Special Operations News Update 20160105

A U.S. Navy SEAL assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit 2 trains up a member of the Serbian Special Anti-Terrorist Unit in November 2016. (photo by Staff Sgt. Larraine Whetstone, 24th Press Camp HQ).
A U.S. Navy SEAL assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit 2 trains up a member of the Serbian Special Anti-Terrorist Unit in November 2016. (photo by Staff Sgt. Larraine Whetstone, 24th Press Camp HQ).

SOF News Update 20160105 – History Channel Asia special on Asia’s special forces, passing SOF selection, South Korean hit squad, SOCEUR SEALs train with Serbs, rescuing SOF operators off the African continent, and more.

Asia’s Special Forces. The History Channel is airing a program named “Asia’s Special Forces With Terry Schappert” History Asia has run two seasons where it presents the programs about the world’s toughest military units. Schappert, a former Green Beret, is a 23-year veteran of U.S. Special Forces. It is now airing the best of the two seasons in a 4-part special starting January 22nd and running to January 30th.
www.historyasia.com/shows/asias-special-forces-terry-schappert

Navy SEAL Playing College Ball. Lots of SOF guys think about leaving the service and playing college football. Most don’t. (I was one of the lucky ones, left 7th SFGA, played ball for one season, then back on active duty). Read the story of a former SEAL who left the Navy and went on to play football for Northwestern in an article by Inside NU, January 4, 2017.

SEALs Training Serbs. Members of the Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) conducted a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with the Serbian Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ) in the later part of 2016. Learn more in “Navy SEALs builds relations with Serbian Forces”EUCOM.mil, January 4, 2017.

Rescue of SOF Operator from Libya. In 2016, a mission took place that attracted very little attention – well, none at all. It was the medical evacuation of a SOF operator with an eye injury. Africa is a big place with hardly any U.S. medical facilities. Learn how the U.S. military uses the U.S. Marines Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response Africa based at Moron Air Base, Spain to get a guy off the big continent in “Marines Rescued Injured Operator from Libya in Emergency Mission”Military.com, January 4, 2017.

South Korean Special Unit to be Formed. A specialist unit tasked to eliminate key leaders of the North Korean regime is being formed by South Korea. Read “South Korea hastens plans for a special unit tasked with eliminating Kim Jong-un in event of war”The Telegraph (UK), January 4, 2017.

How to Pass SOF Selection. Special operations units are difficult to get into. The selection process is very arduous. Learn a little bit on how to pass BUD/S, RASP, or SFAS. Leo Jenkins presents “7 Easy Steps That Guarantee You to Pass Any SOF Selection”Havok Journal, December 27, 2016. (This article was originally published in 2014).

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