What is this (US) chaps beret?

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  1. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I didn't want to hi-jack the thread where this picture originally appeared so I'm asking on here.

    Is this a regimental beret or SF - it does appear to be tipping a wink at the the SAS. Its certainly not the normal US helicopter landing pad and what badge is it?

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  2. Rangers wear the "sandy" coloured beret and have done for a while now.
    They used to wear black berets but then the rest of the Army started to wear Black, so to remain different to the rest of the Army they adopted the sandy beret as their own.
     
  3. It's the Rangers.
     
  4. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    US Army berets come in a variety of flavours. Black is standard, Tan is for Rangers, Maroon is Airborne, Green is for Special Forces. The 'badge' is known as a Beret Flash and is a unit identifier. It started with the SF Groups in the early 1960's, but was soon adopted by the Airborne and then the rest of the US Army.

    This is the standard US Army flash and beret:

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    The Rangers used to wear this as their flash:

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    but now seem to wear this:

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    Don't know what unit flash Capt Myers is wearing in that picture, but the metal insignia is his Captain's rank.
     
  5. Do they wear the sandy beret for any other reason than to emulate the SAS?
     
  6. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    There are a relatively limited number of colours to pick from and given current ops sandy would be high on my list of appropriate colours.
     
  7. Stripes? Alternate squares of primary colours?

    Doesn't anyone on the uniform design team have any imagination? :)
     
  8. Maroon
    Brown
    Khaki
    Navy Blue
    Sky Blue
    Black
    Scarlet
    Light Grey
    Dark Grey
    Blue Grey
    Emerald Grey
    Cypress Green
    Rifle Green
    Bottle Green

    :twisted:
     
  9. What about shocking pink? 3 Para Mortars will be outraged!
     
  10. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    They call it 'Tan' and it's actually closer in shade to our Guards' beige berets.

    [quote="Steven]
    Stripes? Alternate squares of primary colours?

    Doesn't anyone on the uniform design team have any imagination? [/quote]

    You're obviously unfamiliar with the demi-leopard skin beret of the "Men of the 303" :D
     
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  11. This OP picture is of course of Capt. Matt Myer US Rangers, recipient of the Silver Star and Reprimand.

    Astonishing story.

    Battle

    and

    Reprimand
     
  12. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    And various shades there of: All of which could lead to accusations of copying.
     
  13. Those are flashes specific to 75th Ranger Regiment. Myers is wearing the generic "Ranger" flash.
     
  14. Pure coincidence then?