Army drops khaki cap for blue beret

The Greek army is withdrawing the khaki folded cap known as the dikoho that has been the headgear of all soldiers and non-commissioned officers in parade uniform for the last 23 years, replacing it with a dark blue beret bearing an embroidered national badge. The change will come into effect in May, the Army General Staff announced. The decision was taken in order to make the uniform more functional and attractive and was agreed upon with retired officers after all army personnel were polled. Units which already wore berets will retain their own colors. These are green for the special forces and marines, black for armored units, maroon for the army air force, red for the 71st Airborne Brigade and light blue for the Presidential Guard. The khaki folded cap was worn before and during World War II and was reintroduced in 1978. The Athens 2004 president has said officially that efforts by the government and the organizing committee have to be sped up.

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