It wasn't until I left the Ranger Regiment to attend Special Forces training that I began to realize how highly respected the Regiment is, not just in the Special Operations community, but throughout the entire Army. I spent some time thinking about why Rangers are held in such high esteem by their fellow soldiers. The Ranger Regiment never had a very good Public Relations … [Read more...] about The Ranger Standard
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I'm proud to present to SOFREP readers this special interview with Scott Zastrow about his experiences with ODA 555 during the initial invasion of Afghanistan. Scott was an 18D (Special Forces Medic) on his Special Forces team, and was among the first boots on the ground in country on October 19, 2001. This will be the first of a two-part interview, and maybe I can twist … [Read more...] about Invading Afghanistan with ODA 555: Part I
Special Forces operate by building rapport with indigenous forces, creating long term relationships before conflicts even begin to take shape. High-tech gizmos provide the flash for movies and video games but in reality it is the human element that determines so much of what actually happens where the rubber meets the asphalt. To get a better idea of what the Special Forces … [Read more...] about Special Forces, Winning the Hearts and Minds
Bin Laden gets face-shot When the Osama Bin Laden raid went down, there was a flurry of news reporting, many initial reports stumbling over themselves as both the media and the White House struggled to get their stories straight. Who executed the raid? How was Bin Laden killed? Who is Seal Team Six? Our readers already knew the answer to that last one, but you get the … [Read more...] about What Brought Down 160th SOAR’s Stealth Black Hawk?
*Cricket-Cricket* Yeah, a lot of that going around apparently. According to Ft. Benning's newspaper, The Bayonet, Ranger School is struggling to fill its openings for Army Sergeants. This is surprising, as Ranger School was essentially established to train Army NCOs in infantry tactics and leadership before sending them back to mother Army. In this way, their new skill … [Read more...] about So, who wants to go to Ranger School?
Guns.com recently conducted an interview with former Delta Force commander Dalton Fury, who is also the author of the book Kill Bin Laden. Dalton Fury (a pseudonym) also has a novel recently out called Black Site, which I've already pre-ordered and am very much looking forward to reading. In the meantime, enjoy this interview from Guns.com. Dalton does a great job at … [Read more...] about Interview with former Delta Commander, Dalton Fury
As a professional shooter, it is important never to overestimate your skills, and even more unforgivable to misrepresent your skill level to commanding officers who will probably take those perceptions into account during mission planning. This is especially true of snipers preparing to conduct specialized tasks, like providing target interdiction from a helicopter based … [Read more...] about Aerial Platform Support in the Global War on Terror
SERE School sucks, no getting around it, no beating around the bush here. It isn't fun and isn't meant to be. That said, SERE is critically important training for any soldier who could find himself (or herself) trapped behind enemy lines, such as pilots and Special Operations personnel. SERE stands for Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion. During the three week block … [Read more...] about SERE School: Myths vs. Reality
On the night of February 2nd, 2012, a bomb was dropped on a terrorist cell's meeting in progress taking place in The Philippines southern Sulu Province. The resulting explosion killed three terrorist leaders as well as twelve other members of the infamous Al-Qeada associated Jemaah Islamiyah, or JI for short. In addition to killing the terrorist leader Malaysian Zulkifli bin … [Read more...] about JSOC Covert Ops in the Philippines?
I know what you are thinking. When I was first told that I’d be taking a ride with the Iraqi Air Force I thought I’d need to go change my pants. I saw how our Iraqi military partners drove their humvees and could only imagine how they’d fly helicopters! When two Iraqi Air Force Huey helicopters arrived I was able to spend some time talking to the senior Iraqi pilot, who as … [Read more...] about Flying with the Iraqi Air Force (You’re Special Forces so suck it up!)
The Special Forces Qualification Course has changed quite a bit from when I graduated in 2007. In my opinion, these changes have been for the better. When I attended the course, the language training was split up into modules. This is how it would work: You would have a two week block of instruction in your language, then go to WLC/BNOC for a couple weeks, have another two … [Read more...] about Changes to the Special Forces Qualification Course
Jan. 11, 2012: On this date, Command Sergeant Major Rick Merritt, the 14th Regimental Sergeant Major of the 75th Ranger Regiment, relinquished responsibility to Command Sergeant Major Nick Bielich, the 15th Regimental Sergeant Major of the 75th Ranger Regiment, in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony held at Fort Benning, Ga. The ceremony was officiated by the Regimental … [Read more...] about Command Sergeant Major Bielich becomes the 15th Regimental Sergeant Major