Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Navy SEALs and county clerks
This CRS report on U.S. special forces is chock-a-block full of interesting tidbits:
- There are 53,000 special forces personnel
- There are 26,000 Army special forces, including civil affairs and PsyOps units
- "The most frequently deployed [special forces] assets are civil affairs (CA) units, which provide experts in every area of civil government to help administer civilian affairs in the theater." -- who knew you could be an Army Ranger and assistant to the deputy superintendent for the zoning board?
- The Marines are developing a new special forces military training unit: Foreign Military Training Unit (FMTU).
- Due to the high number of special forces personnel moving to private security work, senior special forces servicemembers are eligible for retention bonuses of up to $150,000. The only catch is that they have to sign on for 6 more years.
- So far, special forces units are meeting or exceeding annual recruiting goals, but are still under staffed, because the private sectors pays much better.
All this is apropos of nothing. Just interesting nuggets from a CRS brief.