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Special operations in the US Military are usually low profile or covert operations carried out by highly-trained military personnel, who can easily adapt to difficult situations, operate in different environments, and use unconventional combat skills in achieving a mission.
Recon Marines are JTF (Joint Task Force) with SOCOM though they report directly to MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command). Because of all of the Intel flowing in to these organizations, they must be separate. These organizations make COMS (communications) with each other at all times in order to…
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SOCOM is the US military acronym for Special Operations Command; the command that coordinates special operations within the US.
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The Norwegian HJK/FSK and MJK has been co-operating with British and American Special Forces. They supposedly had training with the S.A.S and there were American SF soldiers (not necessarily SEALS) at the training operation 'cold response'. It's been said that the Norwegian Special Forces are at the…
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SEALs, Army Special Forces, Marine Reconnaissance, Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Controllers (PJ/CCT) all are the same but in different uniforms. Seems that youre looking for a black white answer but its really not important. All have same training. Air Force does get the highest academic types from…
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Absolutely, and spies are a huge problem which is why, in time of war, you're allowed to shoot them. There are three kinds of people doing intelligence work: officers, agents and spies. An intelligence officer is someone on our side performing intelligence work against the enemy. The people in our …
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US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is a Unified Combatant Command (all major combat branches have forces within this command). They are in charge of overseeing all of the Special Operations Commands of each of the branches (ie. MARSOC, AFSOC, etc.). It was created after Operation Eagle Claw faile…
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There are 8 active SEAL Teams - 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,10; 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) team - 1; and 2 reserve SEAL Teams - 17 & 18. In total, there are 11 teams, excluding DevGru. SEAL Teams 17 and 18 used to be called Operational Support Teams 1 and 2, but changed into SEAL teams in 2008 to help rel…
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Neither. Both units have their strengths and weaknesses. Recon Marines do just what their name suggests, reconnaissance. Their main job is to help gather actionable intelligence for military commanders, often behind enemy lines. They are not generally a direct action unit. They can perform direct ac…
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Nighttime recon operations allow the unit performing the operation to blend in better, allowing them to hide from any enemy personnel in the area. Most of enemy personnel will be fatigued and unable to respond as quickly to any movement if the recon team is discovered, which allows the team to eithe…
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The Ops in Black Ops stands for operation. A unit would be put together for a black mission and would likely remain a unit only as long as a mission lasted.The whole purpose of the unit is to not be known. Personnel would be drawn to form a unit for a mission and before that it would consist only of…
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To answer a number of questions at once, too become a Navy SEAL you must be in the US Navy. No one but Navy sailors can be or train to be a SEAL. No women either. The above is true for all 3 branches. To become an Army Ranger, you most be in the Army. Marine Recon - Only Marines can be Marine Recon.…
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Yes. The Marines created MarSOC in 2006. The 1st and 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalions (MSOB) were created from the Force Recon companies. The 3rd MSOB was created in 2009. They conduct foreign internal defense (training foreign military units), recon, and direct action operations, similar to…
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Neither. Each unit has it's strengths and weaknesses. SEAL teams will most likely be called in if the target is on the ocean or some other water location or when stealth is a better choice instead of a direct raid. Rangers, as a rapid-deployment unit, specialize in airfield seizures and building rai…
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You have to be a male US citizen, be between the ranks of E-4 (Corporal/Specialist) and E-8 (Master Sergeant/First Sergeant). You also need to have at least two years left on your current enlistment, and a high enough ASVAB score in order to attend the pre-selection briefing. Afterwards, you'll be p…
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Despite what the previous answer said, this IS a matter of opinion. Every unit has its successes and failures. The above answer of Delta being the best is both right and wrong. Delta has numerous operations under its belt, most of which aren't even heard of outside of special operations circles. Mos…
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Preparation for 0321 Marine Force Recon You need to prepare yourself physically, and most importantly, mentally. It doesn't matter how physically fit you are, instructors can break you and continue to ride you if your spirit is broken. 1. Run a LOT! 2. Swim a LOT! 3. Get over any fear of heights …
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Based on the fact that the movie came out in January 2006 and MARSOC wasn't officially stood up late February 2006, it was most likely meant to be Force Recon Marines that are portrayed in the movie.
