Ruck Run 5 miles. Record your time. Work on this effort and work as hard as you can. If possible, try to maintain a 11:00 – 13:30-minute miles pace.
All Green Berets participate in a final unconventional warfare course called Robin Sage, the MARSOC equivalent is called Derna Bridge.
Rangers conduct a combat jump in Iraq near Haditha Dam which they later captured from Iraqi forces.
Afghanistan’s Special Forces have been taking on a lion’s share of the fighting against the Taliban and other insurgent forces in the country. Now the military is planning to double the size of the 17,000-man force to double the number. While Afghanistan’s military now numbers over 300,000 personnel, the small Special Operations part of the force is conducting over 70 percent of the offensive combat operations. It is an operational tempo that will be hard to maintain and leaders from both the Afghan and US government are worried that the strain will begin to affect operations. The buildup will help alleviate the over-tasking of its troops which will increase to Corps level size once the troops are added, trained and equipped. "There has been an increase in our operations, but we will keep up our efforts," said Fawad Kamal, a special forces commander. "There hasn't been any interruption." When they reach the battlefield, newly trained troops will likely be conducting offensive operations, from tracking militant cells to clearing towns seized by insurgents. "There is a huge need for the number of commandos and special forces to increase in the country," said Mohammed Arif, a new commando recruit. "As long as MORE »