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The green beret was the official headgear of the British Commandos of World War II. It is still worn with pride by members of the Royal Marines after passing the Commando Course and any member of the British Military who has passed the All Arms Commando Course.

There are certain other military organisations which also wear the green beret because they have regimental or unit histories that have a connection with the British Commandos of World War II. These include the Australia and French commandos and the United States Army Special Forces . Although it is unusual for American units to wear distinctive headgear, it is the norm in the armed forces of the Commonwealth Nations, where most regiments wear hats or cap badges which reflect regimental battle honours and traditions.

Australian commandos

British commandos

In the United Kingdom all Royal Marines who have passed the Commando Course wear the green beret. Personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force volunteering for service with 3 Commando Brigade undertake the All Arms Commando Course, completion of which allows the individual to wear the headgear. Commando-qualified Royal Marines always wear the green beret, but commando-qualified personnel from other services only wear it, with their own cap badge, when serving with commando units unless otherwise...
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