What Is a Green-Beret and How Do You Become One? by Sharon Wray, Author of In Search of Truth
Hi Romance Besties,
The awesome Sharon Wray has stopped over on Night Owl Romance to share something very interesting. How many of you have wondered about Green-Berets and what's involved in becoming one? Well I have and Sharon has provide so much great information. I'll never be a Green-Beret, but maybe you will be one someday or will know someone.
The information below will can help you become more knowledgeable on what it takes and how much work it is. As Sharon says, "This is not a job for the faint-hearted." Plus don't miss out on the paperback book giveaway. Open to the USA.
Thank you for inviting me on your blog today! My newest release, IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, is the third in my Deadly Force romantic suspense series about an acclaimed anthropologist and the sexy ex-Green Beret she has secretly loved for years.
Zack and his men are all ex-Green Berets who live in a run-down, pirate-themed gym while they try to figure out who set up their unit and why. But what, exactly, is a Green Beret in real life?
A Green Beret isn’t just a soldier who wears a green beret on his head. Green Berets are elite members of the U. S. Army’s Special Forces Command and who specialize in nine specific types of warfare.
These types of warfare include: Direct Action, Unconventional Warfare, Special Reconnaissance, Foreign Internal Defense, Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Terrorism, Information Operations, Counterproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Security Force Assistance.
All of their operations are classified and you rarely hear about them in the nightly news. But their primary mission is to train and lead unconventional warfare forces in foreign countries dealing with unwanted occupations.
This is not a job for the faint-hearted. These soldiers often spend months away from home and, because of the classified nature of their work, have little contact with their families. They also live in rough conditions in the most dangerous areas of the world.
So how would one become a Green Beret? Below is a very basic outline of what is required of these highly-trained soldiers. For more information, please see the U.S. Army’s career page at https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/special-operations.html
To become a Green Beret, first you must meet the following basic requirements:
Must be between the ages of 20-36
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must be a High School Graduate
Score 110 or higher (General Technical score or Combat Operation Score) on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
Must be Airborne qualified or volunteer for Airborne training
Must pass the Physical Fitness Assessment (a minimum of 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, six pull-ups, and run two miles under 15:12 minutes)
Must meet specific medical fitness standards
Must complete the Pre-Basic Task List
Must be eligible for a secret security clearance
Must be able to swim 50 meters wearing boots and a full Army Combat Uniform
Must have 20/20 or corrected to 20/20 in both near and distant vision in both eyes
One year of college is suggested, but not required
Once you meet these VERY BASIC requirements, you can move on to the next step.
And, because this process only gets harder and harder, this next step is divided into four sections:
The first section is the SFPC course. (Special Forces Preparation and Conditioning)
This course lasts for 19 days and includes physical conditioning, land navigation, orienteering, and other task trainings.
The second section is the SFAS course. (Special Forces Assessment and Selection)
The SFAS course lasts for 24 days and is split into two parts.
Part 1: Physical phase which includes running, sit-ups, swimming, pull-ups, push-ups, running an obstacle course, orienteering, and rucksack marches.
Part 2: Leadership and Teamwork exercises
Once you complete the SFAS course, and you are selected to go ahead, you can move on to the third section. This is the Special Forces Qualification course. Also known as the “Q” course.
The “Q” course can last from 6 months to a year, depending on your previous experience and qualifications. (Medical and communications courses can last even longer)
Phase 1 (17 weeks): Orientation and History courses
Phase 2 (18-25 weeks): Language and Culture courses
Phase 3 (13 weeks): Small Unit Tactics and SERE courses (SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape)
Phase 4 (14-50 weeks): Military Occupational Specialty courses
Phase 5 (4 weeks): Robin Sage (a final litmus test in unconventional warfare training)
Phase 6 (1 week): Graduation where students accept their Green Berets
The fourth section is further training for advanced skills such as advanced medical, diving, sniper, language, and free-fall parachuting courses. These soldiers will then continue to train throughout their career.
Once these soldiers graduate, they will then be assigned to a 12-man operational detachment known as an “A-team”. After that, everything they do is classified.
Again, this is a basic outline of what it takes to become an elite soldier. For more information, please check out the U.S. Army’s career link above.
I hope you all enjoy IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, and thanks for letting me spend the day with you!
In Search of Truth - Deadly Force
"Twisty plots, fantastic characters, and pitch perfect pacing. Fabulous!" ALLISON BRENNAN, New York Times Bestselling Author
Some treasure is hidden in plain sight...
Ex-Green Beret Zack Tremaine is a man haunted by regrets. Years ago, he betrayed his men and lost the only woman he ever loved. Now that he's been given a chance to save both, his only hope is his lost love, Allison Pinckney, who knows more than anyone else about a lost treasure that's the key to Zack's mission.
Allison is fascinated by the past. Somewhere in her research is the key to a missing fortune, and Allison finds herself on a perilous mission with the one man she's been avoiding. She knows that if she gives in to her long-buried feelings for Zack, it will put them both in danger.
But as the search heats up Zack and Allison are constantly thrown together, and they discover how much more powerful they are together than apart.
This giveaway is now over. The lucky print book winner is: ELF, The Reading Addict
About the Author:
Sharon Wray is a librarian/archivist who studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes stories of adventure, suspense, and love. She’s a three-time Daphne du Maurier® winner and an eight-time RWA Golden Heart® Finalist. Visit her online at sharonwray.com. Sharon lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, teenage twins, and Donut the Family Dog.