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Think Like a Green Beret

Think Like a Green Beret: The PACE Plan

Think Like a Green Beret | The PACE Plan

PACE describes a methodology originally used to build a communication plan. For an ODA in a denied area, communication is the only way to get resupplied, and most importantly, extracted. The loss of all communications normally initiates theĀ escape-and-evasion plan. The no-comms plan universally sucks, and almost always means abandonment of the mission and unsupported escape […]

Think Like a Green Beret: Never Quit

One thing that all special units have in common is an aversion to quitting and quitters. The greatest sin, the one unforgivable error, is to quit, no matter what the obstacle. Only death can stop a truly determined man. You have to know that the man next to you will not break and run when […]

Think Like a Green Beret: Surrender

Think Like a Green Beret: Surrender

When I went to Ranger School, I memorized the Ranger Creed and learnedĀ  that “surrender is not a Ranger word.” I love that. As a student of military history, the Green Beret knows what happens after surrender.Ā  In Afghanistan, there were some very frank team-room discussions about capture. Short of being blown unconscious by an […]

Think Like a Green Beret: Be Your Own Drill Sergeant

Think Like a Green Beret: Be Your Own Drill Sgt

In 3,000 BC, a Sumerian drill sergeant was tasked with training a ragged platoon of illiterate teenagers to defend their homeland. When his new charges faltered, he gave a speech to motivate them. In the last 5,000 years, that same speech has been given millions of times in every human language. It goes something like […]

Think Like Green Beret: In Death Ground, Fight!

“In difficult ground, press on; On hemmed-in ground, use subterfuge; In death ground, fight” Ā – Chapter 11 of Sun Tzu‘s The Art of War For decades, Green Berets have been sent all over the world, often going into complex dangerous situations with host nation forces.Ā  The opportunities for disaster are obvious and frequent.Ā  How do […]