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.

Wong originally broke the story that Sonntag was being investigated after several current and former Green Beret instructors voiced their concerns over Sonntag’s policies.

Sonntag completed a two-year tour at SWC and asked for a one-year extension. That was denied and he was given no further general officer assignment, which ostensibly means that the general is being forced to retire.

When Sonntag took over the SWC in 2017, he faced many problems, not the least of which was the school not graduating enough Green Berets to fully field the force. The toll of unending wars and an unsustainable optempo has left Special Forces without enough soldiers across the board.

Sonntag immediately began to formulate plans to streamline and shorten the Green Beret training pipeline. He finished those plans in the fall of 2018. Copies of the slides he used were leaked to NEWSREP. We contacted the school and, although we didn’t speak with the general himself, the PAO officer answered our questions.