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The Green Beret Quiz
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They are some of the smartest and toughest people in the United States military. How much do know about the legendary Green Berets?

What's the official name for the Green Berets?

  • United States Army Delta Squad
  • United States Army Special Forces
  • United States Army Rangers

How many soldiers typically make up a Green Beret operational team?

  • eight
  • 12
  • 15

Which of the following is NOT one of the five primary missions of the Green Berets?

  • counter-terrorism
  • hostage rescue
  • unconventional warfare

A team of Special Forces soldiers is called what?

  • Ready Assault Unit
  • Operational Detachment Alphas
  • Active Duty Unit

A Special Forces soldier that understands surveying, demolition and construction likely has what job title?

  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
  • Special Forces Officer

In what year were the Special Forces established?

  • 1945
  • 1952
  • 1961

What is the motto of the Green Berets?

  • "To Free the Oppressed"
  • "To Bravery, to Arms"
  • "To Sit in This Snake-Infested Swamp For Three Days Straight Waiting for One Moment to Capture a Cruel Warlord"

Why are Special Forces members allowed to grow beards when most military men must be clean-shaven?

  • Beards help them defeat facial recognition software.
  • To help them blend in with the natives
  • They are the hippies of the military.

What is the average age of a Special Forces officer?

  • 28
  • 34
  • 38

What symbols are featured on the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Special Forces?

  • sword and lightning bolts
  • fist and dove
  • scythe and scales of justice

How many different languages are taught at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School?

  • 35
  • 85
  • 130

How long must a Special Forces soldier attend a language course, at minimum?

  • 18 weeks
  • 32 weeks
  • 52 weeks

How many years of conventional military training do Special Ops soldiers generally have before being recruited as Green Berets?

  • three
  • four
  • eight

About how many soldiers serve in the U.S. Special Forces?

  • roughly 7,000
  • roughly 10,000
  • roughly 16,000

How many phases make up the Special Forces Qualification Course, or "Q-School?"

  • three
  • six
  • eight

What is the People's Republic of Pineland?

  • a training region in North Carolina
  • a machine gun training facility in rural Georgia
  • a tiny country overthrown by a Special Ops team in 1982.

What is Robin Sage?

  • a bird that makes its home on the forested areas of Fort Bragg, home of the Green Berets.
  • a final training exercise for soldiers who want to earn Green Berets.
  • a training facility named after one of the first Green Berets to die in combat.

What is NOT a nickname for the Special Forces?

  • Unknown Fighters
  • Soldier-Diplomats
  • Snake Eaters

How many medical sergeants are included in each Green Beret team?

  • one
  • two
  • three

When are Green Berets first allowed to don their famous hats?

  • after they graduate
  • after their first mission
  • after their first kills

What does SERE training teach Special Ops soldiers?

  • how to survive and escape from enemies
  • how to fix equipment that fails during missions behind enemy lines
  • specialized infiltration techniques

Which U.S. president officially allowed berets to become a part of the Special Forces' uniforms?

  • President Reagan
  • President Kennedy
  • President Eisenhower

Why do the green berets of the Special Forces have black flashes on the border?

  • in honor of President Kennedy
  • in remembrance of men lost in Vietnam
  • it's a symbol of loyalty to country

Green Berets are allowed to wear their trademark hats for the rest of their lives.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

If a Special Ops team member completes MFF training he or she is particularly qualified for what?

  • munitions logistics
  • parachute missions
  • mountainous operations

What was Project "Green Light?"

  • Special Forces trained to work in tandem with the CIA and FBI
  • Special Forces trained to capture Communist leaders
  • Special Forces trained to blow up structures with nuclear bombs.

If your Military Occupation Specialty is 18B, what role do you have in Special Forces?

  • Weapons Sergeant
  • Medical Sergeant
  • Intelligence Sergeant

Special Forces medics are NOT trained to perform what medical duties?

  • eye surgery
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine

Why are Special Operations medics trained to deal with animal medicine?

  • to assist locals who rely on livestock
  • to help them maintain their own source of food on long-term field missions
  • to train and assist canine units used in direct action

When the Green Berets invaded Afghanistan in 2001, what did they borrow from the Northern Alliance?

  • gas masks
  • AK-47s
  • mules