Wednesday, February 4, 2015

RCASC Berets

The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC) was an administrative and transport corps of the Canadian Army.
The RCASC was established, by General Order No. 141, as the Canadian Army Service Corps (CASC), on November 1, 1901. The CASC was modelled directly off the British Army Service Corps to provide all transportation and supply services to the Army.
When the Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force were merged in 1968 to form the Canadian Forces, the administrative Corps of the Army were deactivated and merged with their Naval and Air Force counterparts to form the Canadian Forces' personnel branches.
In 1952 the khaki beret was replaced by a dark blue beret which had different coloured "half moon"cloth backing. The RCASC had a yellow backing. Strangely, these berets were unpopular with the troops. In a couple of years, the coloured backings were removed and replaced by smaller cloth backings in the shape of the cap badge.  

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