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    Also known as Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta or Combat

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    Delta Force


    The US Army Delta Force, a top US special forces team, has been known

    throughout the years by a number of names including 1st Special

    Operational Detachment-Delta, Combat Applications Group and Army

    Compartmented Elements. Their main missions include counter-terrorism

    with involvement in hostage rescue, capture and elimination of

    terrorist forces and intelligence gathering regarding any terrorist

    threat. Additional assignments can include guarding VIPs and

    unconventional warfare. Delta Force is based out of Ft. Bragg, NC.
    The Delta Force is one of two military outfits in the United States

    charged with counterterrorist operations. Like the other, the Navy's

    Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), Delta Force can deploy at a

    moment's notice. But unlike DEVGRU, Delta Force doesn't officially

    exist.

    In the 1970s, the world began to see an outbreak of extremism. Groups

    like Germany's Red Army Faction and the Palestinian Liberation

    Organization introduced new words into the global vocabulary -- words

    like terrorism and hijacking. As a response to the sudden and

    widespread emergence of terrorist ideologies, United States Army

    Colonel Charles Beckwith proposed that the government create a small,

    skilled tactical team capable of responding with quick and deadly force

    to terrorist activities [source: SOC].

    In 1977, Beckwith assembled the force and recruited from the Green

    Berets, the Army Rangers and the Airborne divisions. Beckwith created a

    grueling training course based on that of the British Special Air

    Service (SAS) -- an elite commando unit capable of carrying out highly

    specialized missions. Beckwith spent a year in an exchange program with

    the SAS and was inspired by his experience [source: SOC]. He used the

    group as a model, and today Delta Force and SAS still serve

    side-by-side and exchange members in their cross-training programs. In

    1996, Delta Force operators and SAS members stormed the home of the

    Japanese ambassador to rescue him from hostage-takers in Lima, Peru.

    Delta Force recruits are selected based on the special skills they

    possess, like exceptional marksmanship. It's reputed that Delta Force

    recruits must show 100 percent accuracy in shooting from 600 yards, and

    90 percent accuracy at 1,000 yards [source: VFW Magazine]. Beckwith

    also created a 40-mile hike as an endurance test to separate the truly

    capable from those who had simply managed to remain in training to that

    point. This method is taken directly from the SAS.

    Delta Force holds nationwide recruitment drives several months out of

    the year, culminating in two selection processes, one in the spring and

    one in the fall. Following the monthlong selection process, recruits

    who make it through move on to the training process, which is believed

    to last six months.

    Delta Force is separated into three combat squadrons -- A, B and C --

    along with a support squadron, signal squadron, aviation platoon and a

    "funny platoon" -- the intelligence-gathering outfit of the Delta

    Force, rumored to be the only special operations platoon to include

    women.

    The combat squadrons are composed of smaller units called troops, which

    specialize in airborne, ground or water insertion much like the Green

    Berets. Ultimately, troops can be split into small mission teams of up

    to 12 men and as few as one.

    Coming from military backgrounds, recruits are already trained to kill,

    but as Delta Force operators, they become trained killers. As

    counterterrorist operatives, Delta Force members are trained in the art

    of hostage rescue in closed spaces. When they rescue hostages, the

    hostage-takers are rarely left alive. It was Beckwith who mandated the

    simple two-tap method of dealing with terrorists -- two shots go into

    each terrorist [source: VFW Magazine]. In stark contrast to movie or TV

    representations, Delta Force operators don't spare those who may come

    back to fight them again.



    Delta Force Selction And Training



    Delta Force recruits are selected based on the special skills they

    possess, like exceptional marksmanship. It's reputed that Delta Force

    recruits must show 100 percent accuracy in shooting from 600 yards, and

    90 percent accuracy at 1,000 yards [source: VFW Magazine]. Beckwith

    also created a 40-mile hike as an endurance test to separate the truly

    capable from those who had simply managed to remain in training to that

    point. This method is taken directly from the SAS.
    The selection process for the US Army Delta Force is rigid with most of

    the recruits coming from the Special Forces Groups and the 75th Ranger

    Regiment. The recruits must undergo a number of physically

    challenging tests which increase in difficulty throughout this portion

    of the program. Next they will undergo a series of mental challenges.

    It is only then a recruit is told whether he has been selected to enter

    into the 6-month Operator Training Course.

