Special Forces Regimental Badges
A description and explanation of the facets within the Regimental Badges are as follow:-
THE COMPASS ROSE
The Compass Rose is the symbol of the South African Special Forces.
It denotes both the ability and willingness of the South African Special Forces
to Deploy and Operate in any location, by any method, in any situation,
under any circumstances, in any terrain, anywhere, at any time.
THE COLOURS – PRE-RATIONALISATION
The Colours of the Regimental Badges were – during the Pre Rationalisation period –
Black and White.
Formally, this denoted the ability and willingness of the South African Special Forces
to Deploy and Operate during day (white) or night (black).
Informally, amongst the personnel of Special Forces, these colours symbolised
the non-racial policy of Special Forces, whereby all personnel – black or white –
worked and stood united according to principles of equality.
The interior of the Compass Rose insignia was coloured Silver.
THE COLOURS – POST-RATIONALISATION
The colours of the Regimental Badges in the Post Rationalisation period
are Black, Gold and Maroon.
The Black and Gold colours signify again the ability and willingness of the
South African Special Forces
to Deploy and Operate during day (gold) or night (black).
The background colouring of maroon denotes the airborne capability –
maroon being the colour for airborne units in the South African context.
The Special Forces Regimental Badges are worn on the shoulders of the uniform
when wearing Dress Uniform.
They are worn by all Operators and Support Personnel in a Special Forces Regiment
SPECIAL FORCES HEADQUARTERS
Special Forces Headquarters
The Unit Emblem is a Compass Rose superimposed over crossed bayonets.
The Compass Rose denotes Special Forces, and the crossed bayonets denote a Command within an Army context.
1 RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT / 1 SPECIAL FORCES REGIMENT
“THROUGH STEALTH OUR STRENGTH”
1 Reconnaissance Regiment / 1 Special Forces Regiment
The Unit Emblem was three Commando Knives, above the Compass Rose.
Special Forces School was also located at 1 Reconnaissance Regiment / 1 Special Forces Regiment.
1 Special Forces Regiment was retired in 1997 As part of the process of rationalisation and downsizing.
Its personnel were incorporated into 4 and 5 Special Forces Regiments.
Special Forces School was thereafter moved to 5 Special Forces Regiment, but has recently
been established as an independent Special Forces unit.
4 RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT / 4 SPECIAL FORCES REGIMENT
“IRON FIST FROM THE SEA”
4 Reconnaissance Regiment / 4 Special Forces Regiment
The Unit Emblem is a Viking Helmet, above the Compass Rose.
As this Regiment specialises in a Seaborne capability,
the Viking helmet alludes to the units proficiency in this element.
5 RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT / 5 SPECIAL FORCES REGIMENT
“WE FEAR NAUGHT BUT GOD”
5 Reconnaissance Regiment / 5 Special Forces Regiment
The Unit Emblem is a Parachute within the wings of an Osprey, above the Compass Rose.
The parachute alludes to the regiment’s airborne capability.
The Osprey Wings allude to the fact that former members of the Selous Scouts
were previously incorporated into the Regiment .
SPECIAL FORCES SUPPLY DEPOT / SPECIAL FORCES SUPPLY UNIT
Special Forces Supply Depot / Special Forces Supply Unit
The Unit Emblem is a linked chain and cog, above the Compass Rose.
This symbol alludes to the provision of technical and logistical support services,
provided by this unit to the Regiments.
2 RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT
“WE DARE – ONS WAAG”
RETIRED IN 1992 DUE TO THE DISCONTINUATION OF CITIZEN FORCE (TERRITORIAL ARMY) UNITS
2 Reconnaissance Regiment
The Unit Emblem was a Scorpion, within the wings of a Bat, above the Compass Rose.
2 Special Forces Regiment was retired in 1992, as the concept of Citizen Force (Territorial Army) units was discontinued
Retired Special Forces Personnel who continue to play a part in Special Forces on a Citizen Force basis
now form part of the Special Forces Reserve – which is administered by Special Forces headquarters.
SPECIAL FORCES SCHOOL
ESTABLISHED IN 2002
Special Forces Regiment
The Unit Emblem is a Commando Knife, above the Compass Rose.