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A cap badge, also known as head badge or hat badge, is a badge worn on uniform headgear and distinguishes the wearer's organisation. The wearing of cap badges is a convention commonly found among military and police forces, as well as uniformed civilian groups such as the Boy Scouts, civil defence organizations, paramedical units (e.g. the St. John Ambulance Brigade), customs services, fire services etc. A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organisation whilst participating in that organisations activity. ... Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society. ... St. ...

Cap badges are a modern form of heraldry and the design of same generally incorporates highly symbolic devices. Heraldry in its most general sense encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. ...


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In the British Army (as well as Commonwealth armies), cap badges are extremely important, with each regiment and corps having its own. In some regiments, officers and other ranks have different cap badges. When a soldier is assigned to a regiment or corps, it is known as being capbadged to that organisation. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as The Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states all of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom, except for Mozambique and the United Kingdom itself. ... British regiment A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - commanded by a colonel. ... A corps (plural same as singular; a word that migrated from the French language, pronounced IPA: (cor), but originating in the Latin corpus, corporis meaning body) is either a large military unit or formation, an administrative grouping of troops within an army with a common function (such as artillery or... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ...

Variations of cap badges

British Infantry cap badges
British Infantry cap badges
Other British cap badges
Other British cap badges

British cap badges are commonly made of the following materials: Download high resolution version (1023x925, 123 KB)British Army infantry cap badges Created using the individual cap badges on the British Army website. ... Download high resolution version (1023x925, 123 KB)British Army infantry cap badges Created using the individual cap badges on the British Army website. ... Download high resolution version (959x709, 131 KB)British Cavalry, Support Arms and Services cap badges Created using the individual cap badges on the British Army website. ... Download high resolution version (959x709, 131 KB)British Cavalry, Support Arms and Services cap badges Created using the individual cap badges on the British Army website. ...

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Silver
  • Plastic
  • Cloth
The bi-metal cap badge of the Bermuda Regiment, an amalgamated unit, combines the field gun of the Royal Artillery badge with the Maltese Cross of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps.
The bi-metal cap badge of the Bermuda Regiment, an amalgamated unit, combines the field gun of the Royal Artillery badge with the Maltese Cross of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps.

Plastic cap badges were normally introduced during a prolonged war (e.g. the Second World War) when metals became strategic materials. Nowadays many cap badges in the British Army are made of a material called "stay-brite" plastic because it is cheap, flexible and does not require as much maintenance as the brass ones. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Bermuda Regiment Band A Command Centre during IS training. ... Tactical Recognition Flash of the Royal Artillery The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army. ... Maltese Cross The Maltese cross is identified as the symbol of the Christian warrior. ... Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps Cap Badges. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Regimental cap badges are usually cast as one single piece but in a number of cases they may be cast in different pieces. For instance, the badge of The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) is cast in two separate pieces: the Queen's Crown and the thistle in one piece, and the stag's head and scroll with regimental motto in another piece. (see the first picture above) The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) is an infantry battalion of the British Army. ...

A regiment or battalion may maintain different variations of the same cap badge for members of different sub-units within the same regiment. Such variations are usually made in terms of the badges' material, size and stylization. In most British and Commonwealth regiments, variations in cap badges are normally made for: Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols A battalion is a military unit usually consisting of between two and six companies and typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. ...

  • Officers: usually three-dimensional in design with more expensive materials such as silver, enamel, gilt etc.
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Officers such as Sergeants, Colour Sergeants and Warrant Officers: a more elaborate design compared with those worn by other ranks but usually not as elaborate as those worn by the officers
  • Pagri (turban) badge
  • Members of the regimental band and pipes and drums: usually a larger version of the other ranks' badge for the musicians' pith helmet or the pipers' feather bonnet or glengarry headdress

Some regiments, mainly the infantry ones, maintain a blackened or subdued version of their cap badges as shiny brass cap badges may attract the enemy's (especially snipers') attention on the battlefield. There are also cloth or embroidered versions for officers or for wear on the jungle cap. Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... Colour Sergeant (CSgt or C/Sgt) is an non-commissioned rank in the Royal Marines, ranking above Sergeant and below Warrant Officer Class 2. ... Two Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers. ... Pipes and drums are synonymous with pipe band, and both commonly refer to bands comprised of musicians who play the Scottish Highland bagpipes and drums. ... Pith helmet of Harry S. Truman The Pith Helmet (also known as Sun helmet, Topee, or Topi) is a lightweight helmet made of cork or pith typically from the sola or a similar plant [1], with a cloth cover, designed to shade the wearers head from the sun. ... == Feather Bonnet == The Feather Bonnet is a type of headdress used mainly by the Highland Regiments throughout the 18th Century, but now it is mostly worn by Pipers and Drummers in various bands throughout the world. ...

