Everyone shaves the barret, never heard of burning it. What happens if it burns too fast and you can't put out the fire. When you get out you should wash the uniform a few times in hot water and really strong detergent to make it look worn. On a complete lark, as I just have been "shaving my kumtah", I typed in a google search for "shave kumtah" and came across this posting. All I can say is The fact is that I did not understand what they were telling me when they were pointing at my shoulder and saying, as they do so well, "why, why, why, why I missed that.
Berets are a type of hat typically made of felt that have a flat appearance on top. Berets were popularized in France and Spain in the 19th century and are still widely associated with those cultures. They are also worn by various military and law enforcement personnel as part of their uniform in a folded style significantly different from their civilian counterparts. Although some organizations have begun issuing pre-shaped berets, many uniform berets still require special shaping by the wearer to produce a sharp look.