How do American special forces look like?

Today my ROTC instructor (active AF) mentioned that while he was stationed in Cyprus he got to hang our with special forces guys ( SEALs, Green Berets) and he said most of them were muscled out, covered in tatoos, and they had bushy heads of hair. h said its so that they don't look military at all. Is this true?

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  • 7 years ago

    "Special Forces" specifically refers to what you apparently know as the "Green Berets" - though SF is their real name.

    Tattoos are pretty common everywhere in the military, and most guys that have spent any significant time in a combat arms unit or a POG unit that pretends not to be are going to be pretty muscular.

    The situation was a bit different in Iraq, but in A-stan, the beards have nothing to do with blending in with the locals at least in the sense most people think of; it's a cultural thing- facial hair = status symbol. Things like that are especially important in SF's line of work. Frankly speaking, since most Afghans living in the areas that our forces are active in are living in small communities that they've been part of literally their entire lives, there's no way in hell that they'd be fooled even by an Afghan from another village walking into town let alone SSgt Beardsley the Viking.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The sad part is that is probably the highlight of the Air Force guys career

    @Lana..yeah..because the locals in A-stan are all 6'1, wear cutoff Oklahoma Sooners T-shirts, 5-11 trousers, Oakley Sunglasses, backwards ball caps and have big a$$ blonde or auburn beards and carry M-4s with every attachment known to man on it. You're right. They blend in marvelously.

  • 7 years ago

    There is no "look." But if you wanted to operate Afghanistan, It helps to look like a local.

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  • 7 years ago

    they are secret so that may or may not be true. but you can bet your a$$ that they are muscled out.

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