't seem nearly enough to bring them on par with everything a police officer needs to know.

  10. 3:45 "Her Majesty decides she's gonna buy us polish"
    Translation: The taxpayers are paying for it

  11. Robot people that choose what laws to enforce. Take down the blockades you goofy bastards

  12. " the red surge " omg, fox news will call us communists. Who remembers the movie " Canadian bacon " ?

  13. As a Canadian, I can say I've never seen a mountie wearing red ,YET. And today is my birthday

  14. Ren And Stimpy episode lays out realitically what its like to join the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen

  15. Shame on you for having a brown female representing the RCMP. More politically correct, affirmative action nonsense.

  16. Amazing the first day everybody is clean shaved but at the end of the training most of them grow a mustache even some of the women 😱😱😱

  17. how canada's uniforms are made (image-foreigner, not classical canadian)

  18. Canada is an amazing country. I wish I could say the same to their President.

  19. So I like how the us just kicked Canada off to the curb but they still like the queen laughs in american

  20. "Her Majesty decides She's going to buy is polish." She doesn't buy you anything, pal. That's Canadian tax payers.

  21. Traditions are important to maintain, unless they hinder the future of the society.

  22. Who pays for the uniforms? Who pays for replacements? Thanks.

  23. They will protect us when we arrive at Canada while being chased by zombies and superdogs.

  24. Funny looking bellhop suits, I hope the illegals breaking in the country in Quebec like them.

  25. Short answer to save your time: they are made out of maple syrup.

  26. Since its inception, the RCMP has been a colonial oppressor of indigenous tribes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents

  27. Pathetic melting pot, funny how white culture is adopted by everyone.

  28. Forsure it’s a company in quebec with the contract. A province without the rcmp. I’m sure a Manitoba or Saskatchewan company could use the business…

  29. When I was a child there was a show about Sergeant Preston who was a “Mountie”. He wore the red uniform.

  30. I didn’t see any of them on mounts jabbing them with their spurs.

  31. Remember back in the American revolution when we killed all the red coats… Canada your next…

  32. Man f these police officers, they get $500 boots that they barely use. In the CAF we get boots made for $5, unless you get some of the nice black “Boots, Wet Weather” by Prospector.

  33. I honestly thought they would wear this uniform in the field, at least that’s how their depicted in American movies

  34. Those French I mean Canadian uniforms will put great fear into the toughest Canadian in Canada.

  35. in reality the hat was replace by a turban for man & a burka for woman

  36. Except for the beards for religious and cultural reasons, they Never should have let them have beards. Looks terrible. You’re supposed to be set apart, not cave to fads.

  37. American law enforcement certainly doesn't have the same pride in craftsmanship. Smh. Made in YouKnowWhere

  38. I'm actually kind of surprised by how diverse the recruits were; quite a lot of difference ethnicities and a fair number of women and men.

  39. I lost respect when one guy didn't have to wear a normal hat because of his religion. It shows how Canada and little potato bow down to anything for a vote.

  40. I'm glad to see we can also provide Stetson hats for y'all. You've got a great piece of equipment on your heads

  41. What is it about red that we don’t love?Your majesty buys indeed.

  42. Hmm the pictures of arabic openly displayed on London Ontario's police cars cant be added or displayed, hmm the pictures of RCMP officers wearing turbans can't be added or displayed, hmm, gee do ya think there is a smell of BS in the air? In the words of Mark Dice, OH WAIT WHAT'S THIS? Coming soon to a city near you…

  43. They need more authoritative looking hats, as they currently look like US national park rangers.

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