Archive for: Special Forces

‘Ashley’s War’ Chronicles Women on the Special Ops Battlefield


By Mark Lee Greenblatt

People who like compelling, well-crafted tales of America’s soldiers in action will like Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s recently released book tells the story behind the first team of female soldiers to join American special operators on the battlefield. The key to this book, however, is not simply that they are strong females, but that they are strong soldiers.

That message appears in the very first pages of the book, where she follows two soldiers on their first mission. The “newbies,” as she calls them, are preparing to go on a dangerous operation with an aggressive, seasoned Ranger team to capture an insurgent leader deep in Afghanistan. Lemmon identifies the newbies as “Second Lieutenant White” and “Staff Sergeant Mason,” sharing only at the very end of the introduction that White and Mason are women. +Continue Reading

Definitive Guide to US Special Ops



You’ve heard about the men who come in the night, the badasses, the snake eaters. These are the rough and tumble soldiers who spill out of helicopters and kick in doors, neutralizing a high value target and egressing before locals get a clue. These are the gritty recon Marines who stalk through the underbrush before taking down a terrorist camp.

But special ops isn’t one thing; it’s a bunch of different things. Operators from different units conduct missions in very different ways.

Check out this handy WATM guide that covers the basics of special ops: +Continue Reading

5 Things You Don’t Know About Sniper Rifles

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American Sniper opens in movie theaters everywhere this Friday. Director Clint Eastwood delivers heart-stopping action in the Iraq battle scenes, but he’s just as interested in Chris Kyle’s marriage to wife Taya (played by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, respectively).

What you don’t get from the movie is a focused discussion and examination of a Navy SEAL sniper’s gear. We’ve got some details here in “5 Things You Don’t Know About: Sniper Rifles,” an exclusive video that breaks down the differences between the weapons and cartridges used by various branches of the military. The clip below is the first episode of 5 Things You Don’t Know About, a new Military​.com series produced in cooperation with Lou Reda Productions.   +Continue Reading

A Special Forces Classic Gets an Update

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Since its first publication in 1986, the SAS Survival Handbook has sold millions of copies and become a worldwide classic. Sort of a special forces version of a Boy Scout manual, the book was written by John “Lofty” Wiseman, who served in the British Special Air Service as Chief Survival Instructor at the SAS Training School in Hereford, England.  Brits well tell you that the SAS boys are tougher than Navy SEALS. While that may not be exactly true, it’s safe to agree that the SAS are one of the most elite fighting units in the world. +Continue Reading

‘Dual Survival’ Star Kicked Out of Special Forces Association

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As anyone associated with the military knows, lying about service is not something to be taken lightly. Veterans will immediately spot falsehoods and call them out. What may be even worse than a civilian faker is a former service member who lies about what he accomplished. Such may be the case with Joseph Teti, a former Marine and Army special operator. Most know him as one of the stars of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, a show about outdoor survival. However, to many veterans and former operators, Teti is a veteran who has dishonored the brotherhood. +Continue Reading

Reality is Overrated: ‘SEAL Team 8′


We get a lot of pitches around here that emphasize just how real the military action sequences are in Hollywood movies. Studios emphasize the badass credentials  of their military advisers and directors and actors rhapsodize about the thrill of creating action sequences that might pass muster with the guys who actually do it for a living. Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is not one of those movies. +Continue Reading

Jason Redman Talks ‘The Trident’


Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.

Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading

‘Return to Mogadishu’ 20 Years Later

Recently, U.S. Army Best Ranger Jeff Struecker returned to Somalia twenty years after he fought in the battle that inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down. It’s the first time a Ranger has returned to the scene and he took along fellow Army Ranger Keni Thomas and a film crew to record his experience.  +Continue Reading

‘Captain Phillips’ Stands Off Against Somali Pirates

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The 2009 capture of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates and the incredible rescue of Captain Richard Phillips by Navy SEALs has inspired Captain Phillips, a new movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass.
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‘One on One’ With Chris Ashworth

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Chris Ashworth is best known for his role as Sergei Malatov in the hit series The Wire. Although he enjoys a successful Hollywood career, he has not forgotten his humble Virginia roots where he learned to hold the military and its members in high regard; few have a more patriotic spirit than Ashworth. +Continue Reading