U.S. Army Delta Force

Delta in Panama, Operation Just Cause The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D) is one of two units in the United States Armed Forces assigned primarily to combat terrorism. The other is the Navy’s ‘Dev Group.’ Delta members are experts at counterinsurgency, small unit tactics, and various infiltration techniques.

Many of them come from Ranger battalions or Special Forces (Green Berets) groups. They are well seasoned, well conditioned and are some of the most experienced soldiers in the service. But as Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, said, “They are professional soldiers who hate the army.” They are very independent warriors who like working in small teams and are very resilient.

While the military acknowledges the existence of special mission units like Delta Force, it does not specify what they are called or their locations, staffing or organizational structure. Unofficially, Delta Force is considered one of the U.S. military’s elite special operations units, its members drawn from all branches. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, its formal name is 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta.

Delta Force was created by Army Col. Charles Beckwith in the late 1970s and based on the British Special Air Service counter terrorism unit. Its members are known as “operators” and divided into three squadrons. Details of the composition, strength, abilities and operations of Delta Force remain a closely guarded secret. But the unit is thought to be equipped with the most advanced weaponry and equipment the U.S. military has to offer. Unit members undergo an extensive selection and assessment process before joining the unit.

As an officer in 1st SFOD-D, you will have added opportunities to command at the CPT, MAJ, and LTC levels. You may also serve as an Operations Officer. After service with 1st SFOD-D there are a wide variety of staff positions available to you at DOD, JCS, DA, USASOC, US SOCOM, and other joint headquarters because of your training and experience. In addition, there are inter agency positions available to you as well.

The prerequisites for an officer are:

  • Male
  • Volunteer
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Pass a modified Class II Flight Physical
  • Airborne qualified or volunteer for airborne training
  • Pass a background security investigation and have at leasta secret clearance.
  • Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), FM 21-20,75points each event in the 22-26 age group, (55 pushups in two minutes,62situps in two minutes, and a 2 mile run in 15:06 or less), wearing yourunit PT uniform.
  • Minimum of two years active service remaining upon selectionto the unit.
  • Captain or Major (Branch Immaterial).
  • Advance Course graduate.
  • College graduate (BA or BS).
  • Minimum of 12 months successful command (as a Captain).
  • 1st SFOD-D conducts worldwide recruiting twice a year to process potential candidates for the Assessment and Selection Course. Processing for the March Course is from October through January. Processing for the September Course takes place April through July.
  • Assignments with 1st SFOD-D provide realistic training and experiences that are both personally and professionally rewarding.

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