Saturday, February 20, 2016

Republic of Vietnam Enlisted Army Berets - Quân lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa

Republic of Vietnam enlisted rank berets, circa 1960s-70s, RVNHS Archive.

            Berets worn by regular troops of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam were typically wool, and were either black or a tan/khaki color. A gold color badge denoted an officer rank, and a silver badge signified enlisted. The badges themselves could be either metal, bullion, or embroiderd cloth. The two examples shown here are black and tan versions of enlisted berets with bullion badges. The black features an added plastic covering, which tailors sometimes applied to beret badges to ensure their protection from the elements. Fewer enlisted berets of this type survive today than officer ranks, so we cherish these original examples that the RVNHS Archive has been able to acquire.

A soldier of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam wearing a black enlisted beret,
1960s, RVNHS Archive.

US Vice-President Spiro Agnew and Nguyen Cao Ky review
the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Guard, 1970.
Note the black enlisted berets on the members of the Presidential Guard.

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