“We have to work extra hard, because we in America are very ethnocentric--we think our culture is superior. Why's that? It's because we've got moon rocks, and nobody else has moon rocks.” p. 86
At the time of when this book was written (2007) The United States was at it’s most active point in the War on Terror. “The Surge” was just starting to happen and men and women were practically standing in line to get in on a piece of the action. The Green Berets would have to wait over two years to finally deploy.
The first section of training that is prescribed to these would be Green Berets is simply called “selection”. There is nothing learned here, just designed to weed out the weak and simple-minded. If you manage to pass the first phase of training. You still must be expected to perform at the peak of physical performance. Unlike any other sort of special operations training, the entirety of Special Forces selection requires you to use your mind to problem solve and work your way through real world situations.
After over a year of specialized training, whether it be medical, communications, or weapons specialist, you then must complete an extreme role play scenario called “Robin Sage”. They put 12 candidates into a team and their objective is to train and fight with a group of people to overthrow a common enemy. For over 3 months the team has to live in the woods, training, and fighting against a group of actors portraying the enemy. This is one of the most real world training exercises in the world.