Military personnel assigned to the Korps Commando-troepen or registered with it can be recognised by their beret emblem and the collar badges worn on the uniform. Personnel who successfully completed the Elementary Commando Training wears the green beret.
The Green Beret
Generally speaking, all over the world the green beret is worn by commando units, although in some countries a very similar green beret is worn by other (non-commando) units. This continues the tradition of the commando units that came into being during the Second World War. In the Netherlands, only those soldiers who successfully completed the Elementary Commando Training at the Korps Commandotroepen are allowed to wear the green beret
The background of the emblem, as is the case with all Dutch beret emblems, is shaped by a gothic W, indicating the name Wilhelmina, Queen of the Nether-lands from 1898-1948.
The dagger going through the emblem is based on an original English commando dagger and symbolises the relationship of our Korps Commandotroepen with No 10 Inter Allied Com-mando, of which the Dutch Commandos of No 2 (Dutch) Troop were a part of in the years between 1942 and 1945.
The handgrenade positioned above the dagger includes an exploding flame which indicates the aggressiveness that each commando should have. The final eye-catching characteristic of the beret emblem is the motto displayed on the binding: Nunc aut Nun quom, i.e Now or Never
The emblem is fashioned from gold-coloured metal and is worn on a black background with a green border.
The collar badges worn on the service dress, the so-called Daily Dress, display the same symbolism as the beret emblem. In order to obtain a certain symmetry, the emblem features two crossed commando daggers. The pentagonal collar patch on which the emblem is fastened is black with a green border.
The unit breast pocket emblem is worn on the right breast pocket of the service dress. The emblems are not provided by the Royal Netherlands Army but are purchased by the Korps Commondotroepen.
Any soldier who has successfully completed the set number of parachute jumps receives a certificate and is authorised to wear the respective parachutist emblem on the uniform.
Operational parachutist, automatic opening.
For this certificate, eight jumps have to be completed, the last three with equipment and weapon. The eighth jump is done at night
Five jumps have to be completed for this certificate. Generally speaking, this certificate is awarded to soldier who participate in parachuting training within the framework of adventurous training.
Operational parachutist, free-fall
For the operational, military free-fall certificate at least 20 jumps have to be completed. Three of these jumps have to include equipment and weapon.
Two jump will be made at night whereby one of these two must include equipment and weapon. The free-fall jumps will be made at a maximum altitude of approximately 4 kilometres. All special operations commandos participate in the training for operational free-fall parachutist as part of the Advanced Commando Training.
HAHO/HALO Certificate, jumps using oxygen from high altitudes HAHO/HALO means High Altitude High Opening/High Altitude Low Opening. To obtain this certificate, jumps are made using oxygen cylinders from very high altitudes (maximum 10 kilometres).
Obtaining certificate D is reserved for the members of the parachuting instruction group and the members of some teams specialised in deployment by means of parachute. The number of jumps is dependent on personal progress.
People who have successfully completed the training for military parachuting instructor (dispatcher) are authorised to wear the parachuting instructors’ emblem