Wearing conventions

The cap badge is positioned differently depending on the form of headdress:

  • Service dress cap: the centre point between the wearer's eyebrows
  • Beret: 1" (two fingers) above the left eye
  • Side cap: Between the left eye and the left ear
  • Scottish tam o'shanter: Between the left eye and the left ear
  • Scottish glengarry: Between the left eye and the left ear
  • Feather Bonnet: Slightly off the left ear towards the left eye
  • Fusilier cap or bearskin: Slightly off the left ear towards the left eye
  • Jungle hat or booney hat: Centre front or between left eye and left ear

Soldiers of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment wear a cap badge on both the front and the rear of their hats. The back badge is unique in the British Army and was awarded to the 28th Regiment of Foot for their actions at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801. Knowledge of this honour encouraged the soldiers of the Gloucestershire Regiment in the defence of Gloster Hill during the Battle of the Imjin River in April 1951 during the Korean War.[citation needed] Gen. ... Basque style Beret Black beret with military emblem A beret (pronounced in English, except in American English in which it is pronounced ) is a soft round cap, usually of wool felt, with a flat crown, which is worn by both men and women. ... A tam oshanter is a Scottish bonnet worn by men which was named after the character Tam o Shanter in the poem of that name by Robert Burns. ... Clan MacDonell of Glengarry is a branch of Clan Macdonald, taking its name from Glen Garry where the river Garry runs eastwards through Loch Garry to join the Great Glen about 16 miles (25 km) north of Fort William. ... The Wardrobe in Salisbury houses the RGBW regimental museum. ... The Egyptian city of Alexandria figured prominently in the military operations of Napoleons expedition of 1798. ... The Union Jack, flag of the newly formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ... Cap badge and back badge of the Gloucestershire Regiment The Gloucestershire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... The hill designated Hill 235 during the Korean War is remembered as Gloster Hill because of the actions of the Gloucestershire Regiment (the Glorious Glosters) in following their orders to Hold on where you are during the Battle of the Imjin River 1951. ... The Battle of the Imjin took place between April 22 – April 25, 1951 during the Korean War. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...

Additional items that reflect the regiment's historical accomplishments, such as backing cloth and hackles, may be worn behind the cap badge. In Scottish regiments, for instance, it is a tradition for soldiers to wear their cap badges on a small square piece of their regimental tartans. Officer Cadets may wear a small white piece of fabric behind their badges. Members of the Adjutant General's Corps who are attached to a Scottish infantry unit may be seen wearing a Scottish tam o'shanter with their corps badge instead of the Scottish regiment's badge. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers soldiers attached to regiments likewise often wear that regiments beret or headdress but with their own Corps badge. The hackle is a feather plume (most plumes are made of horsehair) that is attached to the headdress. ... A tartan is type of pattern, originating in woven cloth, but now used in many materials. ... Officer Cadet is a rank held by military cadets during their training to become commissioned officers. ... The Adjutant Generals Corps is a corps in the British Army responsible for many of its general administrative services. ... The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers cap badge The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME; usually pronounced phonetically as Reemee) is a corps of the British Army that has responsibility for the maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment. ...

The Royal Highland Fusiliers prefer to wear their white hackle instead of their cap badge with the Scottish Tam O'Shanter. Similarly, in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), only the pipers and drummers wear the regimental cap badge with their glengarries and feather bonnet, while the rest of the regiment wears the red hackle with their blue balmoral and tam o'shanter. The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margarets Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) was a regular Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division, and known (for short) as The RHF. The regiment was formed on 20th January 1959 by the (then) controversial amalgamation of the Royal... The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. ... // Places There are several places named Balmoral. ...

For a period leading up to Remembrance Day artificial poppies are worn by many people in Britain to commemorate those killed in war. When worn by service personnel in uniform, the plastic stem of the poppy is discarded and the paper petals are fitted behind the cap badge. (On forage caps the paper petals are fitted under the left hand chin strap button.) Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), also known as Poppy Day (South Africa and Malta), and Armistice Day (United Kingdom, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the holiday internationally) is a day to commemorate...


Canadian Forces

The Canadian Forces utilize a variety of metal and cloth cap badges on their headgear. The use of cap badges on combat clothing ceased with the introduction of the CADPAT uniform. The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC), are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... A sample of the temperate woodland CADPAT design. ...


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as provincial and municipal police forces, utilize forage caps and metal cap badges, though it is not uncommon to see modern police personnel on duty without headdress. “Mountie” redirects here. ...

External links

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