The U.S. Army Band, commanded by Colonel Andrew J. Esch, recently released a new version of the famous Ballad of the Green Berets. And in the process, they made it all-inclusive to just about everyone and slapped Green Berets in the face.

Green Berets both love and hate the song. It is played at every graduation, promotion ceremony, and change of command.

The song is also played almost daily at 18:00 at Charlie Mikes Pub in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the home of Special Operations and Airborne, as they pay tribute to a fallen brother. On the anniversary of a fallen comrade, the Gold Star family, teammates, loved ones, and friends gather to toast the fallen. They play the Star-Spangled Banner and the Ballad of the Green Berets.

Charlie Mikes Pub conducted a memorial for fallen Brothers, MSG Deleon-Digueroa and MSG Gonzales. (Photo Credit: Charlie Mikes Instagram)

A Slap in the Face of Every Green Beret

Many will love the new version. But it’s a slap in the face to every man or woman that has earned the honor to wear the Green Beret.

Several social groups have shared the song’s new version. And Green Berets all shout the same thing in response to the changes: “DISRESPECTFUL.”

The band’s singer, Master Sergeant Labrecque, sang the song quite beautifully. Yet, the song’s new lyrics caused it to crash and burn.

The first three verses are identical between the two versions. But at that point, the new version adds many other elements. You can read the lyrics of both versions here.

The Ballad’s Creation

Barry Sadler, a Green Beret, wrote the time-honored song specifically for Green Berets.