IDF announces beret shake-up for elite units

The elite Egoz and Rimon units will do away with their, respective, brown and purple berets and don red ones next week, the army decides, in a move that has rankled the commandos.

In late 2015, the army brought together the Egoz, Rimon, Maglan and Duvdevan units to form what is known colloquially as the Commando Brigade.

Maglan and Duvdevan already sport red berets, thanks to their original connections to the Paratroopers Brigade, but Egoz, which was historically a part of the brown-bereted Golani Brigade, and Rimon, of the purple-bereted Givati Brigade, have kept their distinct head coverings until now.

Since the Commando Brigade was formed, there has been an internal struggle between the four units that make it up as they try to come together, while maintaining their unique attributes.

Judah Ari Gross

Illustrative: Dozens of paratroopers received red berets that signified the end of their training at a ceremony, February 18, 2018, on Ammunition Hill. (The Times of Israel/Rebecca McKinsey)

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