I'm a member of an elite european counter terrorist squad. Will be monitoring and answering questions.
1) what gun do you use?
2) ever shot in action?
3) if so, ever killed anyone?
4) when on call, how fast is your response time?
1. Depends on the situation. My weapon of choice is the HK417, but I often work with the MP5 and FN P90.
3 Yes, though not whilst active in my current role.
4. Depends on the location, we can be anywhere in the country within an hour usually.
We try to go as light as possible. Below 10kg for the fast lower threats. But it can go up to 30kg if more heavily armored.
Like I said, the HK417 is my weapon of choice.
We actually train with allied forced quite regularly. Each country and unit excels at something else.
I don't eat cornflakes very often I have to admit.
Just like any other person I reckon.
I wake up, shower, eat my breakfast. Go to work, come home, eat and sleep. Exercise is a part of daily routine though yes (often during work).
When I used to be in the operational special forces 45kg would be frequent yes. But in my current role my operations rarely last longer than a couple of hours, hence the heaviest part of the gear is often heavy armor. Usually my operations occur with no more weight than my weapon, kit and vest.
My unit only operates within our country borders. With previous units I have been deployed to the middle east, africa and asia.
The reason ISIS isn't defeated yet (as a military force) is merely political apathy from most nations not willing to get their hands dirty. The ideology is almost impossible to eradicate at this point.
How often are you called in the middle of the night?
Were you ever tasked to intimidate/arrest mobsters?
Did you ever hold a gun on their children's head?
Can you ID people in team with you when you have late night calls(we don't communicate with anyone other than team lead in these situations)?
Did you ever question anyone in the field and if you did what's your favorite technique?
First of all: groot respect! dankje voor het veilighouden van NL
>Does your family know about your occupation?
>How does one join the special forces
>Are you traumatized in anyway
>Fuck isis right in the pussy?!
1: What's a more satisfying feeling, beating the bad guys or saving lives?
2: Does having a high risk job create much stress in personal relationships?
3: How long have you been in active service, can you see yourself doing this until retirement?
I very rarely get called at night. During my time with the unit (just over a year now) it has only happened twice.
I personally have never been involved in the arrest of mobsters, my unit has been in the past. Though never any form of intimidation.
I have been in situations where children unfortunately have witnessed heavy violence, and during some raids I have had them in my sights, but never more than a second to identify them as a target or not.
I have no knowledge of who else is in my team during a call, I only speak to the commander. Though it's a very limited pool of personnel.
We practice enough to ensure everything is streamlined to perfection. In split second decisions we are all trained to make similar choices. With different personalities of course I might disagree at times, this can be brought up in the debrief and will be handled in the post-op process.
Geen dank, ik draag gewoon mijn steentje bij.
My family is aware of my profession yes.
One applies directly as a civilian or from within the military. From within the military itself you can get selected for the more specialized units.
I do not feel permanently damaged by any of my experiences no. We each cope in our own way.
Haven't kept track (more than often you just can't verify a kill). At least 50+
I'll stick to my wife, thanks.
The latter. Taking a life is always the last thing I want to do.
It's alright. It was worse when I would be gone from home for months at a time.
I have been in active service for 10 years now. And no I will not be working in the military much longer.
Don't you think the freedom of Europe lies more with NOT SPYING on us, rather than trying to portray a terrorist threat which doesn't exist?
You and your kind should be consigned to the footnotes of history.
I don't care how I receive the intel that leads me to a threat. As long as the information is reliable I'll take it and use it to my advantage.
There is plenty of privacy in any way. Even if governments would scan emails I couldn't care less how you are obsessed with brazilian fart porn and have membership to 5 websites that feed your fetish.
If done properly and only the important things (extremism, pedophilia etc) gets filtered and ends up at the desks of intelligence agencies you have nothing to worry about.
Paranoia goes a long way doesn't it? Unless the government considers you a possible threat, you are not spied upon, trust me.
We can stand our ground against comparable counter terrorist groups from other western nations.
Portugal have one of the best counter terrorist squads, google GOE they actually teached Israel counter terrorist forces
here's GOE headshooting a fucking Brazilian in the head when he tried to rob a bank, rot in hell you fucking piece of shit (yes he's dead, both hostages were safe)
GCHQ monitor all UK comms.... but they ments cannot pre-predict action.
Governments see all and hear all but are deaf and blind to what is in front of them.
All the technology overload will cripple information gathering.
Watching the UK Government...... day in, day out.
Unfortunately not. As I believe a pedophile destablizes a society just as much as an extremist . Though both are not intend on the destruction unlike some terrorist groups.
Free speech is still very much alive in my opinion. And the right to utter and complete privacy is impossible in our society. If you fucked your wife yesterday and she moaned a bit loud, the neighbors probably heard, there goes your privacy already. Feel free to move to a remote jungle or an uninhabited island if you really wish to have a private life.
A persons freedom is absolute. Don't stick your EU nose into UK property.
Saying you lost WW2........ how can you preach to the UK on elite european CT?
The terrorists are always 2 steps ahead of you.
The problem is indeed that you can't pre-predict action. Monitoring a person doesn't guarantee you will catch him before he breaks a law (which he needs to do before we can intervene). At the same time you can monitor a person for years without them ever breaking the law.
But thanks to the information, we are often looking at the right direction and can intervene when we do see something. That's better than nothing.
