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Old 06-11-20, 05:51 AM
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This was described as being approved by the MOD.
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Old 06-11-20, 09:45 AM
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Blackened metal badges are worn by serving soldiers but PRl or private purchase rather than issued.

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Old 06-11-20, 10:23 AM
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Tim,

Is there any particular reason why these private purchased badges are blackened? Thank you.
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Old 06-11-20, 10:38 AM
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To make it harder for people to see at a distance and so shoot you.

The cherry beret doesn't help much in that regard though.
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Old 06-11-20, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for that. Same reason why there’s ‘subdued’ cloth insignia.

Just occurred to me. All RM issued beret badges - worn during ops - are blackened/subdued aren’t they? There is however a shiny version (pic below) which I’f I’m not mistaken is intended to be worn when not on ops or with dress uniforms?
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Old 06-11-20, 12:13 PM
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There are two issued versions of the RM ORs beret badge:

Badge, Organisation. Cap. Royal Marines. Aluminium, anodised gold

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Badge, Organisation, Cap. Royal Marines. Gilding metal, bronzed finish

the latter is the 'blackened' version which is worn in normal day-to-day working rig and (if berets are worn) on ops.
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