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October 28, 2012

America’s Foreign Legion

It’s not often I come across something so profound that it makes me take a step back and just say: “Whoa! That was deep…” To me it came in the form of a Facebook post by Dalton Fury, author of Kill bin Laden, Black Site, and the newly released Tier One Wild (just made NYT Best Seller!).

Mr. Fury posted what he dubbed the “The DF Dozen – Leadership Secrets for Everyone“; a brief write-up of 12 leadership secrets he developed and utilized while serving in the Rangers and in Delta. Now this little write-up isn’t going to be a break down of Dalton Fury’s philosophies, if you want to read them I recommend liking him on Facebook or checking them out here. What I want to talk about is a specific reference in his post about the aftermath of the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.

“…on a hot autumn day on a remote parade field at Ft. Benning, GA, Garrison told the 700 members of the 3rd Ranger Battalion that we were as close to America’s Foreign Legion as you could get. He went on to say that our job was to fight the dirty little wars that nobody else wanted, was capable of, or could stomach. He finished by telling us that if we couldn’t handle the potential consequences of the business, or if our families couldn’t, then we needed to find alternative employment. Nobody expected Garrison to shoulder the blame, but he did it anyway, and still to this day he is considered to be one of the finest leaders ever to command Delta Force.”

I have never heard of the 75th referred to as America’s Foreign Legion, but it is probably the absolute best description of what the 75th is (hence why my mind was blown). Now please don’t start comparing the French Foreign Legion and their training and capabilities with the Rangers because the two units are also very different. But the culture, traditions, and espirit de corps is very similar! The French Foreign Legion gets all the dirty little wars that the French government won’t commit its traditional forces for. It’s one thing to have a foreign Legionnaire get killed in some African brush war and it’s another thing entirely to have a French soldier get killed in that same conflict. Sad I know, but it’s also the cold hard truth. Obviously the Rangers of the 75th are not a bunch of foreign berserkers, we are Americans. But our status in SOCOM gives the government more leeway to send us to go and skull-stomp random belligerents around the world without too much raised eyebrows back in the States.

Rangers in formation

As America’s Foreign Legion, we have been called to help recover hostages in Iran with Delta, jump into Panama, jump into Grenada, hunt warlords in Mogadishu, invade Afghanistan, and undertake the tough and dangerous hunter/killer raids in Iraq. Over the years the 75th has been given warning orders to go and stir things up in many other unfriendly nations that for some political reason or another were cancelled. I’m referring to the planned combat jump into Haiti in 1994, the attack against Vietnamese POW camps in the mid 80s (I will write about this later on), and many other places that remain classified to this day.

Yes we are a special operations unit, but we are also an elite light infantry unit and the next time somebody asks me what the 75th is all about. I’ll simply tell them we are America’s Foreign Legion.

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  • JohnPacheco

    vietnamese pow camps in the 80's??we gotta here about that 1!

  • Canopylight

    tristanbolger Canopylight Tristan you have no fucking clue what you're talking about. They stop picking up criminals a long time ago. They also don't have the budget to be well-trained. It's a damn fact. You didn't even bother to put who America sent in your fictitious international military competition that Americans set up. We try to keep the info here legitimate and serious. This is not some Airsoft forum. Go away.

  • Canopylight

    tristanbolger Canopylight Tristan you have no fucking clue what you're talking about. They stop picking up criminals a long time ago. They also don't have the budget to be well-trained. It's a damn fact. You didn't even bother to put who America sent in your fictitious international military competition that Americans set up. We try to keep the info here legitimate and serious. This is not some Airsoft forum. Go away.

  • tristanbolger

    Canopylight 'Not well trained' you obviously know nothing about the ffl people do not join to get French citizenship you moron,most people join because they are wanted criminals or just want a new life (criminal + hardcore military training = bad ass soldiers) and they are trained up better than regular army there training is harder than American paras lots of delta force and American para's rangers joind the legion to then state its much more hardcore than any of the 75th or delta ...you americans set up a competiotion between yourselves the French forign legion sas spetnaz and rangers expecting to crush the ffl but  ...look it up and take a guess who won the whole thing yeh the FFL 2nd para regiment did so fuk your not well trained we out did the sas FFL 1st sas 2nd spetnaz 3rd America failed miserably and came last as usual all mouth no action the ffl are oftern sent in to back up the sas do you really think they would send in some not very well trained soldiers...look up the ffl, do some resurch you moron our training is hardcore ..more hard core than your namby pamby trigger happy oh shit i shot my best pal in the head accidently pussy americans ...Can you tell you have made me mad!!

  • Taskforcegreen

    @TacticalTshirts  @OldRGR  @JackMurphyRGR You writing a book? email me the details!!