The Green Berets, officially known as the U.S. Army Special Forces, are an elite group formed in 1952 to handle unconventional warfare and sensitive military missions. With origins tracing back to the OSS in World War II, their expertise includes psychological operations, guerrilla warfare, and counterterrorism. Notable for their distinctive headgear, they gained fame during the Vietnam War and continue to honor their connection to President John F. Kennedy, a strong supporter of their role.
- The Green Berets were founded to conduct unconventional warfare and have since expanded to include counterterrorism, surveillance, and training foreign armies.
- Their intense training includes physical fitness, land navigation, language skills, regional cultures, and tactical combat, culminating in a final exercise supporting guerrilla forces.
- President Kennedy played a pivotal role in formalizing their symbolic green berets as part of their uniform and supported their deployment in Vietnam.
- Their fame rose during the Vietnam War, where they engaged in counterinsurgency, community support, and cross-border operations.
- Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s song “The Ballad of the Green Berets” brought the force into the public spotlight, becoming a hit and a recruitment tool during the Vietnam era.