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Wear of the Beret

Wear of the Beret

Army Regulation 670-1

3 February 2005

Effective date: 3 March 2005


Uniforms and Insignia

Wear and Appearance of
Army Uniforms and Insignia

3-5. Headgear
a. Beret
(1) General. The beret is the basic headgear for utility
uniforms in garrison environments. The beret is not worn
in the field, in training environments, or in environments
where the wear of the beret is impractical, as determined
by the commander. Additionally, the beret is not worn on
deployments unless authorized by the commander. Personnel
being transferred from one organization to another may
continue to wear the beret and flash of the former unit
until they report for duty at the new organization.

Figure 3-4. Wear of the Beret, male and female

(2) Wear.
The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is
straight across the forehead, 1 inch above the eyebrows.
The flash is positioned over the left eye, and the excess
material is draped over to the right ear, extending to at least
the top of the ear, and no lower than the middle of the ear.
Personnel will cut off the ends of the adjusting ribbon and
secure the ribbon knot inside the edge binding at the back
of the beret. When worn properly, the beret is formed to the
shape of the head; therefore, soldiers may not wear hairstyles
that cause distortion of the beret. Paragraph 3-5 c , below,
addresses wear of headgear insignia.
Figures 3-1 and 3-4 show wear of the beret.
Soldiers wear berets as indicated below:
(3) Black Beret.
(a) Soldiers who are not assigned to units or positions
authorized wear of the tan, green, or maroon berets will wear
the black beret. This includes senior and junior ROTC
instructors, unless otherwise indicated below.
(b) Soldiers are issued the black beret upon assignment
to their first permanent duty assignment after the completion
of initial entry training or officer/warrant officer basic courses.
Cadets and officer/warrant officer candidates will not wear the
black beret. Split-option soldiers or soldiers in the simultaneous membership program will wear the black beret only when
performing duties with their units, and they will wear the patrol
cap with the BDU, as described in paragraph 3-5 b below,
when in a cadet or trainee status. Soldiers who have not been
issued or who do not wear the black beret will wear the patrol
cap with the BDU, as indicated in paragraph 3-5 b below.
In those cases where beret sustainment levels are not sufficient
for turn-in and reissue of unserviceable berets, the commander
can authorize the temporary wear of the patrol cap until the
beret can be replaced.
(c) The Army flash is the only flash authorized for wear on
the black beret, unless authorization for another flash was
granted before the implementation of the black beret as the
standard Army headgear
(for example, Opposing Forces (OPFOR) elements).
(4) Ranger Tan Beret.
Soldiers currently assigned to the following units are
authorized wear of the Ranger tan beret. Personnel will
wear the approved flash of the unit to which they are assigned.
(a) 75 th Ranger Regiment.
(b) Ranger Training Brigade.
(c) Ranger-qualified soldiers in the following units or
positions, if they previously served in the 75 th Ranger
Regiment: U.S. Special Operations Command; U.S.
Army Special Operations Command; U.S. Special
Operations Command Joint Task Force; and Theater Special
Operations Command. The 75 th Ranger Regiment is the
sole authority for validation of service in the Ranger Regiment.
(5) Green Beret.
(a) If approved by local commanders, all Special
Forces-qualified personnel (those carrying the Special
Forces MOSs of 18A or 180A, CMF 18, and CSMs
reclassified from 18Z to OOZ) are authorized to wear the
green beret. This includes senior and junior ROTC instructors
and those attending training at an Army service school in a
student status (for example, CGSC, DLI, or USASMA). 
(b) Special Forces personnel will wear the approved
flash of the unit to which they are assigned. Special Forces
personnel who are assigned to an organization without an
approved flash will wear the generic SF flash
(the flash approved for personnel assigned to SF positions,
but not assigned to SF units).
(6) Maroon Beret.
All personnel assigned to airborne units whose primary
missions are airborne operations wear the maroon beret.
The airborne designation for a unit is found in the unit
modification table of organization and equipment (MTOE).
Other soldiers authorized to wear the maroon beret are
indicated below. Personnel will wear the approved flash
of the unit to which they are assigned.
(a) Active Army advisors to reserve airborne units on jump status.
(b) All personnel assigned to the airborne departments of the
U.S. Army Infantry School and the
U.S. Army Quartermaster School.
(c) All personnel assigned to
long-range surveillance detachments designated as airborne.
(d) All personnel assigned to the airborne/airlift action office.
(e) Recruiters of the Special Operations Recruiting
Company (SORC), U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
Personnel will wear the USASOC flash.
(f) All personnel assigned to the airborne procurement team.
(g) All personnel assigned to
55th Signal Company Airborne Combat Camera Documentation Team.
(h) All personnel assigned to
982d Combat Signal Company airborne platoons.
(i) All personnel assigned to rigger detachments.
Headgear Insignia
(See para 28-3 for placement of headgear insignia and beret flashes.)
(1) Beret. Officers and warrant officers wear non-subdued
grade insignia centered on the beret flash, and chaplains wear
their branch insignia. Enlisted personnel wear their distinctive
unit insignia (DUI) centered on the beret flash.
Enlisted personnel assigned to units not authorized the
DUI wear their regimental distinctive insignia (RDI).
General officers may wear full-, medium-, or miniature-sized
stars on the beret. Stars are centered horizontally on the
flash point-to-point, and they may be mounted on a bar as
an option. Overlap of the stars beyond the flash is authorized.
The black beret became the basic headgear for this uniform on
14 June 2001. (See para 3-5 of this regulation for wear
policy of the beret and other headgear.)
Beret. The black beret became the standard headgear for utility
uniforms on 14 June 2001. The beret consists of a woolen
knitted outer shell (lined or unlined) with a leather sweatband
and an adjusting ribbon threaded through the binding.
The beret is equipped with a stiffener on the left front for the
attachment of organizational flashes and insignia.
Beret, black/tan/green/maroon.
Personnel will wear the following insignia on berets:
(1) Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces soldiers wear
their distinctive flashes on their berets.
All other soldiers wear the Army flash on the black beret,
unless authorization for another flash was granted before
implementation of the black beret as the standard Army
headgear (see para 3-5 a (3) ). The flash is sewn centered on the
stiffener of the beret, with non-contrasting thread (see fig 28-9 ).
(2) Officers wear non-subdued grade insignia centered
on the flash; chaplains wear their branch insignia
(see fig 28-10 ). 
(3) Enlisted personnel wear their DUI centered on the
flash. Soldiers assigned to units without a DUI wear
the regimental distinctive insignia (RDI) on the flash.
(see fig 28-11 ).

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Courtesy of  The Institute of Heraldry


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