Difference between green berets,rangers,delta force,marine recon

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  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    Im curious about the differences between these different groups. I know marine recon is probably the most different but what do all these guys do that's so different? Arent they all special forces ? Which one sees the most action?
     
  2. lbwar15

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    Well there are 5 branches of the military. Army,Navy,Air force, Coastguard, and the Marines. All 5 branches have there own special forces the GB, rangers, and delta as you listed are units of the Army. Some examples of the others are Navy- combat divers, seals, ext. Air Force- halo jumpers ext. coastguard- rescue swimmers. Marines- recon snipers ext.
     

  3. therhino

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    From what I understand, "Green Beret" is a catch-all for Army SpecOps. There is no specific "Green Berets" unit.
    Rangers are first-entry units, trained for recon and rapid insertion ahead of the main body.
    Deltas are the "secret squirrels" who operate in small units for very specific purposes, but are overall trained in counter-terrorism roles.
    Marine Recon are a lot like Rangers in role, being the leading element before a main Marine force.

    That's from what I know and have read, which may be completely wrong, lol.
     
  4. texaswoodworker

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    You forgot National Guard. :p
     
  5. HOSSFLY

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    And Boy Scouts ;)
     
  6. IGETEVEN

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    :cool:
     
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  7. JSStryker

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    Beg to differ:
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/11/ap-special-forces-equals-green-berets-111711/

    This is my understanding of Special Operations forces.

    You need a specific target destroyed call the Navy SEALs
    You need a Seal team extracted from a super hot combat zone you send in the Navy SWCC
    You want a target watched call USMC Force Recon.
    You need a large target seized and held call the Army Rangers
    You need indigenous forces trained call the Army Special Forces (Green Berets)
    You need a downed pilot recovered you call USAF Pararescue
    You need an open or rough water rescue performed call the USCG Rescue Swimmers

    Now I know all the units I mentioned can do each others jobs but the ones I listed seem to be their specialties. Don't know much about Delta or MARSOC.
     
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  8. therhino

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  9. JSStryker

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    Glad to be of service :)
     
  10. c3shooter

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    Who gets the most action? Probably Suzi down at the Victoria's Cabaret in Fayetteville. (sorry, inside joke)



    All are Special WARFARE- but have different roles.

    Rangers- see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Rangers

    Special Forces- nicknamed Green Berets due to their distinctive headgear- see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Forces_(United_States_Army)

    What some folks call Delta Force is the 1st US Special Forces, Operational Detachment Delta. Different missions. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Force

    Now, I used Wikipedia links for a reason- much of what goes on with units of this type is classified- so if I use public source info for that, I am not discussing anything I should not. And seriously, classified means much of what the units do, where they do it, how they do it.

    Marine Force Recon, of course, is tasked with just that- recon. Finding where the bad guys are hiding so your big brother can come beat the snot out of him. Also allied with Marine Special Operations. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps_Force_Reconnaissance

    Seals- US Navy- Stands for Sea, Air, Land. "The only easy day was yesterday". See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs

    Our friends in the Air Force also have some Special Warfare folks- many of whom are certifiably insane, drive airplanes, and will take you along for the ride. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USAFSOC

    The National Guard is associated with either the US Army, or the US Air Force. There are Special Warfare units in the Guard and Reserve.

    The one common factor for all of these- operations are usually on a fairly small scale, intended to accomplish a precise mission, and usually where there are more bad guys than good guys.

    There will be a TON of people that will claim they were specialforcesrangersealdeltaforcereconsniperscoutcommando. Most of the folks that are (or were) do not discuss it much outside of their own professional community.
     
  11. beastmode986

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    I'm asking because I want to be part of a special warfare unit in whatever branch I decide to join. I'm just trying to find out which one I like best. Thanks for the help, anyone else have something to say?
     
  12. Jpyle

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    LOL...ok, who poked the bear?
     
  13. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    And The Salvation Army.
     
  14. Vincine

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    The guys I knew who had been on the Force all spoke more than 'American', and had an ability to pick up languages relatively easily. I don’t think being a linguist was a requirement for the others. They're ALL wicked smart!
     
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  15. armsmaster270

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    A.F. Forward air Controllers were also certifiable.
     
  16. bogcjg

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    i knew some one in the 24th Special Tactics Squadron these guys are crazy
     
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  18. c3shooter

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    Nope- mentioned their affiliation with Force Recon. :p
     
  19. WebleyFosbery38

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    Dont Forget the FTFSF, makes the rest of them look pretty whimpy (no disrespect)!
     
  20. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    What does that stand for?