German soldiers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) attend a change of command ceremony of provincial reconstruction team at their military base in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 10 November 2008. Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) are small teams of civilian and military personnel working in Afghanistan's provinces to provide security for aid workers and help reconstruction work
COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - In this handout image supplied by the MoD Crown Copyright, Thousands of People line the High Street to welcome troops from Colchester-based regiments returning home from Afghanistan as they march on November 18, 2008 in Colchester, England. The Mayor of Colchester and Colchester Borough Council invited troops from Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade to take part in a church service followed by a civic reception at the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 18, to welcome them home from six months in Afghanistan this summer, and remember those who have not returned. (Photo: Cpl Rupert Frere RLC / Mandatory Credit Crown Copyright)
And btw what is so special with a beret? I mean really!?!
Ok you have to go through (often) some though **** to get it!
But how practical is it? Its useless in the field!
Give me a booniehat anyday!!
Its just an item of uniform. Unless we're wearing boonie hats or dliacs and being sicklycrazyuber tactical, we always left our Beret's on during exercises with Cadets. Admittedly I was Green Howards (Later Yorkshire Regiment) and they were a lovely khaki green colour, but other units had dark blue quite commonly (Including notably some Para regiment cadets - in the British system, apart from a few old public schools with their own capbadge, you wear the badge of the nearesrt regiment. So the para cadets had para cap badges, but on blue beret's as they hadnt earned a red one by passing Pcoy)
You used to see British troops in Iraq patrolling in their beret rather than a Helmet as it was less imposing/scary...
So while some berets are issued for certain impressive feats (Pcoy, Selection etc) others are standard issue, but still respected as they bear the badge (and thus honour) of your unit/regiment which has (in theory) done impressive things in the past for you to lie up to.