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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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6 comments on article "Why we do this, and what is "Special Forces"?"

Joey

8/17/2017 1:51 PM

Well said...


Mark Reynolds

8/17/2017 3:56 PM

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


Dennis

8/17/2017 7:59 PM

First comment = case of beer Joey


annhamlet

8/21/2017 5:17 PM

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


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.


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:

No Idea. It's hard to follow up on these guys as the workload is very heavy. We expose them and move on.

william frank grist:

Great site I am glad to see it in operation. William Frank Grist SF

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

He's also a registered sex offender....and a scum bag.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

I think this is well known by this point - but for added extra bonus actually is a REAL registered sex offender. This guy is a danger to the community in a multitude of ways & he shows no shame or remorse & he's also a real d-bag. He needs to get locked up.

Brian M Whitney:

Is he still getting 100% disability or was he ever? Whats the deal with this story?

Don Canaday:

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.

DZKLAY62:

Wow! I am stupefied that a sex offender would expose himself to so much attention and expect the truth to not come out...

DZKLAY62:

I refuse to believe any SF or Operator would wear that bow tie, just saying.

DZKLAY62:

Usually when I see a guy with this much shite on a vest, jacket and hats he does not pass the smell test. If you screaming that loud "look at me I am a hero" you probably aren't.

DZKLAY62:

I guess he spent 1 year and 5 months as a pivot man and is trying to reclaim his dignity. Sorry never going to happen now.

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