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Headgear of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

  In many ways the variety of headgear used by different branches of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces was more diverse than uniforms. Berets were worn by all branches with varying color and badges for unit and branch affiliation. US made M1 helmets were the most extensively used single type of headgear, but in many instances troops operated in field caps, boonie, bush caps, and berets without helmets. All of these caps also appeared in varieties of camouflage. Helmets and a small fraction of caps were imported, but as with uniforms, virtually all berets, bush caps, boonie, and field caps were made in Vietnam. Unfortunately, as with uniforms and all other types of South Vietnamese military items many replicas-fakes exist today of ARVN headgear, particularly being produced as items in Vietnam today often used to fool unsuspecting tourists. However, the items shown on this page are all original and are held in the Republic of Vietnam Historical Society's collection. Most of these pieces trace back to different US servicemen, some of whom served as advisors.

 

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NAVAL PETTY OFFICER VISOR CAP 

ARVN ENLISTED VISOR CAP

ARVN SENIOR OFFICER VISOR CAP 

ARVN JUNIOR OFFICER VISOR CAP

NATIONAL POLICE OFFICER VISOR CAP 

ENLISTED VNAF VISOR CAP 

US M1 HELMET

ARVN RANGER CAMOUFLAGE COVERED HELMET 

RANGER HELMET

MILITARY POLICE HELMET 

ARVN CAMOUFLAGE PAINTED HELMET 

ARVN TRAINING HELMET

NATIONAL POLICE ADRIAN HELMET 

ARVN BLACK ENLISTED BERET

ARVN TAN OFFICER BERET 

ARMOR FIELD OFFICER BERET 

ARMOR COMPANY OFFICER BERET

ARMOR COMPANY OFFICER BERET VARIANT 

ARMOR EM BERET

THU DUC OFFICER ACADEMY BERET 

AIRBORNE BERET 

AIRBORNE BERET VARIANT

RANGER BERET 

RANGER GENERAL'S RANK BERET

SPECIAL FORCES BERET 

NATIONAL POLICE BERET, METAL BADGE 

NATIONAL POLICE BERET, BULLION BADGE

MILITARY CUSTOMS CAMOUFLAGE BERET 

EARLY ARMY TAN OFFICER BERET (Cao Dai Affiliation)

EARLY ARMY TAN SENIOR OFFICER BERET (Cao Dai Affiliation) 

EARLY ARMY BLACK SENIOR OFFICER BERET (Cao Dai Affiliation) 

ARVN RANGER CAMOUFLAGE BERET 

ARVN RANGER CAMOUFLAGE FIELD CAP

ARVN MAJOR FIELD CAP 

ARVN ENLISTED FIELD CAP

NAVY / NATIONAL POLICE BLUE FATIGUE FIELD CAP 

ARVN WINDPROOF BOONIE CAP 

VNAF OFFICER'S OVERSEAS CAP

FRENCH BUSH CAP 

ARVN RANGER CAMOUFLAGE BOONIE CAP

MARINE TIGER STRIPE CAMOUFLAGE BOONIE 

GREEN BUSH CAP 

FEDORA STYLE CAMOUFLAGE CAP


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