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Old 11-02-2023, 10:15   #1
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11th Group Beret w/ "half-flash"

Can't attest to veracity but received this news item in a Soldiers Systems Daily newsletter. Some might find interesting or comment on how common that was. Just have never seen such a thing before. From the article (pic attached):
You might find something odd about the Green Beret worn by Army SP4 Keith Campbell. He’s wearing what was known as a Recognition Bar for the Army Reserve’s 11th SFG(A) which was deactivated in the early 90s.

Frequently referred to as a "candy stripe" or “half flash”, Recognition Bars were worn by non-Special Forces qualified personnel (generally support troops) and those conventional units assigned to a Special Activities Force (SAF). These troops wore Green Berets while assigned to SF units with the “candy stripe” located below the rank or insignia. “Candy stripes” mimicked the same design/colors as accompanying beret flashes. Replaced in 1982 when the full flash was required to be worn by all personnel serving in Special Forces. Originally cut from beret flashes, they were later manufactured by themselves. The "Candy stripe" would be worn under the insignia or officer rank. This practice continued until the authorization of Special Forces branch and the award of the Special Forces sleeve "long tab" tab. Today, only Special Forces-qualified soldiers may wear the Green Beret. Each Special Forces Group has its own unique beret flash, which is worn by all members assigned to the unit; Special Forces-qualified soldiers wear it on the Green Beret while enablers wear it on the Maroon Beret.
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