This book introduces readers to the elite special operations forces of each branch of the U.S. military. Historical information highlights the colonial scouts used during King Philip's War, Captain Robert Rogers' special forces during the French and Indian War, Colonel Thomas Knowlton, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, and Colonel Francis Marion's rangers and irregulars during the Revolutionary War, the Union and the Confederacy's rangers during the American Civil War, the Army Rangers formed during World War II, and the importance of special forces during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the wars against terrorism. Readers will learn about the varied but intense training required of the few who qualify to become special forces, including navigation, first aid, parachuting, and weapons training involving pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns, explosives, hand grenades, and even night vision goggles, and their continued emphasis on excellence. Other chapters cover individual groups, including specialties such as desert and mountain training of the Army Rangers, missions, duties, and requirements such as foreign language skills of the Green Berets, the history and secrecy behind Delta Force and their job preventing terrorism, the advanced weapons and combat training, underwater and hostage rescue missions, and history of the Navy SEALs, the amphibious actions and unique perspective of Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, and the close air support, search and rescue missions, and close work with Army Rangers and Navy SEALs of Air Force Special Operations. Full-color photographs, sidebars, fun facts, a graphic timeline, a glossary, and an index accompany this easy-to-read text.