The red beret is a military beret worn by many military, paramilitary, commando, and police forces and should not be confused with the maroon beret worn by airborne troops all around the world.

Military policeEdit

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

Red Beret-wearing, British, Royal Military Police member uses field glasses to look across the Berlin Wall from a viewing platform on the western side, 1984.

Commando forcesEdit

Malaysian Maritime STAR commandos with scarlet red coloured beret.

Paramilitary forcesEdit

Other military unitsEdit

U.S. Air Force Combat Controller red beret
A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Officer participating in a unit ceremony wearing his red beret

The following military units wear red berets:

The following military units formerly wore red berets:

Police forcesEdit


The red beret was worn as a distinguishing device by Carlist Guías de Navarra (Navarre Guides) soldiers in the First Carlist War, encouraged by their commander Tomás de Zumalacárregui. Regular Carlists wore a black beret. The red beret became widespread amongst the Carlists in the Second Carlist War, it later became an emblem of Carlists in general, often with a yellow pom pom or tassel.[3] See also the Requetés, (Spanish:Hunting callers) a type of volunteer unit during the Spanish Civil War.

The red beret was also worn by the Chapelgorris (Spanish:Red caps) who fought against the Carlists in the First Carlist War.


Native American Veteran OrganizationsEdit

  • The American Indian Movement, Native American Indians whom were former U.S. military veterans, have adopted the use of the red beret as one of their Native warrior society symbols back in 1970. The Red Beret is also in use by Native American warrior societies and tribal government police, Law Enforcement and by members and veterans of Native American organizations such as the TIMB Taino Indian Movement of Boriken (Puerto Rico).

In popular cultureEdit


Comic booksEdit


  • Mirai Sentai Timeranger (2000-2001) – worn by Naoto Takizawa, played by Shinji Kasahara, as the leader of the City Guardians.
  • Power Rangers Time Force (2001) – worn by Eric Myers, played by Daniel Southworth, as the leader of the Silver Guardians.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Military Police requests rights to process traffic violators (in Estonian)
  2. ^ Time (magazine)
  3. ^ p.32 MacClancy, Jeremy The Decline of Carlism University of Nevada Press, 2000