Stop issuance of the Green Beret to the U.S. Army 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

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The United States Army has designed and trained a new "specialized" unit known as the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade who's core mission is to advise and assist the training of foreign partner military forces in counter-terrorism and host nation security operations. 

The U.S. tax payers spent millions of dollars for the U.S. Army to develop this new unit and capabilities. The problem is, this mission and a unit designed to conduct these mission already exists. 

They are known as the elite U.S. Army Special Forces, or "The Green Berets"

The 1st SFAB command has stolen our heritage by co-opting the legendary "Recondo" patch from our Vietnam era Green Berets, stolen the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group's unofficial name of "The Legion" and made as their own. 

And above all the United States Army along with the Department of Defense have decided that the 1st SFAB will be issued the hunter green headgear of the elite Green Berets who have earned the right to wear this headgear through their own personal blood, sweat, and tears. 

This petition was created to demand that the United States Special Operations Command along with the Department of Defense cease all issuance of the green beret to any and all non-Special Forces qualified persons. 

This petition also demands the 1st SFAB cease all usage of Green Beret unit history and heritage as their own, such as the use of the term "Legion" along with the usage of the arrowhead unit patch and the OSS dagger likeness as well. 

The wearing of the Green Beret is a symbol of commitment and sacrifice to the men who challenged themselves to be the best of the best in the U.S. Army Special Forces. This honor is earned, never issued. 

I'll close with a passage from Barry Sadler's Ballad of the Green Berets: 

"Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live off nature's land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the Green Berets

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret."



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