A red beret with the insignia and motto of First Recon sewn on it. The insignia is a bear skull on a background of crossed rifles. The motto beneath it reads: "The last thing you never see." The beret doesn't provide any Damage Threshold but gives a +1 bonus to Perception and +5 Critical Chance (equivalent of +5 Luck in combat) when worn.
Beret - A more common variant worn mostly by NCR officers.
Provided as a quest reward by Craig Boone in Novac for successfully completing the quest One for My Baby.
While Boone is an active companion, it is in his inventory. Taking it from him will cause him to ask for it back, however, there are no repercussions if it is not returned.
Aside from Boone, his daytime partner Manny Vargas and all members of First Recon (except for Corporal Sterling) have one in their inventory. Killing one of these characters will yield it directly, or reverse pickpocketing a piece of headgear with a DT of 1 or greater will make the beret available for pickpocketing once the character has a chance to swap equipment.
The beret is immune to damage, however, it can be destroyed by inadvertently using it with Jury Rigging to repair numerous other helmets or accidentally using it to repair a regular beret.
The boosted Critical Chance and enhanced Perception provided by the beret can provide a huge boost to weapons that rely on critical hits, like sniper rifles and energy weapons in particular.