I'm English, white, balding and couldn't give a toss about world affairs. Just educated and learned, and I think the power of the West will be shifted to the Far East in next 20 years, and there is fuck shit America and the West can do about it.
Because you're asking me political questions I can't answer.
If you want my personal opinion on privacy: You don't need it, and if you don't have anything to hide you wouldn't care about it. As long as the data is used for your protection (and not commercial) I'm all for as much spying as possible.
This is a personal opinion however, and I will not discuss it any further.
Very hypothetical. I assume yes.
And how is this related in any way to this thread? I think you make valid points, and I too believe that the global economic (and thus political power) will shit further to the east. But I'm not here to debate political agendas or powerhouses. Just answering questions people might have for me about my work.
Those would prove a nightmare to catch I agree. But I don't fear it no. In order to gather the materials needed to crate a capable bio-hazard device for a large-scale attack would be very close to impossible without showing up on our radar.
(sorry forgot to quote you earlier)
Op can you post a detailed routine of your training, and how often do you get re-examined (phisical, etc) for continuing service in your unit ?
thanks and respect
Biggest fear Western Governments have is a dirty bio-hazard attack by a lone wolf. Water Supply contamination is impossible to counteract.
Food, Energy and Resources will cause next World War.
are you prepared for a counter specialist force attack? what are you not prepared for
I would, but I honestly can't be arsed to write that all down here. I feel like crossfit is quite similar to what I do though, but I add a lot more cardio.
We have routine physical tests every 3 months, and sometimes they will include a random one.
For me it went quite smooth. I was asked to join after spending 8 years in the special forces. Not much adjustment needed.Getting into the special forces was harder.
I wasn't in the military yet when 9/11 occurred.
We are prepared for any scenario we could think of. This also answers your second questions.
no pb thx for your answer.
holy hell every 3 months. is that standard time for every elite units in military forces ?
also would like to know what are the physical minimum requirements to be even considered in elite squads, like height weight sight, shooting precision and shit
thanks a lot op
based on your experience, would you say that powerful people would encourage an terrorist attack to their own country and use it as an excuse for...let's say, invade other country?. (I'm sorry for my fucking english, anon).
Do you work for NATO?. Why the western government and rich people are given privacy, but not the rest?.
Also, not even political, but all terrorist activities are done by the CIA and NATO to further geopolitical objectives.
Ambushed and way outnumbered in Afghanistan. No air support for the longest time, and close to zero on ammo. That was a fight I was happy to walk out of alive.
I am trained to work with any weapon I can find in the field, so yes I have worked with an AK.
I don't know how well the modern games are, as I haven't really played them in some while now. But I used to play America's Army and I knew how to operate the M15 variants very basically prior to ever holding one through that.
I don't know the standard for each country and unit. But failing a test doesn't mean you will get kicked out, it just means you've been slacking and need to get your ass in gear.
Height is no shorter than 1,75 (5"7), No weight req, but considerable mass will be required to cope physically. Sight has to be 20/20, no colorblindness or glasses allowed. And you need to be able to hit your target obviously.
I prefer the 9mm, for stopping power I'll have my main weapon.
We carry either the Glock 17 or Glock 26.
No, I think thats something only conspiracy theorists will actually believe.
My country is part of NATO, and I have operated under the NATO flag in the past yes. Currently I only work domestically though.
Both. We do preventive action as well as direct action when needed.
I'm paid well above standard military pay grades in standard units. You can look up NATO paygrades relatively easy to make a rough estimation.
Nope, I'm a lucky guy.
I think it's standard all active military units get tested relatively often (though rank does give more leniency, I doubt most captains in regular outfits will meet demands). Shooting is based on time and score yes. I don't know what the exact scores are, but I assume it has to be over 95% yes.
Are you a member of the KSK or GSG9? If not, what so you think of them?
We have our own internal training program. No clue if that is a specific style. I heard it incorporates quite a bit of krav maga
The internet makes it easier for people to get in touch with wrong ideas. It also makes tracking people easier at an early stage (until they learn to stay off the internet). Someone who doesn't use technology gets tracked in old ways. Informants, questioning of suspects, following them. But often these people are ghosts (See how Bin Laden managed to stay off the radar).
We are recruiting right now. Look up your local recruiter.
We hear rumours all the time. And we love to create rumours ourselves as well (internally).
Actually, they are all terrorists, their activities abroad produce more terrorism by indiscriminately killing a lot of people, and the terrorist ideology (wahhabism) is made by Saudi Arabia and the CIA (the gov. creates their propaganda and recruits the terrorists).
So the army is part of the terrorism cycle for instability on those countries and stelling their resources, and getting your tax money for the weapons industry and the military.
I have on several occasions. Just the regular Special Forces groups though. No Delta Squad or SEALs.
4 confirmed kills during a compound raid.
If any major power takes it that far no party will be able to stop the other from doing massive damage, it will be annihilation on both sides though.
Flanders of course ;)
Nope. I have the utmost respect for anyone working in this line of work. We get along very well with our German colleagues.
Not going to happen.
Interesting food for thought. Though I doubt any jihadist that wants to destroy our way of life will ever be comparable to freedom fighters.
Impossible to do. Each unit has their own specialty and will excel at something different. Personally I'm always very impressed of the Norwegians.
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