The British Army is facing criticism over a new cap badge, said to resemble one used by a controversial Rhodesian army unit.
The Telegraph has reported that multiple officers have raised concerns over the new Ranger Regiment's cap badge due to its resemblance to one used by the Selous Scouts – the disbanded special forces regiment of the former-Rhodesian Army.
In a statement, the Army said the new Ranger Regiment badge "has been designed around the peregrine falcon".
"Any comparison or association to the Osprey depicted in the Selous Scouts' cap badge is completely inaccurate," the statement said.
"The Ranger Regiment is very proud of its new cap badge which takes inspiration and spirit from the peregrine falcon; fast, agile and fiercely loyal to its partner, it operates around the world in all environments including deserts, mountains and cities."
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Everyone serving in the Ranger Regiment will wear the metal badge, regardless of rank, as well as a gunmetal grey also chosen for the regimental beret and stable belt.
Created as part of the Army's 'Future Soldier' modernisation plan, the Ranger Regiment will stand up from 1 December 2021.