We have been getting a lot of mail and tweets here at SpecialOperations.com and as we pointed out in our earlier post a day ago, many have questions about the Selection courses and what can be expected when candidates begin their quest to become part of the Special Operations fraternity and become part of the Regiment.
And included in many of the queries we get are the legitimate questions as to what life is like in a Special Operations unit with most centering around the Direct Action (DA) side of the house. Don’t get me wrong here, Special Forces guys are very good at and all love to do DA operations but where they’re best at and where they stand above all others is in their ability to teach.
While DA missions are linear and much easier to judge the success or failure at, the true art of a Special Forces A-team lies in their ability to teach an allied soldier or guerrilla fighter to do those same Direct Action missions. Setting up intelligence early warning networks or leading a dedicated guerrilla force to success in the Unconventional Warfare (UW) environment isn’t as tangible, nor as sexy. There won’t be those “must-see” YouTube moments in most of those type of missions but they are essential for successful mission accomplishment.
Being able to reach and teach a foreigner in his own language and teach them is a tremendous boost to building rapport, earning the trust, and creating a successful joint team with our foreign allies. That’s where the cultural awareness and language training become so important.