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The complete idiot's guide to the U.S. Special Ops Forces
Cerasini, Marc, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Part 1. Special forces in history -- Part 2. Green Berets -- Part 3. U.S. Army Special Forces -- Part 4. U.S. Navy SEALs -- Part 5. U.S. Air Force Special Operations -- Part 6. First Special Operational Detachment-Delta.
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UA34.S64 C37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to the face of modern US warfare in the 21st century. The US Special Operations Forces will be at the forefront of every battle that the US will wage against the war on terrorism.

Author Notes

Marc Cerasini, The New York Times best-selling author, has written more than 40 books

Table of Contents

Part 1 Special Forces in Historyp. 1
1 A Force to Reckon Withp. 3
What's so Special About Special Forces?p. 4
America's First Special Forces Unitp. 5
Rangers of the American Revolutionp. 7
Special Forces in the Civil Warp. 10
Special Forces Come of Agep. 11
2 The Special Forces of World War IIp. 15
The 1st Ranger Battalionp. 16
The Birth of the First Special Services Forcep. 20
Into the Jungle with America's New Elitep. 20
Underwater Units and Amphibious Invasionsp. 23
3 Covert Operations in World War IIp. 29
Lieut. Col. Pete Ellis and Operation Plan 712p. 30
"Wild Bill" Donovan, Coordinator of Informationp. 32
The Office of Strategic Servicesp. 33
The U.S. Special Operations Commandp. 40
4 America's Models: Foreign Special Forcesp. 43
Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executivep. 44
David Stirling's Special Air Servicep. 44
The British Special Boat Squadronp. 48
The Fuhrer's Secret Warriorsp. 51
Foreign Special Forces Since World War IIp. 57
Part 2 The Green Berets
5 When Counterinsurgency Was All the Ragep. 61
Harry Truman's Postwar Purgep. 62
Trouble in the East: The Malayan Emergencyp. 63
Col. Aaron Bank and the U.S. Special Forcesp. 65
Fade to Black: The Central Intelligence Agencyp. 68
6 The Green Berets at Their Finest Hourp. 75
Trouble in Southeast Asiap. 76
John F. Kennedy and the Green Beretsp. 77
Robin Moore Joins the Green Beretsp. 81
The Ballad and the Balladeerp. 84
7 The Green Berets in Vietnamp. 89
Kennedy Turns to the Special Forcesp. 90
The Civilian Irregular Defense Groupp. 92
The Achievements of Project Deltap. 95
Project Omega and Project Sigmap. 96
Incident in the Tonkin Gulfp. 97
8 Endgame in Vietnamp. 99
The Battle of Nam Dongp. 100
The Other Warp. 101
Rogues and Snake Eatersp. 102
The Rheault Incidentp. 103
Operation Kingpin: The Raid at Son Tayp. 105
The Final Fate of the Indigsp. 109
9 The Lean Yearsp. 111
A New Battle for Survivalp. 112
Civic Action at Home: The SPARTAN Programp. 113
Crisis Erupts in Iranp. 114
Operation Just Cause: A Second Chancep. 115
Special Forces in Panamap. 116
Special Forces in the Persian Gulf Warp. 117
Part 3 The U.S. Army Special Forces
10 The Coming of the U.S. Special Operations Commandp. 123
The Iranian Hostage Crisisp. 124
The Nunn-Cohen Amendmentp. 125
The Structure of the U.S. Special Operations Commandp. 126
11 Introducing the U.S. Army Special Operations Commandp. 129
The "Six Pack"p. 130
The Special Forces Commandp. 130
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regimentp. 132
The Special Operations Support Commandp. 137
The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and Schoolp. 137
The Civil Affairs/Psychological Operations Commandp. 138
12 The U.S. Army Special Forces Training Regimenp. 139
Requirements for a Special Forces Recruitp. 140
The Special Forces Assessment and Selection Coursep. 142
The Qualification Coursep. 144
More School, Then into the Fieldp. 150
The Special Forces Creedp. 150
13 The 75th Ranger Regimentp. 153
"Rangers Lead the Way"p. 154
The 75th Ranger Regiment Todayp. 155
The Structure of a Ranger Regimentp. 157
The Ranger Training Brigadep. 158
The Ranger Creedp. 163
Part 4 The U.S. Navy SEALs
14 Introducing the Navy SEALsp. 167
The Origin of the Navy SEALsp. 167
The SEALs in Actionp. 170
The "Brown Water Navy"p. 175
15 The Navy SEALs Training Regimenp. 179
Requirements for a Navy SEAL Candidatep. 180
BUD/S Trainingp. 181
Airborne-Qualifiedp. 186
Probationp. 187
16 Into the Sea, Air, Land Teamsp. 189
Group One and Group Twop. 190
SEAL Teams in a Nutshellp. 190
A Typical SEAL Missionp. 193
Part 5 The U.S. Air Force Special Operations
17 Introducing the U.S. Air Force Special Operationsp. 201
The Birth of the Air Force Special Opsp. 202
The AFSOC Basic Mission Profilesp. 202
The Precursors of the AFSOCp. 204
The Decline and Rebirth of Air Force Special Operationsp. 210
The AFSOC Unitsp. 212
The AFSOC Aircraftp. 214
18 The Air Force Special Ops Training Regimenp. 221
Into the Air Force Special Tactics Squadronsp. 222
A Bit of Historyp. 222
Special Tactics Squadron Trainingp. 223
Pararescue Jumper Trainingp. 226
Combat Controller Trainingp. 228
Part 6 The First Special Operational Detachment-Delta
19 Terror Is Their Business: Delta Forcep. 233
Terrorism on the Risep. 234
America Responds: Delta and Blue Lightp. 235
Delta in Actionp. 236
Into the Futurep. 241
20 The Delta Force Training Regimenp. 243
Who Joins Delta?p. 244
The Physical Trialsp. 244
The Interviewp. 245
Delta Training: Enter the SOTp. 246
A Special Forces Weaponsp. 251
B Guide to Military Acronymsp. 259
C Further Reading and Viewingp. 265
Glossaryp. 271
Indexp. 287