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  • In times of crisis the Commander in Chief has the entire United States military at their

  • disposal.

  • When it comes to dangerous and sensitive missions there are certain elite soldiers who can get

  • the job done.

  • The elite soldiers we are talking about are the Navy SEALs and Green Berets.

  • Each is a special forces branch of the military.

  • Let's take a look at the similarities and differences between these two military powerhouses.

  • The name Navy SEAL tells us two things.

  • The first is that this is the special forces branch of the Navy and that they conduct missions

  • on sea, air, and land.

  • This is what the acronym SEAL stands for.

  • These elite soldiers are used in direct raids, reconnaissance missions, and action against

  • terrorist forces.

  • The Navy SEALs can trace their heritage back to World War II.

  • During the war, elite Naval soldiers were assigned to naval combat demolition units

  • and underwater demolition teams.

  • The missions they carried out were to disarm mines and recover sunken objects.

  • These dangerous missions required the best soldiers the Navy had to offer.

  • They were nicknamedfrogmenafter their green suits and amphibious nature.

  • Thesefrogmeneventually evolved into what is today known as the Navy SEALs.

  • Due to Cold War tensions in 1961 President John F. Kennedy called for an increase in

  • special forces.

  • The following year the U.S. Navy created the first two SEAL teams.

  • The soldiers were recruited straight from the underwater demolition units.

  • Navy SEALs continue to carry out important and top priority missions to this day.

  • Green Berets are the special forces unit of the United States Army.

  • Green Berets specialize in counterinsurgency.

  • Like the Navy SEALs, the Green Berets can trace their history back to World War II as

  • well.

  • However, the name Green Beret did not come into use until the 1950's.

  • The idea behind creating Green Beret squads was to create small tactical teams that could

  • sabotage enemy communications and supply lines.

  • The first actual special forces unit in the United States was formed in 1952 under the

  • U.S. Army Psychological Warfare Division.

  • Two years later the Army Special Forces soldiers incorporated their iconic green berets into

  • their uniforms to distinguish themselves from other branches of the military.

  • In 1962 the Army Special Forces gained official and exclusive rights to the berets thus immortalizing

  • the name Green Berets in history.

  • Navy SEALs and Green Berets both have their own requirements for candidacy.

  • In order to become a Navy SEAL you must have at least 20/40 vision in your best eye and

  • 20/70 in your worst eye with no color blindness.

  • This means that some people are disqualified just on eyesight alone.

  • You must have a minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score of 220 and be 28 years

  • old or younger.

  • The final requirement is that you need to be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security

  • clearance.

  • You must meet all these requirements before you will even be considered for the training

  • regiment.

  • In order to be considered for the Green Berets an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and between

  • 20 to 32 years of age by the day they are sent to Infantry One Station Unit Training.

  • You also must be an active duty member of the Army or National Guard and qualify for

  • airborne training.

  • To meet strength and endurance requirements for Green Berets an applicant must complete

  • a minimum of 49 pushups, 59 sit-ups, run two miles in under 15 minutes and 12 seconds,

  • and do six pullups.

  • How do the training regiments stack up between the Navy SEALs and Green Berets?

  • Training for a Navy SEAL is consistently rated the most difficult training out of any branch

  • of the military.

  • The training for a Navy SEAL is made up of three core pillars.

  • The first is to create Men of Character, which means to train each soldier to uphold the

  • Navy's core values.

  • The next pillar of training is physical.

  • Navy Seals must be physically fit and trained to work in every environment, but most especially

  • water.

  • The final pillar of training is technical.

  • The training to become a Navy SEAL requires soldiers to be intelligent and able to quickly

  • learn new tasks.

  • There are two months of preparatory training before a soldier can even begin their Navy

  • SEAL training.

  • This preparatory period includes demanding physical and mental screening tests.

  • Once the preliminary training is over SEAL candidates enter a six month Basic Underwater

  • Demolition training program.

  • This is the part of the training that is cited as being the most difficult training in all

  • of the U.S. military.

  • The candidates must undergo constant physical and mental tests.

  • They are also trained in basic water competency skills, underwater combat, weapons and demolitions

  • training, and navigation on dry land.

  • Then there is Hell Week and it lives up to its name.

  • This part of SEAL training is five days or more of candidates being pushed to their breaking

  • point through intense physical and mental exertion around the clock.

  • They are only allowed about four hours of sleep the entire period.

  • It is at this point about 75% of candidates fail or drop out.

  • If a candidate makes it through Hell Week they are then put through weeks of intermediate

  • training including small-unit tactics, parachuting, and cold weather operations.

  • But nothing is as difficult as Hell Week.

  • If a soldier can make it through all of the rigorous training exercises then they are

  • awarded the Trident.

  • This is the official Navy SEAL symbol.

  • Once the soldier receives their Trident they are assigned to a SEAL platoon where they

  • have several more months of advanced training for specialty skills.

  • It is after this point that soldiers can call themselves a Navy SEAL.

  • Green Berets start out with Basic Combat Training.

  • Candidates who aspire to be Green Berets must also have completed Advanced Individual Training

  • and U.S. Army Airborne School.

  • Soldiers then need to report to Fort Bragg to complete a six week course in physical

  • fitness and land navigation called the Special Forces Preparation Course.

  • Next, the candidates need to go through the Special Forces Assessment and Selection training.

