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GENUINE AUSTRALIA ELITE UNIT 1 COMMANDO METAL BERET BADGE
Australian made, quality. The reverse has 3 pins with clip fasteners.
Unit History:The 1st Commando Regiment is one of the three combat units of the Australian Special Operations Command. Australian Army commando regiments are trained and organised primarily as a direct action and raiding forces. The 1st Commando Regiment is an integrated unit composed of regular (full-time) soldiers, ex-regular and reserve (part-time) soldiers. The Regiment’s primary function is to provide individual commando reinforcements to the Army’s full-time Commando unit, the 2n Commando Regiment. The Regiment also provides specialist command and control capabilities for Special Operations Command.
Having disbanded all wartime special units it was deemed necessary to maintain the techniques and skills developed during the war. As a result two reserve commando companies were raised in 1955, 1 Commando Company in Sydney and 2 Commando Company in Melbourne. The established strength of the new commando companies was to be 265 all ranks, consisting of one major, five captains (three of them platoon commanders), six sergeants and 241 other ranks. This establishment was very similar to the Independent Companies of WWII.
1 Commando Company was raised in New South Wales on 24 February 1955 however the Officer Commanding Major W.H (Mac) Grant, decided that the official birthday would be their first parade on 25 June 1955. 2 Commando Company was raised in Victoria on 24 February 1955.
Major Grant travelled to the United Kingdom in 1955 and studied Royal Marine Commando training methods, completing their course, and being awarded their symbol of commando qualification, the light green (Sherwood) beret. It was decided that Australian commandos would also adopt the Sherwood beret as the symbol of qualification, with the first one being awarded in Australia to Captain George Cardy of 1 Commando Company on 14 July 1956.
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