    This intense phase of training consists of a number of courses.

    Students are first trained to be excellent marksman first with

    stationery targets and then moving targets. Once they have become

    proficient, they are challenged in what is known as a “shooting house”

    where they are assigned to clear the rooms inside of all enemy targets.

    Students are challenged individually and then perform the task again

    and again, each time adding a team member (up to a total of four).

    Once the group(s) has successfully cleared the house, hostages are

    added among the enemy targets.

    Students are also taught to break various types of locks and how to

    build bombs from easily accessed common materials. They are also

    taught espionage skills and specialized driving techniques using

    advanced driving courses and a variety of vehicles. They are further

    instructed on how to use the vehicle(s) as both a defensive and an

    offensive weapon.



    Delta Force units cross-train with similar units from other Allied

    countries. They have also assisted in the training of other US

    counter-terrorism groups such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s

    Hostage Rescue Team. The US Army Delta Force is an extremely versatile

    organization and is said to remain on standby in order for immediate

    response to any terrorist threat situation.



    Delta Force ORGANISATION AND STRUCTURE


    Delta Force is separated into three combat squadrons -- A, B and C --

    along with a support squadron, signal squadron, aviation platoon and a

    "funny platoon" -- the intelligence-gathering outfit of the Delta

    Force, rumored to be the only special operations platoon to include

    women.

    The combat squadrons are composed of smaller units called troops, which

    specialize in airborne, ground or water insertion much like the Green

    Berets. Ultimately, troops can be split into small mission teams of up

    to 12 men and as few as one.

    Coming from military backgrounds, recruits are already trained to kill,

    but as Delta Force operators, they become trained killers. As

    counterterrorist operatives, Delta Force members are trained in the art

    of hostage rescue in closed spaces. When they rescue hostages, the

    hostage-takers are rarely left alive. It was Beckwith who mandated the

    simple two-tap method of dealing with terrorists -- two shots go into

    each terrorist [source: VFW Magazine]. In stark contrast to movie or TV

    representations, Delta Force operators don't spare those who may come

    back to fight them again.


    Delta Force History

    In the 1970s, the world began to see an outbreak of extremism. Groups

    like Germany's Red Army Faction and the Palestinian Liberation

    Organization introduced new words into the global vocabulary -- words

    like terrorism and hijacking. As a response to the sudden and

    widespread emergence of terrorist ideologies, United States Army

    Colonel Charles Beckwith proposed that the government create a small,

    skilled tactical team capable of responding with quick and deadly force

    to terrorist activities [source: SOC].

    In 1977, Beckwith assembled the force and recruited from the Green

    Berets, the Army Rangers and the Airborne divisions. Beckwith created a

    grueling training course based on that of the British Special Air

    Service (SAS) -- an elite commando unit capable of carrying out highly

    specialized missions. Beckwith spent a year in an exchange program with

    the SAS and was inspired by his experience [source: SOC]. He used the

    group as a model, and today Delta Force and SAS still serve

    side-by-side and exchange members in their cross-training programs. In

    1996, Delta Force operators and SAS members stormed the home of the

    Japanese ambassador to rescue him from hostage-takers in Lima, Peru.




    Delta Force Weapons
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    At its training facility, known in some circles as the "House of

    Horrors," Delta Force is believed to work tirelessly, honing its

    skills. Its facility is believed to include buses, trains and even a

    passenger airliner for staging hostage-rescue scenarios. The group

    refines its training in close-quarters combat, and since its members

    are also required to be excellent marksmen, they also practice shooting

    regularly.

    The arsenal available to the Delta Force is said to be limitless. The

    very best weaponry the world has to offer is at its fingertips, and

    much of its arms are heavily customized. The force is believed to favor

    submachine guns made by Heckler and Koch, the German arms manufacturer.

    Specifically, the group is thought to prize the H&K M4 and MP5 as light

    weapons, along with the company's PSG1 7.62mm sniper rifle [source:

    Forces-Speciales]. They've also been known to use American manufacturer

    Browning's M82A1 .50-caliber sniper rifle for long-range targets up to

    1,750 yards [source: Tekawiz].

