Rasberry Berets?!

Discussion in 'Humor - Jokes - Games and Diversions' started by Yard Dart, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    This is what it sounds like when doves cry.
    FORT BENNING, Ga. — Following the death of music legend Prince, Army Airborne has admitted that a long suspected myth about their maroon berets is true: the berets are actually raspberry colored.

    “They are, in fact, raspberry berets,” said Lt. Col. Korey Brown, Commander of 1st Battalion, 507th Airborne. “The 1-507th Airborne School was reactivated in 1985, the same year Raspberry Beret was released. Prince was winning Grammys, and with Gorbachev stirring the pot we were preparing to win wars. It made perfect sense.”

    The color of the berets, worn by elite airborne forces around the world, was adjusted by three shades to reach a more raspberry tone and the school’s leaders continued looking to the artist for inspiration as the fledgling battalion grew.

    “Prince’s band was called Revolution and that’s what we were having in the eighties,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, Commander of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. “New Airborne school, fresh command, updated technologies.”

    “And if we wanted increased student numbers we needed to show that with us, you didn’t have to be rich to get the girls,” Townsend said. “You didn’t have to be cool to patrol our world. We had particular skills you’d be compatible with; we just wanted your extra time and your kiss. I mean kits. Jump kits. We needed you to use our jump kits.”

    Noted for the ability to deploy anywhere in the world with little warning and drop in behind enemy lines, Airborne has a proud history, but some say it’s time to shift gears. A February Army Times article questioned if the program is now too impractical and disconnected from modern war to be effective. Townsend says these critiques, combined with the passing of Prince, have encouraged him to step forward about the raspberry berets.

    “If you mix the red, white and blue of our flag’s colors together it makes purple,” he said. “And when our paratroopers come soaring down from the skies to enforce freedom and justice, guess what? That’s purple rain.”

    “And just like Prince, the legends of Airborne will go on forever no matter what the future holds.”

    After Prince death, Airborne admits maroon berets actually raspberry – Duffel Blog
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  2. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I lived near Ft Bragg for 15 years and often when I saw a raspberry beret it reminded me of Prince's song. :)
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  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Very nice write-up. Never knew all that stuff.
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  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

  5. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Thumbs down.....ahhh come on G!! I was a paratrooper at Bragg and even I think the article was funny. :)
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  6. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    @Yard Dart
    You were a rope stretcher? :D:D

    The one that used to get under my skin was being called a dope on a rope. :whistle:
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  7. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Yes I was a pro at falling out of perfectly good aircraft......I have both badges.... ;)

    Dope on a rope may have applied to me on some days.....[LMAO]
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  8. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane...

  9. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    The chicks dig it.....ohhh and the extra $100 a month. ;)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
  10. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Nothing like red as part of your uniform for extra stealth points...
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I'd like to try a parachute before I die, (just not RIGHT BEFORE I die):eek::whistle:
  12. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    $100 a month; inflation kicked in.

    I don't know when you ets'd; however, back in the day we made a pay jump to keep jump pay for the whole time we were deployed. Do you know if that is still correct for the troopers in the ME?

    As Yard Dart said jump pay and women. ;) Although true, it actually goes a lot deeper; there is a lot of personal pride in earning a tab.
    Tabs of the United States Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Until 1983, Special Forces didn't have the "Special Forces" tab above the Airborne patch. That meant anyone assigned in any capacity to a Special Forces unit and was jump qualified looked the same as those who were SF qualified.

    PS: To get behind enemy lines and be a major PITA. ;)
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  13. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I am not sure how that is being handled....
    But I would assume that if you deploy while on jump status....you would continue with jump pay under an "exception" to the monthly requirements .
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  14. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Well, for my 2 cents (that is all it's worth) any fool jumping out of a operational aircraft needs his head examined - not a jump tab and a 'raspberry beret.' Maybe a sign hung around his/her neck saying "Enemies of my country: look upon me and fear. Fear my insanity! I jump out of aircraft to satisfy my insanity! And, I will jump down throat, grab your entails and rip them from your body. Fear me and my insanity!" :) I tried jumping, twice - NO THANK YOU! I was lucky not to crap myself. Now we know why you two old war dogs ( @Yard Dart and @Tikka ) have got screws loose! :):)

    Now repelling out of a helicopter might be different as I have a lot of experience repelling (mountaineering) and one is holding onto a rope and in control but jumping? Forget about it.
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  15. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    It's fun
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  16. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I got $100.00 a month flight pay and didn't normally have to jump out of planes....;)

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  17. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I got 100 frns a month proficiency pay, and didn't either --
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  18. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    I got Squat, cause I was 4F due to Allergies to Battlefield Meds, and never could get in... anywhere.... Oh well...
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  19. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    At least you tried... not like Slick Willie....
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  20. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    My brother got a 4F, because he had creaky knees... like he couldn't have been a mechanic or cook? I won the lottery, went to college instead.

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