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

Military police

A member of the British Royal Military Police wearing a red beret near the Berlin Wall in 1984.

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

Commando forces

Malaysian Maritime STAR commandos with scarlet red coloured beret.

Paramilitary forces

Other military units

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 forces


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 Organizations

In popular culture


Comic books


See also


  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