- Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2009 06:14
19 May 2009
American Special Operations Forces are eager to receive tracking training, but very few attain any tracking skills that extend much beyond common experience. This reality translates into a profound and unnecessary weakness. An experienced Green Beret who spent years as an Army Ranger recently told me, “Getting our guys to tracking school is almost an act of congress.”
Royal Marine Craig Tucker is a believer. On his first tour of Afghanistan, he got launched into the air by a bomb that mostly failed. Marine Tucker, above, recently attended the British tracking school on Borneo Island. Marine Tucker gives a “thousand yard stare” while I click some photos, then we burst into laughter before beginning another day of training.
Please read the following emails about the tracking course in Brunei. The British military welcomes American forces to the school, but few attend.
Quick email from Borneo Island:
Quick email from Borneo Island II:
Veterans vs. Veterans
A Beautiful Track
The Swamp of Death
Days 14 & 15
Tracking School: Day 16