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As a Confucian society, one of the problems that many in the South Korean military faced was, and continues to persist, that they are not free thinkers. Their Special Forces are task organized like 12-man American Special Forces teams but their mission is more direct action than unconventional warfare. This makes South Korean Special Forces less like American Green Berets and more like Rangers or Marines. Their sergeants are not allowed to make decisions, unlike enlisted American sergeants. The Det K members were rotating into Korea off of combat tours in Vietnam but also had other Special Forces experience from all around the world. Injecting new thoughts and ideas into the South Korean Special Forces helped them hone their skills and bring some realism to their war plans.

If the balloon does go up, their missions into North Korea are pure suicide. “They are some of the hardest bastards I’ve ever seen in my life,” Sergeant Major Jack Hagan said of South Korean Special Forces. “I wouldn’t want to fight them.” They knew perfectly well that the threat emanating from North Korea was not to be taken lightly.

At the tail end of the 1960’s and into the early 70’s, the Det was able to begin conducting static line jumpmaster training for the Korean Special Forces as well as a some free fall courses. Korean SF was still relatively small consisting of only one Brigade at this time which allowed for a close relationship between the Det and their host-nation partners. This was also a period of turbulence as the Det was tasked out for many different types of liaison duties, was moved across three different bases in one year, and survived an attempt by KMAG to deactivate the Det. Eventually they were moved into the South Post Bunker in Yongsan and helped oversee South Korea greatly expand its SOF units in size and capabilities as Korean Special Warfare Command had been authorized in 1969.