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A complete history of Army berets and who’s allowed to wear them

November 26, 2017

From the Army Times website

While it’s true that President John F. Kennedy authorized Special Forces soldiers to wear a rifle green beret in 1961, the soldiers had been wearing them off the books for the better part of the previous decade — and they weren’t the first to do that.

It turns out that all of the Army’s berets — from green to maroon to black, and the tan that replaced it — were first worn as an unauthorized morale booster.

The first instance of a colored beret in the U.S. Army was in 1943, Army Historical Foundation chief historian Matt Seelinger told Army Times.

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