Red beret

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The red beret is a military beret worn by many military police, paramilitary, commando, and police forces. The term is also used to refer to the British Parachute Regiment, although members wear the maroon beret.


The red beret was worn as a distinguishing device by Carlist soldiers in the First Carlist War and later became an emblem of Carlists in general, often with a yellow pom pom or tassel.[1]

Airborne forces[edit]

Military police[edit]

Red berets are worn by the military police of many NATO and Commonwealth of Nations militaries.

Red Beret-wearing British military police officer uses field glasses to look across the Berlin Wall from a viewing platform on the western side, 1984.

Paramilitary forces[edit]

Commando forces[edit]

Malaysian Maritime STAR commandos with scarlet red coloured beret.

Other military units[edit]

The following military units wear red berets:

The following military units formerly wore red berets:

Police forces[edit]


In popular culture[edit]


Comic books[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ p.32 MacClancy, Jeremy The Decline of Carlism University of Nevada Press, 2000
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