The red beret is a uniform cap of special mission units of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. It is a boast and pride of each special squad soldier. Only those who manage to stand special tests, have a right to wear the red beret. Besides, it can be granted to soldiers who show courage performing a mission.
The main purpose of the test to win the red beret is to identify soldiers with best performance.
Before the test, they organize a pretest, which lasts for one or two days and includes a three-kilometer race, chin-ups, push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises.
The actual test includes a ten-kilometer quick march, followed by an extreme assault course, hand-to-hand fighting, high-rise building storming, and acrobatics.
The soldier gets disqualified after three mistakes.
No more than 30% of all the participants will make it to the finish. They make the test more and more complex until the necessary number of people is left. Thus, a 12-kilometer quick march may turn into a 15-kilometer one.
In the picture you can see a soldier running along the pipe with another soldier shooting at the ground.
The soldiers are crossing the lake.
Special mission units training is a cult.
The test to earn the red beret varies in each country. However, its essence is common for all: a soldier has to stand certain physical and psychological tests on the verge of the human’s potential. In all the countries they have a long-distance quick march, a hand-to-hand fighting and a shooting.
The presentation of berets is held in a solemn atmosphere.
From this day on, the soldier has a right to wear it with his everyday cloths or uniform. As a rule, soldiers also receive special certificates confirming their right to wear the red beret.
A soldier may be deprived of the right to wear the beret in case his behaviour discredits the special mission units.
In the picture: the soldiers congratulate their fellow who has successfully passed a hand-to-hand fighting test.
No one but its owner is allowed to touch the beret. There is one more interesting fact: they never replace the beret with a new one no matter how old it is. The shabbier the beret the better, that is what special squad soldiers think.
Red berets give no privileges to their owners (neither addition to the salary, no promotion).