As the need for formal “boots on ground” troops has declined the need for more special operations troops has increased.

An anonymous whistle blower claims the pressure to grow these forces has led to the elite Army Special Forces “Green Berets” to back the “political agendas.” A 6,300-word email message claims the Army’s Special Warfare Center and School, which trains Green Berets, has senior officers and enlisted leaders who have lowered training standards to advance their own careers.

The whistle blower and author of the email is identified only as “A concerned Green Beret.”

His or her accusations are sure to send shock waves through the Special Forces community as it implies there are undeserving soldiers who are currently apart of elite Green Beret teams.

The commanding general of the Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg defended the training standards and the process in which Green Berets are selected.  He said he stands firmly behind the “quality of every soldier we are sending to the operational force,” in a statement delivered to “men and women” of the Special Warfare Center and School, according to Richard Lardner of the Associated Press.

However, he did say that some things addressed in the email “warrant further evaluation.”  He was not specific about what actions are being taken in response to the email but did state an evaluation is being done through “formal inquiries and a number of existing institutional forums.”

Sonntag defended the school, stating its graduates “are well-trained, physically fit, and ready to join their teams from day one.”  The whistle blower’s accuses leaders of “moral cowardice” for giving into the political pressure of lowering the standard to ensure women will be able to pass the course. The whistle blower stated that women should be outraged as much as anyone.

“The cruelty of the situation is that any woman with the fortitude to attempt this training would most definitely have wanted the standards to remain the same,” according to the message. “It is a point of pride to know you are every bit as capable as the best of the best, if you can do it. But they have been robbed of the ability to earn that achievement.”

The school is accused of easing the rigorous qualification course “Q course” to the point where candidates are practically assured of graduation once they’re selected to go through the yearlong program.

“After passing a 19-ish day selection process, there are no physical barriers to earning the coveted Green Beret,” according to the message. “These all were standards for EVERY Green Beret in modern history prior to this month. To say that standards have not been eliminated would be laughable, were it not so tragic.”

The Associated Press believes the “concerned green beret” is either an instructor or was one recently because a number of candidates names were listed in the email. Finding out who sent the email is unlikely as they used ProtonMail, a secure service based in Switzerland that assures users their data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.

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