By Bernd Horn, Tony Balasevicius

Exact Operations Forces (SOF) have by no means been an imperative component to Canada's army power. even though devices have existed periodically during the country's historical past, they've got consistently been within the shadows. despite the fact that, the terrorist assault within the usa on September eleven, 2001, replaced that. within the aftermath of 9-11, SOF grew to become the strength of selection. Casting gentle at the Shadows comprises a sequence of essays on SOF-related matters written through people with really expert wisdom and services within the box. in addition to delivering a high-quality origin for SOF conception, historic historical past, and evolution, the booklet additionally highlights ongoing advancements in SOF.

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24 The development of this approach not only saved money but, more important, provided the Americans with a number of other benefits. The flexibility of having a separate but sophisticated selection process allows SOF organizations to move the difficult physical and other high failure requirements up front. It also allows continuing 41 CASTING LIGHT ON THE SHADOWS research that links changing operational requirements to training and directly back to the selection process, and this lets units evolve the selection of their people relative to the changing requirements of operations.

See Eric Morris, Guerillas in Uniform (London: Hutchinson, 1989); and Churchill's Private Armies (London: Hutchinson, 1986). The same problem also plagued the Americans. The modern American Rangers were formed on 1 June 1942, only when General George C. Marshall, chief of staff, directed the creation of an American commando organization. S. Army. To this end he ordered the activation of the 1st Ranger Battalion on 19 June 1942, at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. 55 CASTING LIGHT ON THE SHADOWS 21.

21 This decision was based principally on the high attrition rates being experienced on the American Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). Failures were forcing the American SOF organization to pay the costs of moving the candidate to and from the training location. 22 SFAS allowed the centre to bring candidates to the process on temporary duty and if it was determined the candidate had potential to pass they were then posted to the SWCS. "The new temporary-duty program" explained Lieutenant-Colonel Marrs, "afforded Special Forces a cost-effective means of assessing a candidate's physical and mental abilities.

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