American Special Forces — In recent years American special forces have garnered a lot of attention. In the past the military preferred to keep their operations, military equipment and even uniforms a secret.
Types Of Specialized Combat Groups
-Coast Guard Deployable Operations Unit
-Many Other Tactical Groups
Uses Of These Forces
The forces listed above each have a specific purpose. There’s groups for land invasions, water rescues, aerial insertion and other clandestine activities. Different night vision and other military gear is implemented by each as well. One well known example of their exploits is that of Seal Team Six, which used state of the art stealth helicopters to assassinate Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Supporting Our Troops
With most of the combat units being highly recognizable, people want to buy merchandise and other memorabilia. This doesn’t just help spread the word, it also helps support the troops. Enthusiasts have a lot to choose from in terms of clothing and real military equipment.
Equipment And Merchandise Available
Items that regular civilians and veterans choose to purchase include night vision, surveillance equipment, knives and swords, Military T-shirts and gifts, footwear, survival gear, flags, banners, hats and so much more. Many family and friends choose to purchase such items because it shows that their loved ones are fighting for their country.
Becoming A Member Of Special Operations
Most members of these black ops units were required to already be enlisted. After a certain period of time, and after having shown exemplary dedication, they can apply for a particular group. Failure rates are great and only individuals with specific qualities will succeed. Here’s a list of unique qualities needed.
-Ability to withstand extreme physical exertion.
-Maintain composure during times of mental duress.
-Leadership capabilities and team working skills.
-Ability to achieve high level security clearances and pass background checks.
-Absolute loyalty to their country and military division.
Preparing For Training
Most potential candidates choose to train hard long before they must actually take the special forces tests. Since exams are both physically and mentally exhausting, extreme training is usually required for any chance of passing. Doing the following may help.
-Run up to 8 miles 5 days a week.
-Weight train 3 to 4 days per week.
-Train with relevant military equipment like surveillance technology, survival gear and weapons.
-Prepare mentally for harsh situations
Training is the most important part of becoming ready for the special forces. Candidates should prepare themselves both mentally and physically for grueling exams. The rewards to passing and becoming a member of an elite group are many. Both a person’s country and family can be proud of such an achievement.
If you know anything about the history of aviation, you probably realize that the Air Force used to be called the Army Air Corp, and it was not its own separate branch of service. Today of course we have the United States Air Force, and it is huge with bases around the world. So, where did this concept of having a separate branch just for an Air Force in a nation’s military come from anyway you ask?
Indeed, I would submit to you that one of the earliest recommendations of this type came from the gentleman who wrote the book; “The Command of the Air” – a general the Italian army – Giulio Douhet. Interestingly enough, you can still pick up this book today from the University of Alabama Press, (2009), ISBN: 978-0-8173-5608-8. Perhaps you can find it on Amazon, and this book is a reprinted version of Giulio Douhet’s 1929 work. That’s right, 1929; a good year for vintage wine, as long as it has been sealed properly, and doesn’t taste like vinegar by now.
Okay so, if you’ll turn to page 26, the author appears to give the first argument for the US Air Force as a separate entity from the Army Air Corp, as he states that those who pilot aircraft, and those that are in charge of Army maneuvers and artillery are not the same type of people and they don’t work well together, even if they do work towards the same objectives. Those were not his exact words, but you get the drift, now then, I have a question for you?
A.) Would you say this is one of the first written records of such a suggestion?
In mind yes, and the reason I say this is because I cannot find a similar entry in history. Yes, I’m sure by 1929 other people had made mention of this, however the Italian general talked about this in 1909 and 1910, and then later added to his summation in his 1929 work. So, it is quite possible that the Italians, Germans, Americans, as well as the British all considered this gentleman’s insight. Many today consider him somewhat of a father figure to the concept of air superiority.
Although I have my reservations as to just how brilliant this gentleman was, or his level of genius, I do believe that in his day he made some very wise observations. Yes, including this one. Therefore, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
In the UK there is currently a huge shortage of affordable housing, and this is having a severely detrimental effect on service men and women when they are making the transition from the military to civilian life. Jobs for ex Forces personnel are also in short supply, meaning our heroes are in greater danger of falling into debt or homelessness. The step from military life to civilian life is not an easy one, and all too often everyday issues like housing, benefits, employment and health can become stumbling blocks for ex-military servicemen and women
It’s an unfortunate fact that many military service leavers are homeless on departure from the Forces and are not put forward as a priority for emergency accommodation despite the sacrifices they may have made for their country. Help for soldiers can be found in a number of places, but there are no government-funded schemes to assist with the specific problems service families come up against when looking for housing.
Lord Best, social housing leader in the House of Lords put forward a plan to solve the housing crisis by building 100,000 retirement and extra-care homes every year in order to provide older citizens with better-suited accommodation to live in. In turn this will mean their older, larger properties will return to the market, providing first-time buyers (many of whom will be ex-military servicemen and women) with affordable housing. Service families would benefit hugely from a scheme like this.
The plan is not without its issues though; the initial investment required to build such a large number of homes would require a huge amount of risk from the construction industry’s point of view. The scheme would also rely on older homeowners being ready and willing to move house, a stressful change that many would not be keen to take on or even may not be physically able to.
There would also need to be a cultural change in the way people feel about their properties, forgoing sentiment for practicality. This, unfortunately, would be nearly impossible to encourage and despite new housing being potentially more practical for the ageing population, the emotional attachments people have to their homes cannot be overlooked.
The housing crisis in the UK is a complex issue, and one that cannot be solved by simple solutions, however what this proposal from Lord Best shows is that without forward-thinking solutions like his, the problem will never be overcome.
Everyone realizes that a superior force is a really nice advantage in business, politics, sports, and warfare, but anyone who has lived through such endeavors also knows that victory goes to the bold, with the will to win, and has agility and fluidity of motion on their side. After all, an overwhelming force is often bureaucratic, slow to make decisions, and in this day and age warfare happens at lightning speed.
Okay so, now that I have your attention let’s talk.
In Chapter 8 “Superiority of Numbers” of Karl von Clausewitz’s military philosophy classic “On War” he discusses that; “the most common element of victory is overwhelming size of force” – and one has to ask if this is still viable in the twenty-first century?
Consider that the battlespace has changed and new components such as; Media, Globalization, Cyber Warfare, International Proxy Terrorism, Trade Sanctions, the United Nation Security Council, and others have been added to the mix – so, we ask is it possible that “superiority of numbers” is still all it’s cracked up to be? Is that really the deciding advantage?
Well, it is one of them so, I’d like to take this military strategy philosophical debate to a higher level if I might. Okay so what if we were to challenge this line of thought? Still be must realize that, what Clausewitz stated was; “most common element is overwhelming size” and that caveat at the end “at the decisive point” makes Karl von Clausewitz statement pretty solid and hard to crack, yes, we can crack it and find a weak spot and destroy his quote.
If the goal is to debate Clausewitz on Chapter 8 it would be difficult because he has carefully stated his point, and left few holes to exploit, but as we debate this and use perhaps a strategic tactic, perhaps we can defeat the powerhouse of his argument and exploit his superiority of force concept, just as we could any superior force, such as 4,000 Chinese fighters, or a barrage missile swarm at the sixth fleet, but in the end, we must realize that; it certainly does give the army with superior strength and force an advantage.
Still, in Judo, you use the opponent’s strengths against him, in Jujitsu you focus at the breaking points with full directed force. Think on this, it’s a very good exercise to get you to think about military tactics. Meanwhile, I hope you have enjoyed this session of Winslow on War.