Discuss Royal Marine > Infantry; "Army Commando" flash? in Military Clothing & Boots on The Army Rumour Service; Saw a Rifles bloke wearing "Army Commando" shoulder flash*, so being nosey I asked him if he'd transferred from 131 who I understand are Army Commandos.
The bloke replied that he'd transferred from Royal, so ...
Its a grey area thing, technically they are not an Army Commando as they haven't passed the Army (aka All Arms) course, however the commando tests are the same. For that reason the wearing of Army Commando flash & Commando dagger is approved. If anyone has an issue point them at Prince Andrew who did his cabbage hat course with Royal or Jack, not sure which he was at the time, but wears the dagger when in Army uniform. I would be intrigued to know what would happen if an ex army commando tried to join the RMR, knowing and working with Marines I have a nagging feeling they would make him go through the whole course.
As a side note, was he wearing C95 or PCS? If its C95 he can wear both flash and dagger, but if PCS he has can only wear the flash
There may be a change to bring the new rules in line, the dagger was retired on working and combat dress when PCS came in simply because the dagger doesn't fit on the blanking plate with the UJ and Bde/Div badges, however they are still allowed in Barrack, FAD, Ceremonial and Mess dress, however not allowed the flash in those rigs. Also the black on olive dagger was adopted as 3 Bde patch, so serving Cdo in the Bde would be wearing 2 daggers on the same arm, for a while, to counter this, the Bde policy was to adopt that patch as a Bde TRF, so guys had daggers on both arms, which looked really silly.
Either this lad has been told PCS regs or there has been a change brought in for uniformity however I know of at least one regular who is in C95 still wearing both flash and dagger.
The bottom line is yes he can wear the flash and if you got that you don't really need the dagger