US Army stops using black beret as official headgear after 10 years, goes back to police cap

By on Jun 14, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The US Army will stop using black beret as their official headgear after 10 years, and will go back wearing police caps.



US Army, wearing black beret
Image Credit: ArmyTimes.com

As published at ArmyTimes.com on Monday, June 13, 2011, the US Army will replace their black beret with police caps starting Tuesday, after the soldiers raised negative feedback against it.

According to the report, the US Army soldiers have been complaining on the inconvenience using the black beret as it takes two to wear and cannot be put inside their pockets.

Apparently, US Army Sergeant Major Raymond Chandler submitted the survey to Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, with Army Secretary John McHugh approved their recommendation.

The black beret was implemented on June 14, 2011 by then US Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki, who was quoted that time that the change was “our excellence as soldiers, our unity as a force and our values as an institution”.

Before the police cap was changed to black beret in 2001, it was only being used by elite Rangers special operation forces, which later implemented in the entire US Army.

Nevertheless, Rangers, Special Forces and Airborne will still be allowed to wear the respective colored beret as their standard headgear.

More changes in the uniform of the US Army will be announced later and while the black beret will no longer be worn in field, it will still be part of their uniform.



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