Latest Special forces News

Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny

Oct. 13, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It's after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way. The overnight land navigation test is just one hurdle in the grueling, monthslong course to...

Senate confirms former Ranger as new Army secretary

Sep. 27, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Ryan McCarthy to be secretary of the Army, moving to permanently fill a number of Pentagon posts that were affected by the defense secretary shuffle over the summer. McCarthy, a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, has been acting...

2 fired SEAL leaders say Navy is making them scapegoats

Sep. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two senior leaders of a Navy SEAL team who were fired in a highly unusual move say they are being made scapegoats amid a series of high-profile misconduct cases that have put pressure on the maritime branch to bring its elite commandos in line. SEAL Team Seven's commanding officer, Cmdr....

Navy dismisses SEAL team leaders, cites discipline failures

Sep. 6, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a highly unusual move, three senior leaders of a SEAL team were dismissed Friday due to a loss of confidence in their leadership skills only weeks after a unit in Iraq was sent home accused of sexual assault and the platoon chief of another unit was convicted for posing with a casualty....

Yemen President urges end of UAE strikes, fears secession

Aug. 29, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president urged Saudi Arabia on Thursday to rein in the United Arab Emirates after warplanes from his former ally staged airstrikes on Yemeni government troops, killing and wounding dozens as they headed to retake the key southern port city of Aden from separatists backed by the...