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About this item* FRENCH COMMANDO MARINE SPECIAL FORCES BERET BADGE * A must have Badge in your Special Forces collection, guaranteed original issue, made by CHOLET SA.
Unit History: France’s Naval Commandos (or Commandos Marine in French) are a unit of Special Forces. Candidates who wish to enter the modern Naval Commandos must be Fusiliers Marines with at least 9 months service. What they enter is widely regarded as one of the toughest courses in NATO Special Operations Forces.
Called Stage Commando, it entails one week of physical and mental testing, 6 weeks of preparatory training, 4 weeks evaluation, commando skills for 7 weeks, and 2 weeks paratrooper training. Any mistake made by the candidate may mean instant disqualification. Every effort is made to uncover strengths and weaknesses of each recruit. Some of the tasks they endure include heavy pack marches dozens of kilometers in length, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, counter-terrorism, explosives, navigation, special combat etiquette and waterborne combat strokes.
All of these take place with little rest between, and only two hours sleep per night are permitted. Recruits are awakened to the sound of grenade simulators, and little comfort is permitted by the instructors, who reward mistakes with gruelling physical exercises.
For those who complete the training, the reward is donning the Bérets verts (Green berets, of which the French nicknamed the commandos), and joining a small group of approximately 500 men to carry on the legacy of Phillipe Kieffer’s creation. For this, they will be assigned to one of six specialized commando units named after former officers killed in action:
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