  • During this training soldiers' survival skills are tested and their physical and mental

  • fitness is pushed to its limits.

  • The final phase of the training is the Special Forces Qualification Course.

  • This is a 53 week training course in small unit tactics, combat marksmanship, advanced

  • special forces tactics, language and cultural training, and unconventional warfare.

  • Once these 53 weeks are over the soldier can finally be deployed as a Green Beret.

  • Navy SEALs and Green Berets are both elite special forces units.

  • The Navy Seal training is more difficult to get through, but the Green Berets training

  • is a longer process.

  • There are currently around 2,500 Navy SEALs on active duty.

  • There are about 7,000 Green Berets on active duty.

  • Reports state that the number of Green Berets may be decreasing.

  • The strain of repeated deployments and failure to meet recruiting targets are starting to

  • take its toll on the Green Berets.

  • The amount of soldiers in a squad differs between Navy SEALs and Green Berets as well.

  • SEAL squads consist of approximately 16 men, but may be divided into smaller squads and

  • fire teams as needed.

  • Green Beret squads work in 12 soldier teams, known as an "A-Team."

  • Each member of the team has a specific job within the squad.

  • The two special forces branches have specific mission types.

  • However, Green Berets and Navy SEALs do work together from time to time.

  • There have been missions where the two branches are deployed to complete missions together,

  • and other times where a squad is a mix of Navy SEALs and Green Berets.

  • Normally Navy SEALs are assigned to specific missions based on the skills required.

  • In the case of Navy SEALs The skill set of the squad drives the decision of where they

  • will be deployed.

  • Green Berets are assigned to nine different types of missions.

  • These missions are: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency,

  • special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation

  • of weapons of mass destruction, and security force assistance.

  • The squad is deployed based on the geographic focus of the Green Beret platoon.

  • If the squad has been trained in Middle Eastern cultures they will most likely be deployed

  • to that region of the world.

  • But in extreme circumstances Green Berets are sent wherever they are needed most.

  • When it comes down to it, the training necessary to join each elite force is rigorous and difficult

  • to get through.

  • You can be sure that the soldiers from both branches of the military will be skilled and

  • lethal.

  • But what about their weapons?

  • How do Navy SEAL weapons stack up against the weapons of the Green Berets?

  • For hand guns the Navy SEALs use 9mm SIG Sauer P226, which can have a twenty round clip.

  • The other option Navy SEALs have is the MK23 MOD 0 45-caliber offensive handgun, which

  • has a standard twelve round clip.

  • Both hand guns are equipped with a suppressor and laser-aiming module.

  • These modifications allow for stealthiness and better accuracy.

  • For rifles Navy SEALs use a plethora of different guns.

  • The most common is the M4A1, which has a 550 yard range and a 30 round magazine.

  • SEALs have also been known to use the AK-47 along with submachine guns, shot guns, and

  • sniper rifles to supplement the fire power in their squad.

  • The standard issue handgun for Green Berets is the Glock 19.

  • This pistol was selected for its low-visibility, which allows it to be concealed easily.

  • This is important as the Green Beret uniform might change to meet mission requirements.

  • The Glock 19 magazine capacity can vary from 6 to 33 rounds and can fire over 100 rounds

  • a minute.

  • The two most used rifles for Green Berets are the MK 17 SCAR and the M-4 Carbine.

  • The SCAR is designed for mid-range engagements and has a standard 20 round magazine.

  • The M-4 is used by soldiers who prefer the customizability of the gun and its light weight.

  • Green Berets will choose the right gun for the specific mission they are assigned.

  • Another difference between the Navy SEALs and Green Berets are the crafts they use from

  • mission to mission.

  • Navy SEALs have a wide variety of vehicles at their disposal for deployment.

  • They use aquatic crafts such as the SEAL Delivery Vehicle and The Combat Rubber Raiding Craft,

  • a 15-foot heavily reinforced, inflatable rubber boat.

  • The Navy SEALs also have several other ships and larger craft for deployment and extraction.

  • On the other hand Green Berets tend to only use one vehicle, The Ground Mobility Vehicle.

  • It is a lightweight, all-terrain truck that can be used in a variety of environments and

  • missions.

  • It would seem that the Ground Mobility Vehicle is versatile enough to complete almost any

  • Green Beret assignment.

  • The fact that Navy SEALs must work in the water and air, as well as on land, means they

  • need a more diverse array of delivery vehicles.

  • Deployment time varies within each special forces branch SEALs typically operate on 18-month

  • cycles and are deployed for 6 months at a time.

  • However, some units with special assignments or skills have their own schedules.

  • They may be deployed more frequently, but for shorter amounts of time.

  • Green Berets deployment length can vary, but deployment time is normally between 90 days

  • to 15 months.

  • All in all Navy SEALs and Green Berets are well trained elite soldiers.

  • They can get deployed anywhere around the world, for a variety of missions.

  • Both Navy SEALs and Green Berets have to go through hell and prove they have what it takes

  • through months of training.

  • These soldiers are the best of the best, and are given the equipment they need to complete

  • any mission.

  • Sometimes SEALs and Green Berets work together.

  • I'd hate to be the mission target for that squad.

  • Now go watch American Soldier (USA) vs British Soldier - Military Comparison.

  • Or if you want to learn more about another branch of the U.S. military watch Typical

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