Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
I wouldn't pass psychological testing for special forces? I think our definitions of special forces are a bit different. Perhaps you're thinking
too much about elite forces, wheras I'm quite aware that special forces require a psychological profile quite unlike regular people. They also tend
to have abilities quite unlike regular people too, such as extra sensory perception, intensified reflexive abilities and advanced weapon skills.
Could be that your perceptions of "Special Forces" are different. In the US, Special Operations troopers ARE the elite forces. No difference between
the two concepts here. I recall reading in "the Great Soviet Encyclopedia" before the Soviet collapse that they considered rocket troops and
chemical troops to be "Special Forces", and that all of the US "Special Forces" were a gaggle of cutthroat mercenaries.
I giggled when I read that. They were of course talking about the guys in green beanies, and I knew without a doubt that those in the military didn't
qualify as "mercenaries", since neither their motivations nor profit potential matched the profile.
But yeah, I can see how the US concept of "Special Forces" might not translate well to folks in other countries.
I wouldn't worry about the psych testing - I doubt I'd pass either, since I'm just a loon.
Come to think of it, some of the SF troopers I've
known tended towards the looney, too. Maybe it goes with the turf. I knew a guy in the 19th SFG, and you wouldn't believe what he kept stashed inside
his binoculars as a reminder on deployments...
Now, for this part:
They also tend to have abilities quite unlike regular people too, such as extra sensory perception, intensified reflexive abilities and advanced
I'm not, nor have I ever been, SF, but I still feel a bit qualified to speak to that. True enough, there's a certain something
there in the
way of an early-warning system, but I never thought of it as "ESP". I always figured it to be the normal sense picking up on things below the
threshold of conscious perception - normal senses, not "extra-sensory", but reacting to stimuli you didn't notice on a conscious level. I've got
it - always have had it - but I still can't read minds or any of that "magic" junk usually associated with the term "ESP". It's just a hyper
sensitivity of normal senses, nothing more.
Hyper reflexes are a given. "The quick and the dead", and all that. Folks who don't have them gravitate towards other fields, or don't make it
long in that one. It's again nothing superhuman nor abnormal, just on the higher end of the range of human reflexes.
Advanced weapon skills are taught
, not inborn. The reflexes and hyper-sensitivity may assist, but the skills are not inherent - they're
That would be after