Ever wonder what it takes to be a Delta Force soldier? Look no further than this training video which leaked nearly a decade ago. When experts weighed in on the harrowing scene that occurs 2 minutes and 13 seconds into the video we realized just how tough and smart these guys really have to be.
According to We Are The Mighty, this video is the only known publicly available footage that shows real Delta Force operators in action.
The video caused quite a stir when it was released in 2008 at the height of the Iraq war. It was quickly uploaded to YouTube and, according to We Are The Mighty: “Rumors around the video claimed it was put together by the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta to help recruit new members to ‘The Unit.’”
Set to AC/DC “Shoot to Thrill” this video lives up to it’s purpose.
But wait, there’s more…
Around 2 minutes and 13 seconds into the video, we see Delta Force operators storm into a house guns-‘a-blazin’ as they shoot at a dummy in a hostage rescue scenario. What you’ll also notice is that there is a real live man sitting in a chair acting as a hostage as the soldiers shoot at the dummy.
Guys, these are live rounds! This man could have been killed if it were not for the absolute expertise of these Delta Force operators.
Regarding that scenario, Task and Purpose wrote that, according to “Retired Delta Force operator Eric Haney’s ‘Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit,’ this is the ‘final exam’ of sorts: Each aspiring Delta takes turns playing the hostage while his comrades conduct a live-fire assault on the shooting house, a deadly interpretation of the civilian trust-fall.
“Pass, and it’s just another training day,” Haney wrote. “Screw up, shoot and kill a friend, and you fail.”
Of course, we get to see more than just a military-grade trust fall in this video. There are sniper attacks from helicopters, quick gun-drawing scenarios, and tactical driving.
See the footage below, and be sure to note the 2:13 mark:
Videos like this show just how deadly dangerous the Delta Force world is.
Americans should be grateful that there are men brave enough to do it for us.
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