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First, you need to be at least a Corporal/E-4. Next, you have to pass a screening board, where they look over your career in the Marines to check for any problems, such as NJPs or other disciplinary actions, then they give you a physical to make sure you are in the proper physical condition and have…
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There are a few ways to get selected for Delta training. They send out Army-wide advertisements twice a year and you can respond to those. They can personally send someone to recruit you if you have a skill they need, such as a rare language. Most Delta recruits are Ranger and Special Forces veteran…
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Assuming you have the person's full name, your best option is the various Veterans and Military Associations around the country, most of which have web access. A good place to start is Military.com - myself, like many Vets, are registered there under the units we served with. Knowing where your frie…
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The exact number is classified, however, the current approximate count is about 2,400 Navy SEALs on active duty status and another 700 in the Navy Reserves.
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You can't. As a top secret operation, the specific details of the mission, especially the names of personnel will remain classified still. So, unless you have a militarily justifiable need to know, you cannot get that list. To protect field operatives in Special Operations, the names of personnel ar…
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Jobs in USSOCOM: Special Operations Assaulter(SEALs,Delta Force,Rangers,Green Berets etc) Special Operations Officer Coxswain/SWCC(Special Warfare Combat Crewmen,basically boat guys) Support Personnel Psychological unit Special Operations pilots(Air Force and, Army 160th SOAR)
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Yes, Delta is a real counter-terrorism unit within the US Army and JSOC. Most of the unit's details are classified, but twice a year, they perform Army-wide recruiting. They change official names every few years in order to keep foreign intelligence agencies guessing. Their last known names were Arm…
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The US Navy SEALs likely have the best "standard" sniper program with both the best equipment and a relatively long and very intense initial course. Also, NAVSPECWAR (SEALs) tends NOT to be tied to a doctrinal use of snipers allowing them significant flexibility in their training program. This also…
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Rapid Response Teams are defined per task; not as a permanent operations command within the USMC. The SpecOps group within the USMC are Force Reconnaissance Marines (FORECON).
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"Hard" is a relative term. It is a special forces organization and as such certain health and physical requirements must be met, along with performance requirements. That said, how difficult it is for someone is probably dependent upon their desire, focus, dedication and willingness to continue to …
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Mostly regular weapons that are modified. -M4A1 with SOPMOD Block 2&3 Kits -M107A1-M203 GL -Others-MK46 LMG-MK48 MMG-Some Units use Glocks-HK MK23-Sig Saure's-Some Units use SCARs-M110 SASS-MEU(SOC) Pistol-M9A1-LAW-Carl Gustaf (probably spelt wrong)
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currently up to age 42 after passing the physical
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Put men watching/covering all sectors of the area.
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DEVGRU(Naval Special Warfare Development Group) formerly known as SEAL Team 6 has a 9 month Special Operations Assaulter course. Im positive that Delta Force's selection time would be very similar to this,it used to be 6 months. But since the 2000's Special Operations units have been upping the ant…
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Marines Special Forces normally deploy on board naval vessels in a group of three ships called an Amphibious Readiness Group, or ARG. A normal deployment is six months. They will deploy on the ship, conduct any mission required, and then return back to the United States on the same ship. However, du…
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No. In the US, all combat arms are closed to females.
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depends the 101st and 82nd are not spec ops but almost aqll us spec ops are airborne quaLIFIED
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Groom Lake, more commonly referred to as Area 51.
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The infamous secretive Air Force Base in the Nevada desert, commonly known as Area-51 in the civilian world is actually called S-4.
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Gone alot, cant tell youre familiy where you are, adrenaline packed, dangerous, exciting, fun etc. You get the point.
