A course of Special Forces military training exercises is going to start taking place in 21 North Carolina counties as of August 30. The Army announced this to the public, urging them not to be alarmed at the possible suspicious-looking activity.
This warfare training is considered unconventional due to its live-action role-playing tactics that are used to simulate hostile interactions. This training is known as Robin Sage training and engages the Special forces students, soldiers, and even volunteer civilians. The proposed training is expected to last about two weeks from August 30 through September 12 and is located out of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg
By interacting with more experienced soldiers, the hope is the students will gain diverse experience. The soldiers will act as realistic enemies for the use of opposing forces.
The students will counter abilities with more experienced soldiers, who will “act as realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters,” officials said in a release.
The public has been made aware in hopes to create a safe environment for this exercise to occur. In 2002, a county deputy accidentally misidentified the occurring practices as criminal activity. In turn, one soldier was unfortunately killed, and another was wounded.
Other safety measures, such as clothing and increased briefing procedures, have been put in place.
This military training exercise has been known to create confusion and frenzies due to the nature of such events. In 1997, A related Fort Bragg military exercise in Charlotte, North Carolina, created hysteria when 100 commandos attacked a warehouse as part of a drill. Gunfire, bomb simulations, and helicopter assaults were all part of the scenario that took place.
“Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares,” was made in a statement from Fort Bragg. “Candidates are placed in an environment of political instability characterized by armed conflict, forcing Soldiers to analyze and solve problems to meet the challenges of this real-world training.”
The 21 counties that have been confirmed by officials include Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Union and Wake counties.
Some of these counties are densely populated, and officials and law enforcement have been notified.
In order to graduate and receive their first assignments, the students must attend and complete the exercise. This comes as a pinnacle of a yearlong process for the students training to become Special Forces soldiers.
The United States Army Special Forces, which are also known as the Green Berets, are a specialized operations force in the United States Army sector. They are made to expand on nine doctrinal missions that include: unconventional warfare, foreign internal resistance and defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, distinct reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information intel, and other focused groups.
The main goal and purpose for the Army Special Forces are to prepare and lead unconventional warfare forces. However, this is not all they do and are occasionally involved in raids, peace actions, drug-related operations, and other strategic missions.
One of the main targets is building relationships with indigenous forces. A large portion of the missions focus around that and make cross-cultural communications an essential aspect.
Special Forces team members usually develop strong bonds due to the amount of time they train and deploy together. Often they are on isolated missions, so team comradery is a trademark for this group.
The relationships between team members are not the only relationship component, however. Building rapport with guerrillas in Robin Sage is one of the top requirements for the students to pass. The guerrillas must distrust the students until they prove themselves loyal and acceptable to be given confidence in their relationships.
When it starts next week, the students will engage in a fictitious country named Pineland. This will take place mostly on private land, but public areas may be utilized. It often takes more than a year to get to this point of entering this assignment. The students who are in the last phase take part in the Pineland experience. The scenarios presented to the students are set up to mimic real-world situations.
The training name of Robin Sage was initiated from the town of Robbins located in North Carolina. This is a central location for the exercise to take place for the time being.
The training can be seen as exceptionally tough and demanding. This is because the world is complicated, and the scenarios brought about in this training need to encompass what could and probably will happen.
One big difference that the training provides that may not fit in a real-world scenario is time. Often, Special Forces members can be in remote locations for very long periods. Due to obvious time constraints, these pieces of training often speed things up.
The Army requires a lot, and the pressure can be immense for some. A 1st Special Forces Group soldier, Staff Sgt. Michael Mantenuto was known as a Special Forces self-help guru. After battling a dug and alcohol addiction for years, Mantenuto took his own life. This spurred more attention towards the possible need for more mental health professionals not only inside the Army but also outside when the soldiers return to civilian life.
Many critics claimed that Mantenuto showed many red flags with his behavior, and the Army leaders failed to recognize. This lead to more attention to getting mental health programs into these groups and making the resources more readily available.
This elaborate exercise has drawn both criticism and support from residents in the areas affected by the missions. Some express that it creates a level of danger for innocent civilians and should not take place. Other criticisms include that the disruption of everyday life and excessive noise levels.
On the other side, some say they recognize the need and importance of such training. Some believe that this allows for the brave students who will be potentially putting their lives on the line in the future, deserve to be given the ability to receive this training. They suggest that the noise and other inconveniences are a minor sacrifice compared to what our soldiers do for us.