Cypress green beret /8206J beret W H Y ?

#1
Why does the Intelligence Corps have a beret so similar in shade to the AGC? This issue has been thrashed out before, but just in a ‘where can I get a Cypress green beret from/why does the QM dish us out AGC berets’ etc.

I have heard the tired argument that ‘it’s obvious the shades are different’, they are not… Faded AGC berets look… Like Cypress green Int Corps berets…!

What I would be interested to know is what the party line is on why this happened. I take it when the AGC formed up in the early 90s the beret shade was put forward (8206J), who approved it? I would have thought the Army Dress Committee had the final word; how did they come to the decision that it would be useful to have two Corps berets so closely matched in shade?

Was the Int Corps informed prior to the beret shade submission and given an opportunity to say fcuk off? Or was it traditionally military, i.e. the change was finally observed one morning in the queue at the NAAFI?!

Not all the AGC wear the green beret anyway (ETS/RMP/MPGS etc, correct me if I am wrong). Bar RMP (scarlet), they wear the general service beret, dark blue.

I know this will result in some older servicemen and women giving it ‘I remember when I wore a general service beret/side hat/pith helmet in the Corps’, mmmrrrrrrrr etc, I’m anticipating that.

Just interested in hearing anything other than an old wives tale as to how this came about.

No, I’m not some Corps-pissed individual that wants to annoy the AGC (not my intention at all), would like to hear the history on this. What is the AGC view on this, must be some of you out there lurking? Would they like to stay in the green beret, or go to the general service one?

Edited for week one day one error
 
#3
Thanks DTC, they are both there. The thing that interests me is why the decision was taken to have these Corps with so similar a head dress, when it is plainly an odd choice given the range they could have flicked through prior to the decision. Is there history behind the colour chosen for the AGC beret, or did somebody just go 'give me a colour starting with G' :?
 
#11
whoops :oops: sorry! What, what am I doing, apologising to a monkey... Oh what the hell.

I don't know what I'm more embaressed about now! 8O

Curse these sausage fingers :wink:
 
#16
Popped an AGC's cap badge in our Staffy's cyprus green Int Corps Beret once . He walked around all day proudly unaware of his rebadging. Talked to many representing different corps and capbadges with commendable authority. All I can say is he suffered a major sense of humour failure when we pointed it out later . Bless him. :D

PoGS
 
#17
In all seriousness , i could never (and still dont) believe that the Corps let this happen. As well as the colour, the AGC Cap badge is almost the same size as ours and from a distance a clerk looks like an int corps soldier, and vice versa.

edited to add: Wear your stable belts .... its the only fcuking thing that makes us look different from the clerks
 
#18
ETS here - we've rebadged with a new ETS capbadge and blue GS beret, which means that SPS are now the only ones in green.
 
#19
Anyone who's been in more than 5 minutes knows that WRAC green was fcuk all like either Cypress green or AGC green. And I don't care what your rubbish picture shows either. Load of bollox.
 
#20
Perevodchik said:
Anyone who's been in more than 5 minutes knows that WRAC green was fcuk all like either Cypress green or AGC green. And I don't care what your rubbish picture shows either. Load of bollox.
Maybe I read the initial ref to the WRAC wrongly but I thought the inference was that the AGC used green because there were so many ex-WRAC brought under it's wings, not that either the Int Corps or AGC berets are the same colour as the WRAC head gear.
 
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