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Unread postby ChrisWI » Sat Jun 19, 2004 6:25 pm

Does anybody have rank insignia for African Park Rangers, like the safari rangers, etc?
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Unread postby milhistry » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:05 am

SOUTH AFRICA:

Nature Conservation Agencies

From 1980s to 1990s most Government conservation agencies tended to wear green slip ons on the shoulder with the logo of the agency on them e.g. Cape Nature Conservation wore a gold Bontebok (type of antelope) face on a shield on green slip-ons and the National Parks Board of SA wore a gold Gemsbok (Oryx) face on green slip-ons etc.

The Natal Parks Board wore "NATAL PARKS BOARD" in gold on green shoulder tabs, with green berets. The beret had an oval shaped badge with the arms of the Province of Natal in the centre and the name of the agency in the oval.

Forestry

From 1950s to 1960s the Forest Department (in South Africa) wore green shoulder tabs with "BOSBOU - FORESTRY" in gold lettering on the shoulder. In the 1960s, six pointed stars with a tree on a circle were adopted for wear by various grades of officer e.g. Forester, Senior Forester, Chief Forester etc. while Pupil Foresters (officers in training) continued to wear the old green shoulder tabs. In the late 1960s the system was changed yet again.

In 1970:

Pupil Forester - plain green slip-on
Forester - Green slip on, one gold stripe
Senior Forester - Green slip-on, two gold stripes
Chief Foretser - Green slip-on, thee gold stripes
Control Forester - Green slip-on, four gold stripes

The stripes were about the same thickness as the "thin" stripe of a Naval Lt-Cdr's thin stripe.

Since the 1980s the rank system for foresters was discontinued. All grades of Forester [rangers with Diploma or Degree] as well as Forest Guards [rangers without tertiary qualifications mainly employed in field tasks e.g. patrolling] now wear a green slip on with golden trees insignia.
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