The maroon (crimson) beret, as a symbol of the Special Forces elite, has existed for over thirty years. The right to conduct tests to obtain the treasured symbol in Russia have only three best Special Forces detachments:”Vityaz”, “Rusich” and Novosibirsk “Ermak”.
The handing of the Maroon Beret is made in solemnity before the whole unit formation. The soldier, who has successfully passed all the tests, gets the beret, stands on right knee, kisses it, puts it on his head, turns to the ranks, puts his hand to the headgear and loudly says: “I serve the Fatherland and the Spetsnaz!”
Since this moment the soldier has the right to wear the Maroon Beret as a part of his casual and full dress. Later he is given the certificate with the identification number, confirming the right to wear the Maroon Beret.
The beret consists of four major parts: the soft round cap, the bulging flat crown, the tight fitted headband with no brim, the lining.
The cap and the crown are sewn of wool, the headband is made of artificial leather.
On the back side of the beret there is a self-fabric carrier with a cord to fit the beret on the head, on the sides – the ventilation holes (grommets).
The lining is made of a lightweight breathable material.
At the point of the contact of the head with the inside of the beret, there is a rhombus leather protective patch sewn to the lining.
Benefits of the beret: does not require maintaining a strictly predetermined shape, is not blown away by the wind, and at the same time sufficiently covers the head in a cold day, can be easily folded for storage or transportation.