Posted on Mar 27, 2017
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I'm looking around for a different beret. I don't like how short the excess of the beret is on the DSCP ones. I've seen folks wearing the Rothco ones, but I've tried a few times for those and they always seem like there's too much. What brand makes the berets for airborne or is there a trick to making the rothco's fit?
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MSgt George Cater
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I was taught by a Royal Marine ages ago to boil the beret then do all your shaving/ shaping. Being wool it shrinks and tightens the weave. You can stretch it back out as needed during fitting.
It comes out pretty well.
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CSM William DeWolf
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Yes, good advice and it works.
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1SG, do you know if their sizing is the same as those on the PC? I know the DSCP ones are small. I.E., I wear a 7 1/2 PC, but a 7 beret
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My red beret was DSCP, I believe it is the standard brand sold at clothing & sales. I have never seen a Rothco type. I'm not sure what you mean by excess? Are you pulling the beret to one side too much causing that side of go past the ear?

The way I was taught in the 3/504: 1) tighten strings to fit on your head so the bottom edge when worn is parallel to the floor, 2) Cut strings, then burn the ends so the wax keeps it from fraying and cut off tag 3) Shave beret completely, 4) Soak beret in water and then put it on your head, 5) shape beret by pinching the left side to create the crease, then fold the other side so it touches the top of your ear (although many will pull it down further despite the regs), 6) smooth out any creases by pinching the left side and gently tug on the folded right side, 7) wear it for an hour or two until its semi-dry. 8) if the flash doesn't sit flush when worn, you can trim the backing behind to make it flatter.
The hardest part about a beret is maintaining the shape afterwards, and keeping it your pocket without distorting the shape.

If you're going to buy a Rothco or some other brand just make sure the color is the same as a DSCP. I wouldn't worry about the cost since you're only buying two (one for general use and another for inspections/parades). That should last you for years, so if you think about it in long term then the cost isn't a big deal.
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