We had a Colour Serjeant Provo in Germany who must have been on Long Service; i seem to recall that he was from the "old" 2 RGJ, as he always wore a black capbadge, and apparently that was their gig?It was a mixture for us. We wore black painted cap badges in NI on the first couple of tours I did but on my third and last one, they were left unpainted.
This was in the seventies from 73 to 77. The battalion then buggered off to Hong Kong for a couple of years but on it’s return to NI in the early eighties, unpainted cap badges were again worn.
Didn’t everybody then start wearing helmets at some stage in the early eighties?