Different Types Of Berets Worn In Indian Military

Hello Defence Lovers, In many armies of the world, berets indicate affiliation using their units to elite troops. Berets have features that make them very attractive for the military: they are cheap, can be manufactured in a wide range of colors, can be rolled up and stuffed into a pocket or under the shoulder straps can be worn with headphones (which is one reason why the tankers took beret) . Beret was found particularly useful for the crews of armored vehicles, and the British Tank Corps (later the Royal Tank Corps) took the headdress in 1918. Berets have been a component of the uniforms of many armed forces throughout the world since the mid-20th century.




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  • Military berets are usually pushed to the right to free the shoulder that bears the rifle on most soldiers, but the armies of some countries, mostly Europe, South America and Iran have influenced the push to the left.
  • Berets are in some countries particularly associated with elite units, who often wear berets in more unusual colours.
History Of Military Beret :
  • The informal use of beret-like headgear by the military of Europe dates back hundreds of years, one example being the Blue Bonnet, that became a de facto symbol of Scottish Jacobite forces in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Citation needed As an officially required military headdress, its use dates back to the Carlist Wars of Succession for the Spanish Crown in the 1830s by order of Carlist General Tomás de Zumalacárregui who wanted a local and non-costly way to make headgear that was resistant to the mountain weather, easy to care for and could be used on formal occasions.
  • Berets have features that make them attractive to the military: they are cheap, easy to make in large numbers, can be manufactured in a wide range of colors, can be rolled up and stuffed into a pocket or beneath the shirt epaulette without damage, and can be worn with headphones (this is one of the reasons why early tank crews adopted the beret).
  • The beret is not so useful in field conditions for the modern infantryman, who requires protective helmets, and non-camouflage versions are seldom seen on operations.
  • An unusual form of beret is the camo beret, mostly issued to special forces.
  • Countries that have issued camouflage berets include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, PRC, Denmark, Ecuador, Israel, Paraguay, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand.
  • Berets have become the default military headdress of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, just as the morion, tricorne, shako, kepi, and peaked cap were each common headgear in their own respective eras.
  • As recorded below the beret is now worn by many military personnel of the majority of nations around the globe.
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Types Of Berets In Indian Military :
  • The beret is the standard headgear for the Indian Army. Berets are worn by officers and other ranks, apart from Sikhs, who wear turbans.
  • The beret colours worn by the Indian Army are as follows:
(1.) Green Beret :
  • Green beret is worn by Infantry regiments and Military Intelligence.
(2.) Dark (Rifle) Green :

  • This beret is worn by National Cadet Corps and rifle regiments and some light infantry regiments including the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.
(3.) Maroon :

  • This beret is worn by the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces. 
  • The Parachute Regiment, Special Forces, Special Frontier Force or basically all Special Forces who are trained as Airborne Forces.
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(4.) Black :

  • This beret is worn by Armoured Corps and the National Security Guards.
  • The Armoured Corps and the Indian Navy (darker version of navy blue).
(5.) Grey :

  • This beret is worn by Army Aviation Corps and the Indian Air Force.
(6.) Scarlet (Red) :

  • This beret is worn by Corps of Military Police.
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(7.) Navy blue :
  • Another most recognised beret colour in India, it is worn by The Regiment of Artillery, Corps of Engineers, Corps of Signals, Support Arms and Services, Indian Coast Guard and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force.
(8.) Sand :military beret cap
  • This beret is worn by Marine Commandos.
(9.) Light Blue :

  • All personnel serving with the United Nations forces irrespective of unit, arm or service.
  • This colour is recognised all over the world.
(10.) Dark Blue :
  •  This beret is worn by  Corps of Engineers and Corps of Signals.
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