Pentagon plan seeks increase in special forces: As someone who has actually tried out for Special Forces, my opinion varies on this issue. On the one side, I am all for the increase of special operations troops, as it would make it easier for people like me to get in (i.e. those who are physically and mentally fit, but can't navigate their way out of a local Wal Mart). The other side is that Special Forces are just that; Special. They are that way because of a certain standard, and if that standard changes, it alters the dynamic of the unit itself.
Is there a way to increase the number of Special Forces without changing the standard? Sure, but it would, in my opinion, involve a complete restructuring of the Army's pay scale. Granted, I think this is something that should be done anyway. After all, why should a first lieutenant who drives a supply desk make more than a Staff Sergeant who is Special Forces qualified, gathering intelligence at the most dangerous levels all while running a company of Iraqi dissidents in combat operations? Seems silly, doesn't it? Yet, that's the way it works. If the Army wants more of these guys, pay them what they are worth. And then give them motorcycles that shoot rockets. Yeah.