These elite soldiers are hand selected from the top ranks of the Green Berets and Ranger battalions to “try out” and make the cut.
Only a select few continue on to make it into the top tier of Special Forces and go on to defeat our nations enemies.
Delta Force team members are usually in their mid-30s, and have prior combat experience. They are hand selected from the ranks of Special Forces, Rangers and the 82nd Airborne.
Dale Comstock states that “Delta Operators are selected because of their mental acuity, above average IQ scores, flexibility, adaptability, and fitness. They are not necessarily shaped like body builders nor do they look marathon runners. They tend to be a good mix of both. Their focus is on functional fitness or as some would say tactical fitness.”
Question: What is a good book I can read about Delta Forces and learn more about its history?
The book Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military’s Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit is very good and gives you an inside look written by Delta Force founder.
The training course is grueling with land navigation, long ruck marches and continued stress under pressure conditions.
Question: Are there any recent books about Delta Force that i can read more?
Check out the book The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander.
This book gets good reviews on Amazon.com and it an all around good read on Delta.
How does Delta Force train?
Dale Comstock: So what are some of the training exercises that an Operator would engage in to develop his fitness? Because weights and gym equipment were usually not available on deployments, nor were they solely needed for our physical fitness programs.
Operators would often focus on functional fitness centered on plyometric exercises, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, rucksack marches/ruck-runs, obstacle courses, distance and interval running, and of course weight training when available and Isometric exercise such as pushing or pulling exercises where the length of the recruited muscles do not change and remain on under tension for extended periods until muscle fatigue sets in.
Question: I heard that Delta Force was chasing Bin Laden in the early stage of the Afghan war and almost caught him. Where can I read more about that?
This book gives a detailed account of the hunt to find Bin Laden.
Delta Force Training with Dale Comstock