U.S. Army Special Forces interdict a target vehicle, after being air assaulted onto their objective, during the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 28, 2012. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Justin P. Morelli / Released)
I’ve been on a huge hiatus from this page, which I apologize for, but I’ve been working on myself and other things. During my absence, I had a friend run this account as a temporary admin and he made a stupid post about Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton, saying something along the lines of “Trump is a racist, that’s why I don’t give a fuck about those emails” (if you’re familiar with this controversy, you know what I’m talking about) and I chewed him out for it.
I personally don’t like Trump. He’s a bigot and doesn’t deserve to be president, however, I didn’t enjoy Hillary’s potential influence to win presidency either. She’s just as bad in a lot of ways. To those who saw the post my temporary admin made, I apologize. I understand it upset a few people and because of that, I decided to kick him out of his position and take over again.
On this date in U.S. Army SF history……09-July 1963: U.S. Army Green Berets began organizing and training tribesman in the Central Highlands of Vietnam into the Civilian Irregular Defense Group.
The CIDG program was devised by the CIA to counter expanding Viet Cong influence in South Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Beginning in the village of Buon Enao, small A Teams from the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets) moved into villages and set up Area Development Centers. Focusing on local defense and civic action, the Special Forces teams did the majority of the training. Villagers were trained and armed for village defense for two weeks, while localized Strike Forces would receive better training and weapons and served as a quick reaction force to react to Viet Cong attacks. The vast majority of the CIDG camps were initially manned by inhabitants of ethnic minority regions in the country (especially Montagnard), who disliked both the North and South Vietnamese and therefore quickly took to the American advisers. The program was widely successful, as once one village was pacified, it served as a training camp for other local villages.
By late 1963, the military felt that the program was a great success, but also that the CIDG units and Special Forces units were not being employed properly, and ordered Operation Switchback, which transferred control of the CIDG program from the CIA over to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. The CIDG Program was rapidly expanded, as the entire 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army Special Forces, moved into Vietnam, and the CIDG units stopped focusing on village defense and instead took part in more conventional operations, most notably border surveillance. Most of these were converted to Vietnam Army Ranger units in 1970.