    Delta Force is believed to have worked directly with Heckler and Koch

    to develop the new 416 model, a carbine that fires 5.56mm rounds, as a

    replacement for the M4. High-performance submachine guns and

    high-powered sniper rifles alone do not make a successful Delta Force

    mission. In addition to its weaponry and extensive training, Delta

    Force also requires a lift. In many cases, operators rely on their

    squadron's aviation platoon. These platoons are composed of aircraft

    that are painted and outfitted to look like civilian helicopters. These

    aircraft are even said to have made-up civilian-class registration

    numbers on them.

    In missions where it must appear that the United States government,

    military or federal agencies have no official involvement, the Delta

    Force aviation platoon serves the battle squadrons well. Operators

    invading in civilian clothes, in what looks to be civilian aircraft,

    create a tremendous amount of plausible deniability. After all, these

    people could just as easily be overzealous citizens or employees of a

    private security firm (a job that many former Delta Force operators

    take after retirement).

    In special cases, the Delta Force calls in the Night Stalkers.

    Officially referred to as the 160th Special Operations Aviation

    Regiment (SOAR), this group of highly trained pilots flies Blackhawk

    and Little Bird helicopters close to the ground to deliver special

    operations forces like the Delta Force to its insertion areas. The

    Night Stalkers use night vision equipment, flying without lights in

    black helicopters at night. They pride themselves on being able to get

    to any destination within plus or minus 30 seconds of their stated time

    frame.




    Delta Force Operations

    he group's first assignment came shortly after its formation, guarding

    the Pan-American Games in Puerto Rico in 1979 [source: SOC]. While that

    detail reportedly went smoothly, its next operation -- Eagle Claw --

    failed. The objective of the operation, to rescue 66 American hostages

    at the embassy in Tehran, Iran, wasn't completed. A helicopter carrying

    Delta Force and other special operations team members crashed, killing

    eight and ending the operation. Following that, control of Delta Force

    was taken out of the hands of traditional special operations command

    [source: VFW Magazine]. Exactly where it was placed, however, remains a

    mystery.

    Delta Force carried out at least one notable textbook operation, based

    on exactly what the group was formed to do -- rescue hostages in tight

    spaces. The force boarded a hijacked Indonesian passenger plane in

    1980, rescuing the hostages and killing all four hijackers. This wasn't

    the last time they were called out to handle a hostage situation on an

    airliner. In other similar scenarios, including hijacked airliners in

    Algiers, Kuwait, and Cyprus, the Delta Force found themselves blocked

    from carrying out operations by local authorities [source: SOC].

    Being activated -- only to find upon arrival that it wasn't needed or

    wanted -- would prove to be a pattern for Delta Force. In the early

    1980s, for example, Delta Force was tapped to carry out operations to

    rescue American POWs in Vietnam. Each mission was scrapped, however,

    after a private American citizen staged his own publicized missions

    [source: SOC].

    While its primary role is to carry out counterterrorist operations,

    Delta Force also serves other functions -- essentially any type of

    mission that requires quick and deadly skill from a small group. The

    group is reported to carry out operations on behalf of other branches

    of the military and agencies, like the CIA's shadowy Special Activities

    Staff [source: SpecWarNet].

    Delta Force has participated overtly alongside the military in major

    invasions carried out by the United States. In Grenada, during

    Operation Urgent Fury, it stormed a prison to release hostages [source:

    Military.com]. And in Panama, as part of Operation Just Cause, the

    group rescued an American CIA operative and helped capture president

    Manuel Noriega [source: Army.com].

    Perhaps its most widely known operation is the "Great Scud Hunt" during

    Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Delta Force operators infiltrated

    hundreds of miles into Iraq, finding Iraqi Scud missiles, acquiring

    them as targets for American fighter jets and killing Scud-launching

    crews [source: Global Securty.net]. Members also served as bodyguards

    for General Norman Schwarzkopf during Desert Storm in Iraq [source:

    SpecWarNet]. Serving as bodyguards is a role Delta Force apparently

    continues today, as photos of reported Delta Force operators guarding

    Afghani president Hamid Karzai have emerged.

    Delta Force operators have been involved in missions that required

    other skill sets. Members of the group infiltrated Libya in 1984,

    installing surveillance equipment that allowed the United States to

    keep tabs on militant training camps. From Libya, Delta is said to have

    made its way to Chad, an African nation friendly to the United States.

