The Army’s Green Berets have gained a reputation over the decades for their toughness and fighting skills. They served with local forces in Vietnam, and in recent years, they’ve deployed repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of their deployments continues to grow: Niger. Somalia. Yemen. Syria. Philippines.
Now a fight appears to be growing inside the Green Beret community.
An anonymous and scathing 12-page letter that begins — “Our Regiment has a cancer, and it is destroying the SF (Special Forces) legacy, its capability and its credibility” — has gone viral over the past few weeks among active-duty and retired soldiers.
It charges that the Green Beret command at its Fort Bragg, N.C., school has lowered training standards and graduated Green Berets who are “markedly and demonstrably weaker; and quantifiably projecting measurable risk and liability onto the teammates with which they serve.”
It is signed: “A concerned Green Beret.”