By Bernd Horn, Tony Balasevicius
Particular Operations Forces (SOF) have by no means been an imperative component to Canada's army potential. even though devices have existed periodically through the country's background, they've got constantly been within the shadows. even though, the terrorist assault within the usa on September eleven, 2001, replaced that. within the aftermath of Sep 11, SOF turned the strength of selection. Casting gentle at the Shadows comprises a chain of essays on SOF-related matters written by way of people with really good wisdom and services within the box. in addition to supplying an effective starting place for SOF thought, old historical past, and evolution, the publication additionally highlights ongoing advancements in SOF.
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Certainly, this has been the standard in the past. However, times have changed, and the future of SOF depends on its ability to adapt and think outside the box. Regardless, the road ahead is, as it has always been, a difficult one and for anyone engaged in selecting the SOF operators of the future it is nowhere they have not been before. 51 CASTING LIGHT ON THE SHADOWS NOTES 1. The other two are: Humans are more important than hardware and quality is more important than quantity. S. d. 2. S. Army Infantry Center: Infantry Senior Leader Newsletter, February 2003), 8-9.
15 In order to get an appropriate assessment, candidates were required to undergo three days of evaluation at the OSS's main assessment centre (Station S) located in Fairfax, Virginia. An assessment centre is a facility where the testing is done under the observation of staff responsible for the process. 17 In Fairfax, tests were developed so that each activity could assess a number of individual traits. For example: One of the many tests administered was a leaderless group situation called the "Brook Test" during which the candidates, in groups of six, would be taken to a shallow, quiet stream whose banks were eight feet apart On one bank was a heavy rock, on the other a log.
In the end, its all about the individuals and teams that ensure success. 30 SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES NOTES 1. William Walker, "Shadow Warriors — Elite Troops Hunt Terrorists in Afghanistan," Toronto Star, 20 October 2001, A4. 2. Aaron Bank, From OSS to Green Berets: The Birth of Special Forces (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1986), 167. 3. , 167. 4. W. Hackett, "The Employment of Special Forces," Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Vol. 97, No. 585 (February 1952), 28. 5. Colin S. Gray, Explorations in Strategy (London: Greenwood Press, 1996), 151.
Casting Light on the Shadows: Canadian Perspectives on Special Operations Forces by Bernd Horn, Tony Balasevicius