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U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

The Green Berets community is in a bitter internal debate over whether standards have been lowered for the U.S. Army elite force.
Captain Dan (Special Forces withholds last names) of the U.S. Army's Green Berets walks on a foot patrol in the village of Ezabad, Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Source: David Gilkey

The Army's Green Berets have gained a reputation over the decades for their toughness and fighting skills. They served with local forces in Vietnam, and in recent years, they've deployed repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of their deployments continues to grow: Niger. Somalia. Yemen. Syria and the Philippines.

Now a fight appears to be growing inside the Green Beret community.

An anonymous and scathing twelve-page letter that begins — "Our Regiment has a cancer, and it is destroying the SF (Special Forces) legacy, its capability and its credibility" — has gone viral over the past few weeks among active duty and retired soldiers.

It charges that

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