Bages of Rank Senior Officers

This morning I saw the GOC Ganistan in combats wearing three stars to indicate his rank.
A few minuets ago I saw a Brigadear wearing a single star on his combat kit.
I assume now that this standard for operations in NATO., is it also normal for non NATO ops?
Do the high and mighty still retain the old pips, cross thingymijigs and laural wreaths I have vauge memories of on Formal wear.
Ive noticed this too, but it doesn't seem to apply anywhere apart from stars, as in there are no instances of Bristish Colonels wearing eagles etc.

I believe that it is an effort to make it easier for the Spetics to understand our gloriously British Senior Officer badges of rank. I think they are wearing the British rank slides in conjunction as well.

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