This is the second part to the original article “How to succeed while deployed with Green Berets when you aren’t one.”

 

Respect yourself

If you ask every conventional guy who got the VSO (Village Stabilization Operations) mission how it went, you will get just as many different answers. I have heard many stories from teams, squads, and platoons who were with other ODAs (Operational Detachment Alpha) in different areas, who had horrible experiences. They didn’t get along with the team, they were treated like idiots, and were basically made to do with “Charlie Work” on the VSP (Village Stability Platform).