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GREEN BERETS Special forces highly trained branch of the United States Army specializing in unconventional or guerrilla warfare Popularly known as the Green Berets because of their distinctive caps the modern special forces special forces came into being in 1952 The growth of the force most notably through its role in Southeast Asia during the 1960s in the Vietnam War This reflects the increasing importance accorded guerrilla tactics in modern revolutionary and political developments around the world The green beret was originally designed in 1953 by special forces Major HerbertBrucker a veteran of the OSS Later that year 1st lieutenant Roger Pezelle adopted it as the unofficial headgear for his A-team Operation Detachment FA-32 They wore it whenever they went o the field for prolonged exercises Soon it spread thought out all of special forces although the army refused to authorize its official use Finally in 1961 President Kennedy visited Fort Bragg He sent word to the Special Warfare Center commander General William Yarborough for all the special forces should wear their berets for the event Kennedy liked the idea of the Green Berets so he sent a message to the center authorizing the berets as a par t of the Special Forces Green Beret personnel all airborne or paratroops qualified with high security clearances were trained to infiltrate enemy controlled territory and contact and organize local dissidents for guerrilla operations The forces were known for their strong esprit de corps and intensive cross training that is their schooling is more than one specialty as a precaution against loss of or injury to members of a combat team Rigorous physical conditioning familiarity with foreign weapons and hand to hand combat and night fighting were important training aspects As were the extra military concerns of medical training In 1987 those special forces personnel not deactivated after the Vietnam War were incorporated into the United States Special Operations Command Often they are the sole American
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