Beret styles

CatsEyes

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It bugs me to see berets now being worn "cowpat" style, with the badge hidden. It's as if those who do it are ashamed of their unit. With some units however, this is understandable.
 
It bugs me to see berets now being worn "cowpat" style, with the badge hidden. It's as if those who do it are ashamed of their unit. With some units however, this is understandable.
I don't mind the capbadge being worn over the corner of the left eye, indeed I wore mine like that as did a lot of other lads. Wearing the badge almost above the left ear though, is not a good look.
 
Beret style queries always remind me of an older Cpl at my unit when I was a sprog... a character who had reached his ceiling and was happy to just wind up SSMs... wore his beret Frank Spencer stylie and refused to unpick the thick plastic square on the liner. Happy to wear his beret like a shower cap... "As issued Sir... as issued..."
 
What is it with units today, especially the Paras, Crab Regt and a couple I can’t think of at the mo. They wear their berets like an Andy Cap flat one, why aren’t senior Ruperts picking up on this and putting a stop to it.
Is it an Ally statement, dunno about you older gents, I think they look stupid. Could one of the current serving folk please enlighten us.
In the 70s if my Razman had seen my beret worn like that,it would have suddenly got a wheeeee!!!
 
What is it with units today, especially the Paras, Crab Regt and a couple I can’t think of at the mo. They wear their berets like an Andy Cap flat one, why aren’t senior Ruperts picking up on this and putting a stop to it.
Is it an Ally statement, dunno about you older gents, I think they look stupid. Could one of the current serving folk please enlighten us.
In the 70s if my Razman had seen my beret worn like that,it would have suddenly got a wheeeee!!!
Rupert? Thats the RSM’s territory.
 
The less said about officer berets, the better...
Do you mean the plate smuggler or the full satellite dish?

In VSO this normally went with the japanese puttees, the triangular bits sticking out of the cuffs of their longer-than-normal combat jackets...

“Mail getting through?...boots fit?...what are your arcs young man?”
 
Do you mean the plate smuggler or the full satellite dish?

In VSO this normally went with the japanese puttees, the triangular bits sticking out of the cuffs of their longer-than-normal combat jackets...

“Mail getting through?...boots fit?...what are your arcs young man?”
The brand new combat jacket that was issued just before the VSO gets into his superheated Landrover. And with a brand new 58 pattern belt, of course.
 
The brand new combat jacket that was issued just before the VSO gets into his superheated Landrover. And with a brand new 58 pattern belt, of course.
Baaaahhhhhh!!! :)
 
Photos of Scottish regiments often show the Jocks wearing TOS with badge between left eye & left ear, material pulled to the front like a "coal heaver's cap" to quote George MacDonald Fraser, whereas the officers try to pull the material to the right like a beret.
 
Yes agreed it is the RSMs territory, point I’m trying to make, why aren’t orders coming down from Brigade or Corps HQ to raise standards of dress?
The RSM would then Police his unit.
RSM doesn't need orders 'from above'.

Grrr.
 
Photos of Scottish regiments often show the Jocks wearing TOS with badge between left eye & left ear, material pulled to the front like a "coal heaver's cap" to quote George MacDonald Fraser, whereas the officers try to pull the material to the right like a beret.
I like a TOS. We had a platoon of Gordon's attached in South Armagh, 1988-89. Always wore their TOS's. Also TA Black Watch attached in Boz in 97. The Black Watch lads (and one lass) had to wear our Beret and Hackle, but toward the EOT, the TOS's were back on.
 
We always had our TOS' tailored for a sort of downhill ski-ramp at the front in the late 70s - don't see it so much now...
 

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Yes agreed it is the RSMs territory, point I’m trying to make, why aren’t orders coming down from Brigade or Corps HQ to raise standards of dress?
The RSM would then Police his unit.
Dress is a Regimental Matter...! The RSM would take his line from the CO and the Regimental Colonel!

Nothing to do with the Chain of Command! Any dress dictats from Brigade or even Corps would receive a stiff ignoring!
 
Rupert? Thats the RSM’s territory.
It is but the RSM of today's units that wear the badge over the ear as a matter of course would likely have served his entire time wearing his beret in that fashion, he (or she) is probably not going to make changes to something they regard as the norm.
 
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