What manner of men are these who wear the maroon beret?
They are firstly, all volunteers and are then toughened by hard physical training. As a result they have that infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from physical well being. They have jumped from the air and by doing so have conquered fear. Their duty lies in the van of battle. They are proud of their honour and have never failed in any task. They have the highest standards in all things whether it be skill in battle or smartness in execution of all peacetime duties. They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack. They are in fact, men apart, every man an Emperor. Of all the factors, which make for success in battle, the spirit of the warrior is decisive. That spirit will be found in full measure in the men who wear the maroon beret.
The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.