Raising this topic from the dead:
I too once a Cadet and would like to take advantage of the IPC credit. However reading through DAOD chap. 5000, I cannot find anything that states the incentive was carried over. I haven't yet had the time to do a search on the DWAN (and likely I won't be able...
If WW3 happens, the super secret black ops unit JTF-69 (the stealth scuba tomahawk warfighter squadron so secret even JTF-2 through 68 don't know we exist) promised me a spot as a Machete CQC Technician.
That was even before they swore me into the reserves.
I forgot my "Experiences May Vary" disclaimer. Sorry.
I had the prescription done, papers filled, and had confirmation that the order was complete and it took over a little over 7 months to receive them. Then again, I am a reservist.
Don't know about anyone else but I don't wear nametape or rank insignia in the field. Not like anyone can see it under my TAC vest anyway.
As subdued nametapes and slip ons are readily available in CF spec from places like CP Gear and the High-Vis ones are being shoved down our throat one can...
There is a multitude of factors. Different trades have different selection period which might mean one will be sworn in later than the other... Plus course cutoffs. Also, you could end up on the same course but in entirely different platoons.
For someone who's so hard and should be accepted as elite-scuba-commando-lobster-knife-fighting-ninja right off the street, you could have saved yourself from being poked fun at by going to Google and searching CF Piercing Policy. It comes up in one of the top 3 links. Yes you have to scroll...