    There, operators trained the Chad military in the use of Stinger

    missiles and other high-tech weapons supplied by the United States,

    which was used by Chad to fire on Libyan planes [source: SOC]. A decade

    later, Delta Force took part in the extensive hunts for Serbian war

    criminals .



    Delta Force Conclusion

    Delta Force is often referred to as Special Forces Operational

    Detachment-Delta. It's also known as the Combat Applications Group

    (CAG). While it often draws its ranks from the Army Special Forces (the

    Army Green Berets) and shares Fort Bragg, N.C., headquarters with them,

    it isn't an Army Special Forces detachment. Delta Force is a unit unto

    itself, composed of members from all branches of the military.

    It must be said that neither the United States government nor the

    military officially acknowledges the existence of Delta Force. It's

    only in recent years that vague references by the government to the

    group's existence have been allowed to go uncensored. These references

    have turned up in transcripts from Congressional hearings and

    biographies of high-ranking military leaders.

    In 1993, Delta Force came under the microscope when its operators were

    among those who fought and died in a failed operation to remove a

    Somali warlord. And in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983,

    reports of two missions by Delta Force -- one failed and one successful

    -- have become common knowledge.

    The Pentagon tightly controls information about Delta Force and

    publicly refuses to comment on the secretive unit and its activities.

    Delta operators are granted an enormous amount of flexibility and

    autonomy. To conceal their identities, they rarely wear a uniform and

    usually wear civilian clothing both on or off duty. When military

    uniforms are worn, they lack markings, surnames, or branch names.

    Civilian hair styles and facial hair are allowed to enable the members

    to blend in and avoid recognition as military personnel.
     
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    When we talk of Israeli SOF two units pop up quickly i.e Sayeret Matkal and Shayetet 13. But the Israeli's have some equally awesome almost unheard of SOF units, the Egoz units is one of them.

    About the Egoz unit

    Egos is the elite Israeli ground forces commando unit, in the special forces of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It specializes in guerrilla, anti-guerrilla warfare, and more complicated ground activity. Egoz is part of the Northern Command's Golani Brigade and today, it is a "Portable" unit, that operates anywhere.

    Before the year 2000, Egoz operated mainly in Israel's Northern Command, combating threats from the Hezbollah. Following Israel's withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, its operations were moved to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 2003 and 2004, Egoz prevented more terrorist acts than any other IDF unit. The unit still does some reconnaissance in southern Lebanon.

    The Egoz Unit was founded in 1956 as a special forces unit (sayeret), but was disbanded and re-organized in 1964 due to a friendly fire incident. After the Six-Day War, it became a battalion. It was disbanded again following the Yom Kippur War due to manpower shortages in other units, and re-formed in 1995 as an anti-guerrilla unit (company). Most of the initial fighters came from the Shimshon Unit. Its commander was from the Navy Commandos and as a result, much of the discipline, tactics and professionalism come from the Navy Commandos, and are the foundations upon which the unit was built on.

    The training of an Egoz unit begins with basic training, advanced exercises, and unit marches, after which each soldier is interviewed by Israeli intelligence to determine if he should be screened out from the second phase of training. The second phase consists of learning camouflage warfare, various kinds of assaults, land navigation, completing the squad leaders course, jeep driving course, counter-terrorism course, parachute course, reconnaissance course and the alpine course – if there is snow in the Hermon area- among other courses that are highly classified.

    When operating in Lebanon, the unit uses unmarked cartridges, as well as the Russian-made RPD and PK light machine guns. Soldiers using the MTAR-21 "Tavor" standard issue weapon have the Litton Akila night vision system mounted on it.

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    -The above pic is a favorite of mine.In this are two Egoz operators blending in, try locating them, the first one will be a bit east to spot.



    well egoz is pretty well known in israel :) but its not close on skill level to matkal and shayetet, its on same level as duvdevan and kinda maglan, btw the picture in shayetet 13 with man in grey uniform that is goin to right with desert camo on assault rifle is not from shayetet its contractor unit or something not from military there ware also adverstments in news papers of them few years ago that they train guards or something
     
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    man now that i look at other countrys soldiers gear i feel bit jelly we didnt have cool stuff like that -.- they are special forces but still :(
     
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    indian forces looks like chowkidar in front of these world class armies. :rofl::laugh::lol:
     
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