The Special Warfare Center, specifically the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWC) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, which trains Green Berets, PSYOP, and Civil Affairs soldiers, has been in a state of flux for the past two years. And the news that broke late last week won’t alleviate that instability at all in the coming months.
Breitbart News’ Kristina Wong broke the story that the JFKSWC’s commander, Major General Kurt Sonntag, is being forced to retire following reports of his conduct being investigated by the Pentagon. He’s alleged to have ruined the careers of several Special Forces officers and NCOs for speaking out against the softening and lowering of standards. Wong wrote last week:
They alleged Sonntag wrongfully retaliated against instructors who expressed concern over his lowering of standards for the Special Forces Qualification Course, punished instructors seen as too tough on students, and is a toxic leader who created a climate of fear at SWCS.
Where the story goes from here is unclear, but there will be no easy answers or solutions for the school, the training cadre, or the incoming commander.