This was one of the most meaningful articles ever written pointing out the cultural differences between Army and Navy Special Ops. It’s no wonder that Iassen’s post is #2 on our list with close to 100,000 people reading this around the world.
The Difference Between Delta and ST6
With the death of Usama bin Laden last year at the hands of some secret squirrel frogmen in Pakistan, there came a nation wide interest as to who killed UBL. “Navy SEALs” was released to the public whether via the White House or the Department of Defense.
But it was those “subject matter experts” such as Sean Naylor, Jeremy Scahill, etc. who made sure to correct the media that it was actually the SEALs of JSOC, aka DEVGRU or simply SEAL Team 6. I even heard the mention of “Task Force Blue” on CNN. Amazing…
As the days after settled down, the internet/blogging community kept asking the same two questions. The first question from those not in “the know” was simply – “Who is SEAL Team 6??” The second question was by the ones who were in the know as well as the entire US Army Special Operations Command – “WTF the SEALs?? Not Delta?! That’s BS! blah blah.”
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Hey does anyone know the average age of a Delta/ST6 operator? Are many of them above 40? What do you think is the max age that someone can be in order to serve in those two units, and what is the minimum? Thanks.
Just a great read - keep this in the back of your mind as we get blasted with ads for Zero Dark Thirty for the next two weeks....
They are the Different Boys..
My favorite article this year. I specially enjoyed the comment of both Delta and ST6 being two different tribes. Now I understand why ST6 is enjoying the limelight now. For the past 30 years Delta force has been the preferred unit of the US armed forces because of their professionalism while ST6 had to prove themselves time and time again ( all thanks to D.marcinko)
Hope all of my SOFREP friends had a great Christmas/Holiday/day off. Best wishes!