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You could not be further from the truth. Legitimately, I can’t work out how much more wrong you could be. Berets usually have some historical significance and are mainly worn ceremonially or as working dress. They usually have a significant reason for wear, you will notice not all of the U.S. Army wears them now but those who do have a reason for it like the green berets. For the most part the British forces wear them as standard, barring certain units that have alternative headdress for cultural reasons I.e. The tam o’shanter or a busby (bear skin, big tall hat often seen on the guards at Buckingham palace).
The beret has nothing to do with not being able to issue helmets, in fact the Iraqi army has just about always issued a helmet just of differing quality from poorly made plastic things to their U.S. Provided Kevlar helmets now.
The reason the Royal Marines Commando in this picture is wearing his is likely to do with the fact it is a publicity shot and needs to show him as a Commando, denoted by his green beret. Marines Commandos also love their berets, they’re the only ones authorised to wear that colour in Britain and they have to go through a lot to get it, more than USMC marines do in fact. I’ve known many marines, I’m sure if they could have it surgically attached they would. They have also worn them in combat despite having issued helmets, mainly when in patrolling areas that aren’t expected to be overly hostile to show locals they aren’t there as a threat.
So, how about that idea that they’re too poor for helmets so they wear berets then?