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Old 04-05-2012, 12:02   #21
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Green Berets are special because they EARNED theirs.

when the army decided to make everybody special, it made nobody special....every flunky painting the general's rocks around the flag pole had a beret.

its good that they went back to EARNING a Beret.
I am not sure we read the same article there Ranger.
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Old 04-05-2012, 16:05   #22
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[QUOTE=jerryd;18804705]GO BACK TO THE C#*T CAP !!!!!![/Q
that would be an outstanding idea !!!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 16:44   #23
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Green Berets are special because they EARNED theirs.

when the army decided to make everybody special, it made nobody special....every flunky painting the general's rocks around the flag pole had a beret.

its good that they went back to EARNING a Beret.
Right on the money . . . thank you.
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Old 04-05-2012, 21:25   #24
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I agree, I also hated it when we went to them many years ago and what made it even worse was that they took the black berets from the Rangers in order for the rest of the Army to wear them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 22:20   #25
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... was odd that he endorsed taking the black beret away from the Ranger Regiment and giving it to the whole Army considering, he himself, was a Ranger
He got the idea when he was visiting a ranger battalion and was impressed by how sharped they looked. He figured that introducing the beret to the whole Army would improve morale and esprit of corps.

There were several reasons he picked the black beret for the whole Army:

1. Rangers has made it a symbol of pride and professionalism.

2. Non-ranger units has had the black beret before. The black beret is traditionally worn by armor units across the world. American armor units used it in the early 70s but it was taken away from them.

3. The black beret was a better match for the combat uniform and matched the black boots worn at the time.

I think the 75th Ranger Regiment got the better deal. The tan beret they have now looks much sharper than the black one ever did. The tan beret is also a traditional color for berets worn by ranger units, e.g. the British Army.
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Old 04-05-2012, 22:23   #26
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The black beret is still the standard headgear for the Army Service Uniform (ASU) and the Class A/B uniform, but I have bought the service cap and wear it instead of the beret when I'm in my ASU.
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Old 04-07-2012, 00:03   #27
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No mixed emotions here. Hated the idea 10 years ago, and happy the Army's CSM had the common sense to revert back to the PC.

The beret (regardless of color) is a completely non-functional piece of headgear.
I look forward to the day I can give mine to my hounds to chew on.
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