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There are a few different types of flares.. "star clusters" are used for signaling, whereas what you're thinking of are parachute illumination flares. The 40mm flares which are used in the M79, M203, and M320 grenade launchers will be particularly difficult to obtain. 40mm grenade launchers are cla…
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Well, the two are somewhat different. A 'badge bunny' is a woman attracted to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc., whereas 'lot lizard' is a term used by truck drivers for the prostitutes which loiter around truck stop parking lots (they're referred to as 'lizards' for the way they scurr…
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When you go to basic, you'll need to bring socks, undergarments, personal hygiene items, and the paperwork you'll bring with you from MEPS. Over time, depending on what unit you're in, you'll find that certain items may help you in your task, or actually be better than what the military issues. For…
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As of January 2013, there are approximately 63,000 personnel with SOCOM, however, not all of these are operators. Some are support or command personnel. This number includes all 5 sub-commands: USASOC (Army) - 28,500 NAVSPECWARCOM (Navy) - 8,900 AFSOC (Air Force) - 18,000 MARSOC (Marines) - 2,60…
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According to a MILPER message posted on the HRC web site the official release date is 0730 hrs on 08 APR 10. It also states that the prepositioned list will be available for download by authorized users at 0730 hrs on 01 APR 10. I figue that after April 1st that list will be floating around for all …
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I would take your friend's claims with a grain of salt. There is no unit called "Black Ops". Black ops tends to refer to units or personnel tasked with covert, clandestine operations. Black ops does not cover all special operations missions - in fact, black ops are more commonly carried out by intel…
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Depending on what special force you want to join, the training will always be very different because they all specialize in different ways of fighting. Keep in mind that any special force will all push you to and beyond your physical limits, as well as your mental limits. I'll add info about Marin…
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You might be thinking of the School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), located at Fort Benning, Georgia.
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Socom and socom2 are M although socom3 is MA
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There is no age limit. As soon as you join, you can volunteer.
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No. Not even close, even though they do remain on active jump status.
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AFSOC's headquarters is located at Hurlbert Field, which is part of Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida.
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The Ka-Bar was never adopted by the Army... there is no actual "issue combat knife", although soldiers will purchase them on their own.. some purchase the Ka-Bar.. I preferred the SOG SEAL 2000, personally. The Ka-Bar can be thrown.. however, it's not ideally balanced as a throwing knife (as most c…
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Withou a doubt, the Russian Spetsnaz, US Navy seals, Green Berets, TF-144, Germany, the Polish GROM, British SAS and the Canadian JTF-2 (Joint Task Force 2). The Canadian Special ops have only lost one soldier in the history of the task force.
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A unit officer(from the Special Operations unit) will go to the Join Forces commander and explain his units capabilities and why they can be of importance to the commander, and to the operation.
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Not exactly. There are remote weapons stations - typically used for vehicle mounted weapons - but what they used in the movie was a Hollywood fabrication.
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The abilities of each as shooters depends on the individual... whichever one is a better shot is going to be the better shot, no matter what branch they're in. As for Special Forces and Marine Scout Snipers, they're trained in rather different roles. A Marine Scout Sniper would not be trained in ev…
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The Iran-Contra Affair
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Yes, sometimes with EXACT REPLICAS of the terrain they are about to attack.
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Of course. If the Marine Corps were to try training personnel who couldn't meet certain prerequisites, then there's be a lot of funding wasted on personnel who ultimately failed the course.
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US Air Force PJ's(Pararescue Jumpers) and CCT's(Combat Controller's) training pipelines take more than a year to complete. This training includes scuba diving, static line and free fall parachuting, land navigation, and SERE. PJ's also go on to learn various medical skills and become nationally cert…
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Obviously this question is completely personal opinion, and ill be as honest as i can.The Marines have great sniper. Whether there the best in the whole US Military, i couldnt tell you for certain. But i can say Scout Snipers are very good. Navy SEALs have also been highly recognized for there snipi…
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OIF was an actual invasion, whereas OEF-P is simply an assistance and advisory programme in a country which is already on friendly terms with the United States, and in which US forces aren't intended to actually participate in combat operations.
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Internationally Unites are ranked on a Special Operations Forces Tier System: Tier One: Team 6, Delta, SAS Tier Two: Seals, Berets Tier Three: Army Rangers Special Operations Tiers are based on budets and Rangers spend more money than the others because there are more of them. You cannot re…
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I would say Teamwork. Ill post the Ranger creed and let you decide:Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger …
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Because they dont have what it takes.
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The Black ops forces were established to perform special missions which ordinary soldiers couldn't do. Now with your questions asking if they are any good....well ... yes and no. As the most elite team in the army, they were exposed to prototype weaponary before it is mass produced especcially durin…
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To be in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta you must be asked by an officer in Delta. To be asked, you truly have to be the best of the best, from the best of the best (meaning that even among the elite Rangers or Green Berets you must stand out), and it would help if you knew someone w…
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US Rangers dont have a specific operation they do. But they could do anything from taking a airfield, assaulting a compound, be on stand-by to assist other Special Forces(because they are a larger force then most SF units).
