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Why we do this, and what is "Special Forces"?

Written by an SF Brother

Someone asked why are Special Forces guys so sensitive about the term Special Forces and people falsely claiming to be one. So here is our response:

As of 2017 the estimated population of the United States is 309,350,000. Of that number 1,281,900 people are on active duty with an additional 850,000 in reserves. The percentage of active forces is .04% when you add the reserves that moves the number to .06% of the United States population that serve in the defense of this country.

The rough number of active Special Forces qualified soldiers is 14,000. This number includes active duty and National Guard groups. The percentage of Special Forces members in the United States military is .01%. The percentage of Special Forces among the United States population is .004%.

The rough estimate of casualties since 2001 comes to 6689 personal with an estimated 199 being Special Forces. In short .01% make up 2.97% of our fallen warriors.

Maybe this is the reason when a Special Forces "Green Beret" sees or hears someone use the term Special Forces when referring to a SEAL, PJ, or Ranger his blood begins to boil. If you don't understand, ask a Marine how he feels when someone refers to the Corps as soldiers. There is only one unit in the US military called Special Forces we are part of Special Operations Command.

When someone poses and claims to be SF (Green Beret) many of us are offended. We do not feel that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. They are not part of this very small group and never will be. They were not tested, they were not selected, they did not qualify, they did not deploy and they did not lose brothers so close that they knew them better than their own family.

Guess we have the right to be sensitive.

Special Forces soldiers exist ONLY in the US Army. They are commonly referred to as "Green Berets". SEALS, Rangers, USAF STS, MARSOC, JSOC, SFOD-D, SOAR, CA and PSYOPS are NOT Special Forces. They are collectively what makes up the military's Special Operations Forces or SOF which also includes Army Special Forces. The term "Special Forces" uniquely applies to US ARMY SPECIAL FORCES (Green Berets)

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Joey

8/17/2017 1:51 PM

Well said...


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Mark Reynolds

8/17/2017 3:56 PM

Perhaps media reporters need this information the most since they are the main purveyors of error.


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Dennis

8/17/2017 7:59 PM

First comment = case of beer Joey


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annhamlet

8/21/2017 5:17 PM

To: An SF Brother...We Love Our Green Berets!❤


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CrossfitBilly

3/12/2020 12:21 PM

I just wanted to say thank you for having the resources to check out these tools and the restraint to not lose it when you confront these folks. If you ever need help, let me know. I am a retired 1st Group guy with some time on my hands.


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Don Canaday

4/21/2020 3:00 AM

Every time some faker claiming to be SF gets in trouble or acts up, it can reflect badly on us in the media. Another reason to point them out when they present themselves.

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SuperUser Account:

He probably never will. The 7th Grp picture he pretends is his is an ODA from the mid-'80s. We've identified all men in the picture. It also looks like he added a Ranger Tab to his website. He's never before claimed Ranger so this is strange.

He and Mike Mika (President of SFA Ch 34) threatened to sue the SFA National if they didn't rescind the letter they sent us, give Rudi a formal apology, and re-instate him as a member in good standing. Of course SFA National refused and nothing came of his idle threat.

Mike Mika has twice, along with Rudi Gresham the fake Green Beret claimed that Rudi spent 12 years in the S.C. National Guard and that's where he attained the rank of LTC. Neither time were they able to produce records that baked up that statement.

SGT P - Rakkasan:

I just looked at his personal website, and it still has a picture autographed by General Yarborough, and a statement that says he served as Yarborough’s Aide. When will this clown give it up? I took screen shots.

Rick Upton:

Why is he working for the VA?

RobertEddy:

First of all, thank you folks for what you do, what you’ve done, and what you’re willing to do.

Secondly, it is my hope that Mr Prouix owns up to his lies. I have been watching this story and it disgusts me that there are people who would assume to receive the accolades deserved, but never sought, by better, braver, stronger men.

Mr Prouix needs to be exposed. Well done.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

This is almost unbelievable. This guy wanted to be a Green Beret so bad he faked it to the grave. It must have been awesome to him to take on a persona. Feeling like a hero, getting recognition, and being treated like a hero in addition to fellowship with real warriors was too much to pass up. It must have felt good. I'm sure he could have joined the military. He just didn't think it was worth it. He could have everything without dropping a single iota of blood, sweat, or tears. I feel sorry for his family. This guy is to me obviously mentally ill. I guess he never thought he would hurt and shame his family to the extent he ended up doing so. To any potential fakers. Let this guy be a lesson to you. If you want what we have, just join the military. Don't do this to your family and friends.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

I just want to thank Guardians of the Green Beret. I had no idea this problem was so widespread. These phonies do a great disservice to all us real Green Berets. Yes, I am a Green Beret. They give a false representation of who we are, what we are, and what we represent. These phonies are almost always criminal otherwise in my opinion. Good job Guardians of the Green Beret. People probably don't realize what it would be like for me to ever actually meet a phony Green Beret. Offensive is not the word. I don't think there is a word for all the things that would go through my mind.

guywholikesgbsalot:

is that white shirt even a thing? i never knew that

Johnny O:

Ol' "Sarge" here talking all kinds of crap and stuff after he was exposed...LOL

Johnny O:

It's really pathetic that people try to get away with this type of stuff. I spent 23 years in the Army and retired in 2006 and although would have loved to to be a part of a Special Forces or Ranger unit and go through all of the training, never did it. And it just amazes me the lengths that people will go through to embellish military service.

Jacob Martin:

Question: There's a photo of him with two "fatboys" wearing berets, are either of them actually SF? The one in the middle sure doesn't wear his beret correctly (might be an officer)! lol

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