berets

#1
hello....can some one please help me....i need to shape my beret...but have no idea...plus..how it is it sposessed ot look on the head...i heard if you have a rounded face long but round face it is suposed ot be ina certain place. any advice?
 
#3
I was just about to start a beret thread in the QM forum.

Issue berets are crap, right? Anyone know where to get a decent one from? Online preferably, had a quick look but was unable to see anything. Compton and Webb I've heard are good.

Any help out there?
 
#7
ffs. they are issued, and unlike boots cant make life easier. Also C_a_B as a detapo you wear what you are given, you will look total arrse with 'airborne' or 'flat cap' beret and RMAS cap badge (as I am sure your DS would be rather quick to point out too). SAVE YOUR MONEY.
 
#8
barbarasson said:
ffs. they are issued, and unlike boots cant make life easier. Also C_a_B as a detapo you wear what you are given, you will look total arrse with 'airborne' or 'flat cap' beret and RMAS cap badge (as I am sure your DS would be rather quick to point out too). SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Normally I wouldn't have bothered, but one of the DS suggested getting one, it's the only reason I'm looking into it.
 
#9
barbarasson said:
ffs. they are issued, and unlike boots cant make life easier. Also C_a_B as a detapo you wear what you are given, you will look total arrse with 'airborne' or 'flat cap' beret and RMAS cap badge (as I am sure your DS would be rather quick to point out too). SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Here's a question... I've been told when I get to RMAS I'll wear their capbadge rather than my unit's. Does this mean I'll also have to have a blue berret? My unit berret is a different colour, will I be issued a new one closer to the time (quite a long way off unfortunately)?
 
#10
The_Green_Manalishi said:
Here's a question... I've been told when I get to RMAS I'll wear their capbadge rather than my unit's. Does this mean I'll also have to have a blue berret? My unit berret is a different colour, will I be issued a new one closer to the time (quite a long way off unfortunately)?
You should already have a blue beret and RMAS cap badge.
 
#11
The_Green_Manalishi said:
barbarasson said:
ffs. they are issued, and unlike boots cant make life easier. Also C_a_B as a detapo you wear what you are given, you will look total arrse with 'airborne' or 'flat cap' beret and RMAS cap badge (as I am sure your DS would be rather quick to point out too). SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Here's a question... I've been told when I get to RMAS I'll wear their capbadge rather than my unit's. Does this mean I'll also have to have a blue berret? My unit berret is a different colour, will I be issued a new one closer to the time (quite a long way off unfortunately)?
If going for TA commission then depending on how your RTC interprets the rules you will be issued a blue beret and RMAS cap badge at some point in Mod2, usually having passed RCB. You retain your original capbadge & beret but are expected, and should be honoured to wear the RMAS kit until you have completed your training or thrown in the towel.

This is a good way of making you a rather easy target in the JRC and should grovel accordingly. When you commission you can win back the honour to wear your original berret by way of purchasing at least a round for everyone in the bar, if you jack it at this point I'd advise emigrating.
 
#13
robbo9 said:
hello....can some one please help me....i need to shape my beret...but have no idea...plus..how it is it sposessed ot look on the head...i heard if you have a rounded face long but round face it is suposed ot be ina certain place. any advice?
Take your beret, take the cap badge off. Cut out the linen lining inside the beret (as this doesn't shrink like the rest of the beret), fill 2 basins with water, 1 very hot and 1 cold. soak the beret in the hot one for 20s or so being careful not to get the leather band wet, then dip in the cold. Do this a couple of times then wring out the beret and place it on your head. Mould it and then leave it on your head to dry naturally.

That method has worked for me for years, the issue berets are fine there is no point in wasting money on buying another one.
 
#17
Same subject but different Q - not had my beret that long and it is already minging, god knows how, went on a range weekend and it was fine at the start but gopping at the end. Smells like waterproofs that have been left to dry. Am I alone or is anyone else's beret an anti-personnel device? She Who Must Be Obeyed insists it lives in a different room cos she cant stand the smell. Any hints for freshening it up? Oh and robbo make sure its wet when they get inspected (Sat p.m.) else you'll be accused of not trying : ) even if you have spent every night for the last week shaping it, enjoy the ranges too its a good weekend.
 
#18
Don't take the lining out. It's totally unnecessary as you can shape it fine without doing so, with just a little extra effort. It's there for a reason, so just leave it. You will shorten its life if you take the lining out and as with all kit vandalism should strictly result in slapped wrists when you exchange it or hand it in.
 
#19
Simple solution - you have an exercise beret and a smarter beret for all other occassions. As time passes and the original exercise beret gets too gopping to wear you replace it with the original smarter beret and then get a new smarter beret.

Don't forget a beret bow to finish off the rear of the beret neatly and tidily. Anything else looks crap.
 
#20
Robbo 9, surely you can read the instructions inside your beret which are labelled 'How to Shape Beret'?
Just to humour you:
- You get a bowl of warm water (bath temperature) and a bowl of cold water.
- You invert beret and push the fabric outer into the warm water. Try not to wet the leather band.
- When fabric outer is soaked through you repeat process in bowl of cold water.
- Repeat the warm/cold cycle a couple more times.
- Place beret on bonce.
- Beret on Bounce: Points to Note: There should be a strip woven where the cap badge is meant to go. Manouvre aforementioned strip above left eye. Ensure headband is square across forehead and about 2-3 cm above eyebrows.
- Squeeze excess water out of beret while moulding to shape of head. The beret 'fold' should be on the right of your head (unless you're a French onion seller).
- Sit in front of telly, beer in hand, Angel Long doing doggy-doggy on screen, and wait for beret to dry.
- Hey presto.
- Point to Note: Avoid getting jism on beret after watching Angel Long.
 

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