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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 

OFFICER HELMET

ARVN TAN OFFICER BERET 

ARMY ENLISTED BULLION BERET 

ARMY ENLISTED METAL BERET

ARMOR FIELD OFFICER BERET 

ARMOR COMPANY OFFICER BERET

ARMOR COMPANY OFFICER BERET VARIANT 

ARMOR ENLISTED BERET 

THU DUC ACADEMY BERET

NATIONAL POLICE BULLION BERET 

NATIONAL POLICE METAL BERET

SPECIAL FORCES LLDB BERET 

AIRBORNE BERET 

AIRBORNE BERET VARIANT

RANGER BERET 

RANGER GENERAL RANK BERET

MILITARY CUSTOMS CAMOUFLAGE BERET 

EARLY ARMY OFFICER TAN BERET 

EARLY ARMY FIELD OFFICER TAN BERET

EARLY ARMY FIELD OFFICER BLACK BERET 

ARVN CAMOUFLAGE BERET

ARVN CAMOUFLAGE FIELD CAP 

OFFICER FIELD CAP 

ENLISTED FIELD CAP

NAVY/NATIONAL POLICE BLUE FIELD CAP 

NAVY SAILOR CAP

VNAF OFFICER OVERSEAS CAP 

FRENCH BUSH CAP 

OLIVE DRAB BUSH CAP

ARVN WINDPROOF BOONIE 

ARVN CAMOUFLAGE BOONIE

MARINE TIGER STRIPE CAMOUFLAGE BOONIE 

FEDORA STYLE CAMOUFLAGE CAP 


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