Originally Posted by SGT278ACR
... 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.