Troops with the United States Army Special Forces, widely known as the Green Berets, are some of the most elite servicemen in the armed forces. Their primary missions, including unconventional warfare, foreign defense, special reconnaissance and counter-terrorism, require the Green Berets to be some of the most highly equipped soldiers during any mission.
One expectation of the Green Berets is their ability to successfully conduct high-altitude jumps. A new video posted to YouTube shows a group of Green Berets practicing one of their jumps, and watching each of the soldiers leap from the speeding aircraft is quite the sight to behold.
The video features members of the 7th Special Forces Group Green Berets. The troops were conducting a high-altitude high-opening (HAHO) military parachute jump from a C-130H3 Hercules. The jump was part of training exercise Emerald Warrior.
Check out the Green Berets in action in the video below:
In the video, eight jumpers leap out of the back of the speeding aircraft one after the other. The paratroopers are taken by the wind as they attempt to balance themselves and seek out their landing spot.
Like the name suggests the HAHO exercise requires the paratroopers to open their chutes at a high altitude. Another jump type, a high-altitude low-opening mission (HALO), would require the men to open their shoots at a lower altitude after a significant free fall.
The aircraft, a Lockheed C-130H3 Hercules, has been a staple in the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal for more than half a century. It is currently the longest continuously produced military aircraft. More than 2500 of the different C-130 variants are deployed around the world.
According to the video’s description, “Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense’s only irregular warfare exercise, allowing joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for real world contingency operations.” The training exercise is held each year.
Emerald Warrior provides realistic and relevant pre-deployment training in order fully prepare Special Operations Forces, Conventional Force enablers, Partner Nations and Interagency elements. The drill environments consists of all aspects of live, virtual, and constructive training assets.