Some of the most highly trained soldiers in the entire Military are Army Special Forces troops. These soldiers are specialized and experts in the different fields that they are trained for. These are the soldiers that are put into situations calling for military operations outside the norm, that need to happen outside conventional military operations. A member of an Army Special Forces team will be a member of an ODA, also known as an Operational Detachment Alpha. An ODA is a 12-member team that can be deployed around the world in various situations that require a rapid response. This requirement for an ODA can be in peacetime or war, in calm or crisis. The Special Forces Team member is responsible for performing mission objectives, and carrying out orders in fulfillment of mission objectives.
As a member of a Special Forces Army team you will normally be a specialist in one of five different areas:
-Foreign Internal Defense.
All Army Special Forces members are experts at various weapons systems, and modes of combat. Special Forces teams have used for many years various means of Unconventional Warfare, also known as Guerilla warfare. Army Special Forces teams are often called upon to equip, train, assist and advise forces with another government or forces operating against enemy held areas or enemy controlled territory. All members of a Army Special Forces Team go through demanding training, from Ranger School, to Airborne Training, to Aviation Jump School, and finally to Special Forces Qualification Courses. After qualifying as an Army Special Forces individual you will be the member of an elite force, one of a very few that can wear the Special Forces Insignia with pride.
Being in the Army Special Forces is not for everyone. The competition to enter is very stiff, and the physical and mental demands put on candidates is very intense. Most people do not qualify, and nearly forty percent of those who begin the training to be Army Special Forces dis- enroll and do not finish the training. Persons interested in joining Army Special Forces should be physically in their prime, able to operate with self-discipline, confidence and intelligence. They should be slow to anger, and have the ability to remain calm under stressful situations.