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It is kind of like joining the CIA, you are recruited because you have the right credentials, skills, aptitudes and training. You don't enlist, it is like a very closed fraternal group and you are asked to join.
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It stinks some, but not as we know it.
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The 23rd STS is an AFSOC unit stationed at Hurlbert Field, Florida. It was created in the early 90s alongside the 21st and 22nd STS, after AFSOC was formed from the 23rd Air Force. They have been heavily involved in Iraq & Afghanistan, and also sent teams of PJs and CCTs to various natural disas…
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Talk to some navy seals and the best thing to do us to first work on you weaknesses like endurance, speed, agility etc. and then you might want to look up some workout plans that are more trustworthy than wiki. Sources: I am a freshman I want to be a navy seal and I found some great plans just sear…
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Most people are surprised to hear that the most trained/longest training for a Special Operations Force is 1 year(possibly 1 year, 3 months) from the USAF PJ's(Pararescue Jumpers). PJ's are some of the most highly trained combat medics in the US military and often work with other US and internationa…
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Yes, they do.
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Law enforcement SWAT. You're not likely to find much of anything in the military in the realm of Special Operations which doesn't have to at least be parachute qualified.
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The United Nations defines peacekeeping as "the deployment of international military and civilian personnel to a conflict area with the consent of the parties to the conflict in order to: stop or contain hostilities or supervise the carrying out of a peace agreement."While this definition serves as …
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Establishes the unified commands Assigns them geographic responsibility Assigns primary tasks to be carried out by the command Defines the command relationships within the theater and between the theater and other US commands Provides guidance on the exercise of combatant command authority
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Ranger School has three different sections, or phases. Students are given a clear objective, but have their choice in how to achieve this. The first phase, or Benning Phase, tests a student's mental and physical strength, leadership capabilities, and other skills required for the next phases. First …
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As far as I know, only two combat jumps have occurred since the GWOT began in 2001. The first was Operation Bright Star in 2001 in Afghanistan, in which 147 Rangers made a combat jump into Afghanistan. The other was Operation Option North in 2003 in Iraq, which involved 1,000 jumpers drawn from the …
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Apples and oranges. The US Army Rangers and Marine Corps Recon are two very distinct groups with very distinct missions. They cannot be equally compared.
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The 68W1 course is not as in depth as the 18D course. The SOCM course is first phase of the 18D training, which covers trauma medicine. After that, they go back to their units. 18Ds will continue on with their training, which includes long term, dental, vet, advanced surgery, etc. Almost all medics …
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Completely a question of opinion, no actual information can be given. It's all up to your opinion.
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That number is probably unknown. Because honestly no one cares.
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1.2 miles per the us marine handbook.
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force recon
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Well some seperate SF units have dogs. Like SEALs. SEAL Team 6 took a dog for exmaple on the UBL(USama Bin LAden) operation.
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Higher rank? If you are talking about the SOCOM Tier system, Army SF is a Tier-2 asset while 75th Rangers are Tier-3.
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All the info I could find states the following (however, they could have been awarded more unit commendations and I just wasn't looking in the right places). I hope this helps. CentCom recieved 7 Joint Meritorious Unit Awards between 1985 and 2000. The last one was actually awarded in March 2001, b…
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Oh, yes. I seriously doubt you'd find any military which fields paratroopers which hasn't had parachute-related incidents. Every parachute units deals with the same risks - towed jumpers, jumpers burning in, improperly packed parachutes, etc.
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It depends on what you want to do. CCTs act as pathfinders, in the sense that they create forward airfields and coordinate aircraft within a combat zone. In a bind, CCTs can call in close air support, but that's not their primary job. TACPs/JTACs call airstrikes for ground combat units. All CCTs are…
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The US Army Airborne School does not release death statistics. They do happen, however, they are far less than civilian skydiving deaths. This is because students who go through Airborne School receive extensive training on how to land and what to do in the case of an mid-jump emergency, such as a c…
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Counter-Intelligence operations and counter-intelligence agents primary roles are not to engage the enemy, but to gather intelligence about the enemy.
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