News – US and Jordanian SOF Go Subterranean – DVIDS

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Photo By Sgt. Justin Stannard | Tactical vehicles armed with members of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the Jordanian 101st Special Forces Unit advance toward their target during Joint Combined Exchange Training near Amman, Jordan, June 2021. JCETs allow U.S. SOF to improve and share their military tactics and skills in new settings while increasing bilateral relations and meeting common security challenges within the U.S. Central Command’s area of operations. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Stannard, Area Support Group – Jordan)  see less | View Image Page
AMMAN, JORDAN — 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) green berets trained side-by-side with Jordanian 101st Special Forces, as part of a Joint Combined Exchange Training in June 2021.

Combined training allows U.S. Special Operations Forces and partner nations SOF the opportunity to enhance their capabilities, build relationships, and gain military and cultural experiences.

“This is the first JCET focused on subterranean training between United States and Jordanian SOF, and this is a partnership that the two units will continue to build upon together in future engagements,” said the 5th Special Forces Group JCET Team Leader.

The relationship between the United States and Jordanian military spans decades. Partnerships like these make the United States and its partners a more effective and lethal fighting force.

“When we work together, we’re able to draw on the best attributes of each special operations force. The end result is a better product as a result of working together. That partnership and expanded capability is what U.S. Special Forces is all about,” said the 5th Special Forces Group JCET Team Sergeant.

Being Special Forces is more than just being physically fit and able to shoot, it’s about understanding the different operational environments; building relationships with host nations and learning from the people make these opportunities valuable.

“As Special Forces, it’s in the nature of what we do, to work with other countries. We study their language, we learn about their culture, and we plan to operate with those partners in training and in combat. So right off the bat, we get a ton of benefit just by being here and being able to train with them provides exponential training value for us,” said the 5th Special Forces Group JCET Team Leader.

The relationships built from exchanges like these are critical to future operations where the two forces would need to shoot, move and communicate as one force without degradation. The cultural nuances brought by coexisting for weeks – even months or more – at a time strengthens the understanding of the threats the U.S. and our partners face.

“In our modern day, you never want to fight alone, especially when you are talking about army SOF relationships,” said the Jordanian 101st Special Forces Unit JCET Team Leader. “Building a relationship with a professional army, such as the American Army, is very important for the Jordanian Army. We need to have good relationships with other partners so we can face mutual problems.”

The 6-week JCET included training such as small unit leaders and noncommissioned officers development, small arms training, operational planning, close quarter combat, physical fitness, field medical activities and subterranean training. JCETs are part of Special Operations Command Central’s Theater Security Cooperation program with partner countries across U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
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