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How I Became a Green Beret

February 16, 2011 | Major Kenrick Forrester

Maj. Forrester talks about why he decided to join special forces.


  • Leeza
    2/16/2011 5:55 PM
    From the mom of another Green Beret, thank you.
  • Yogi Patel
    5/26/2011 1:53 PM
    CPT Forrester, did you serve with A Co 1-187?
  • Calvin Shelstad
    10/27/2012 10:57 PM
    What was the experience like?What were the people like in SF and Ranger school?Do you have any advice for a 13 year old?Were the people ((Civilians)) over where you served supporting or rather uncooperative?What was the standard issue weapon given to infantry soldiers?Lastly, why did the Army switch to the ACUs when the DCUs are obviously better?
  • Kenrick Forrester
    10/29/2012 12:52 PM
    The people you meet in SF, Ranger, and in the Army are great people. You are surrounded by people who love what they do and like the challenges the Army provides. The advice I would give a 13 year old is work hard in school and follow your passions. If you join the service or choose to do something different you need to have at least a high school diploma or maybe even a college degree depending on what you choose to do. Figure out what you love to do and try to do that for a career. If you love what you do then getting up every day to go to work is always going to be more than a job. Most of the civilians I meet are good people. Most of the people just want to have a good life and the freedom to make their own decisions. The standard weapon is an M-4 but there are times you might have a different type of weapon such as an M-249 or M-240. I am not sure why we switched from DCUs but I like the DCUs better than ACUs. I do like Multi-cams better than both ACUs and DCUs. It was great to hear from you. Take care and good luck.
  • Kenrick Forrester
    10/29/2012 12:55 PM
    I just saw your post. We were in A Co 1-187 during the same time. Hopefully you are doing well.
  • Matt Diaz
    1/6/2013 10:01 PM
    Sir, what advice do you have for a young lieutenant that wants to go into special forces?
  • Kenrick Forrester
    1/9/2013 9:06 PM

    I would contact a recruiter from the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion and have him assist you in putting a packet together. We are looking for officers with the right aptitude to become Special Forces Officers. You will be assessed and selected on you prior performance, leadership ability, character, and potential to do well in our branch. So put your best effort forward and obtain your goal. Don’t “self-select” by not trying because that will definitely guarantee you will not become a Special Forces Officer.
  • Tyler Nguyen
    6/15/2013 6:59 AM
    Sir, I am currently a PFC Infantry. My desire is to become a Green Beret one day. I've been on training for the last 2 month now. Consistently running 5k and 10k march every week. I just feel like I'm not ready for it yet. Is there any advice could you give me to prepare for SF selection and assessment course? What is your motivation for being an SF? How do you know that your motivation was genuine or real? Since being an SF is a life style and commitment, then how do I need to live my life up to that expectation?
  • Kenrick Forrester
    7/4/2013 5:37 PM

    Don’t second guess yourself is the best advice I can give you. Prepare the best you can and give it your best shot throughout selection. We all have different motivations for joining SF. I would contact a SF recruiter and they can tell you what you need to do in order to prepare for selection. If you do everything they ask to the best of your ability then the motivation is real. The only expectation we have in the SF Regiment is that you do your best every day. Every day you need to work hard at being better than the day before.
  • A Moody
    8/2/2013 2:40 AM
    Remember to tell these kids how much SF initial training as well as career Infantry work can tear up a body. Be prepared, do your research and be physically fit prior to joining up to avoid life long orthopedic injuries. I mean triathalon type fit. Being Airborne is no joke, and it Will result in injury. Prepare your body for the type of work you will be doing.
  • Jonathon Smith
    8/11/2013 5:37 PM
    Sir, I will be enlisting at the end of this month. I have researched alot about the 75th Ranger Regiment, but i want to know, "What is the best path to the rangers." Is it better to go 11b and then airborne for more experience? Or to get the 40 contract and go start for it. I am over the minimum Army PT and I've been training for this for over a year now. I just want to know the best path to get to either.

    Thank you

  • pulkit shahi
    12/18/2013 2:27 PM
    Sir, what are the procedure that a civilian will need to go through for direct enlistment in the special forces ?..does the united states allow foreigners to serve in it's armed forces ? what are pre-requisites to be an officer ?
  • pulkit shahi
    12/18/2013 2:31 PM
    sir, what is the green beret attrition rate ? , and would you mind sharing your selection story ?
  • Richard
    2/11/2014 8:15 PM
    Sir, I am 19 years old and currently a 25u in the Army reserves. I will be going to college in the fall, while enrolled in ROTC. I worked everyday with the goal of becoming sf in my mind. my only worry is that the best a have won't be enough for the grueling selection process. What has helped you maintain that mental edge and confidence during your training? Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you have done.
  • Liam Brogan
    7/13/2014 1:11 PM
    Hi, I'm currently deciding to join the army, however not sure to go enlisted or officer. I've been told that its quicker to receive a chance at SF selection going the enlisted route than officer. I have a degree , I just wanted to know what your opinion would be and the best route to go?
  • Josh
    2/17/2015 9:20 PM
    Hello sir I was wondering if I was a west point graduate how could I become and officer and be in special forces?
  • SPC Smith
    3/20/2015 1:58 PM
    Hello there, I'm a SPC trying out for Selection. I'm 5'11 and 155 pounds. Do you have any recommendations as I try out for Selection. What can i expect? What are some good tips for Selection?!
  • Steven
    7/18/2015 6:00 PM
    Hello, I have always aspired to be a member of the SOF community. I just graduated high school and have become very dedicated to physical fitness, and have realy been keeping my self moraly, physicaly, and legally clean in an effort to achieve my goal of joining the SOF community after i graduate from university. I have been proactively persueing my dream and working very hard but it wasnt until lately that i came across a big aspect of the life that i want to have. Being a green beret was the goal i had in mind, but im not sure if that is the community that i end up persueing, because im not sure that i would like being ststioned at fort bragg or benning. I have always liked the ocean, and the marines snd navy have SOF units that are all stationed on the ocean and in states that i always loved the visit growing up. Though, on the other hand the green berets is the group that i have dreamed of joining ever since i learned exactly what they where in the 6th grade. I love the idea of FID, UW, and working with the indigenous behind enemy lines. It sounds like the most noble unit in the SOF community, but i hate the idea of being stationed at fort bragg. Could you give me some insight on what life as a green beret was like when you werent deployed and some of the different stations that you lived at while you wherent deployed. Thank you!
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  • Craig Prosser
    10/27/2015 8:26 PM
    Major Forrester! Good to see again sir. Everyone, Major Forrester (my LT) is one of the finest officers I ever served with. Listen to what he says and take it to heart. I served with him in Iraq and garrison and could not be more proud to call him friend and brother! Major, email me sometime. Its been to long.

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