There are many different divisions of the United States military.Some of these divisions are special forces units, these are units that have special training in certain areas of combat.A few of these Special Forces are, the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets, Air Commandos andMarine Corps Snipers.These divisions had a significantimpact throughout the Vietnam War, because of the special training they went through. These men were a vital part of the U.S.war effort in Vietnam.
The Green Berets were thefirst of the United States Military Special Forces to be sent into Vietnam. In 1953, the Green Berets were started by a lieutenant in the Army, but they were not officially recognized. In 1961, President John F. Kennedyvisited Fort Bragg and finally made the Green Berets anofficial organization. He felt that since they were going in on special missions then they should be set apart from the normal soldiers of the United States Army. He felt he needed to create thisgroup because the free world faced, "another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origins-war by guerilla, subversives, insurgents, assassins; war by ambush instead of combat; by infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy instead of engaging him…" (Young 76). When Kennedy realized that the Vietnamese were fighting in such a manner, he decided to form a group of Special Forces that would learn these fighting tactics and counterthe efforts of the Vietnamese. Kennedy wanted the army to restructure their forces to meet the so-called challenge that the Vietnamese presented them with. He authorized a large increase in the Special Forces unit of the Military, and when this occurred the United States Green Berets were formed.
The United States Green Berets were trained in the area of counterinsurgency measures. They were taught about hand-to-hand combat, and guerilla tactics. The North Vietnamese w…