the green berets

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The Green Berets are a Special Forces division of the United States Army. Major Herbert Brucker, a veteran Special Forces Officer, originally designated wearing the green beret in 1953. They wore it in the field for prolonged exercises. It soon spread throughout all Special Forces even though the Army refused to authorize its official use. When President Kennedy planned a visit to Fort Brag in 1961, he officially requested that all the Special Services Forces at this special event wear their berets. President Kennedy felt that since they had a special mission they needed something to set them apart from the rest. General Yarborough wore his green beret to meet the Commander in Chief. President Kennedy remarked that he was sure that the green beret would be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead. In 1962, President called the Green Beret "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.  The Department of the Army was later authorized to use the beret as part of the Special Forces uniform.

Each branch of the United States Military has its own Special Operations Force. The U.S. Army has the Special Forces nicknamed the Green Berets. The

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