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Delta Force


Also known as Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta or Combat

Applications Group (CAG)



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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

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.

Pictures

-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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