Many men and women who enter the military dream of taking part in special operations units. These units use unconventional methods to carry out unique missions. Depending on which branch of the military the unit is located, specials ops training programs will vary. To become a Green Beret, the special forces of the U.S. Army, it will take wit, brawn, and discipline.


Green Beret Special Ops Training

Selection process

Prior to participating in the selection process most applications will have:

  • Earned a college degree and/or postgraduate degree
  • Mastered a second language
  • Been in the armed forces for at least three years

Special ops training workouts are designed to push potential soldiers to their physical and mental limits. Before they can take part in the training course, they must pass a physical exam selection course. Each potential Green Beret must pass with a minimum score of 260. It is recommended before you take the exam you can:

  • Finish a two mile run within 12-14 minutes
  • Do 100 sit-ups in two minutes or less
  • Complete 100 push-ups in two minutes or less

The rest of the initial exam will take place at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The three-week course is split into two parts: physical training and teamwork ability. The tests will include:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups

“Q” Course

After excelling at phase one of SFQC, Special Forces Qualification Course, during the initial selection process at Fort Bragg, some soldiers will enter the remaining five phases. Each is more excruciating than the following, which is why it’s recommended to participate in some special ops training for civilians workouts before attempting the programs.

SFQC Phase II-13 weeks:

  • Strong focus on individual skills
  • Training in Small Unit Tactics
  • Survival skills
  • Language and cultural training

SFQC Phase III-15 weeks:

  • Military occupational specialty code training (MOS)
  • Further language training
  • Common tasks training
  • Advanced technique special ops training
  • Interagency operations training

SFQC Phase IV-14 weeks:

  • Combative skills training
  • Continual language training for specialty assignments

SFQC Phase V-four weeks:

  • Collective training
  • Realistic unconventional warfare

SFQC Phase VI:

  • Graduation
  • Initial assignment


Shoot like a Green Beret

On top of possessing elite athletic skill, Green Berets are experts at their weapons. Lucky for you, you don’t have to complete special ops training workouts to fire a military grade, special ops weapon. At The Vegas Machine Gun Experience, a gun range near the Strip, you can handle:

  • 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun
  • M4 Machine Gun
  • AK47 Machine Gun
  • Glock 17 9MM Pistol

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Shooting is no longer a man’s game. Although men may have their fair share of action movie heroes, women who shoot are slowly taking over the big screen and the gun world. Here’s our list of top five leading ladies who have mastered their tactical shooting stance and their weapons, all while capturing our hearts.

Women Who Shoot in Cinema


Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

Weapon: Twin Heckler and Koch USP Match pistols


Angelina Jolie has played many kick-butt women in films, but her most iconic role is probably Lara Croft. Although Tomb Raider is an empire consisting of books, movies, and video games, Jolie’ bodysuit clad figure, adorned with hip holsters holding her signature pistols is the immediate image that comes to mind. Even if she carries pistols with her, don’t disregard her ability to show off a proper rifle shooting stance too.

Trinity, The Matrix

Weapon: Two Beretta 84FS Cheetahs


Carrie-Anne Moss plays Trinity in The Matrix. Her weaponry is often minimal, but she can hold her own in a room full of agents with what little she carries. Film creators opted for a Beretta 84FS as opposed to a full-sized Beretta because Moss has small hands. She is also seen yielding a Micro Uzi in the film. Like many other women who shoot, Trinity is skilled in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat.

Imperator Furiosa, Mad Max: Fury Road

Weapon: Taurus PT99AF


Charlize Theron is almost unrecognizable as Furiosa in Fury Road. Her mechanical arm does not stop her from taking her tactical shooting stance and fearlessly defending the wives of Immortan Joe. Eventually, Furiosa enlists the help of a tribe of women from “The Green Land,” where she grew up and kills Immortan Joe. Not only does she save his wives but the city he once ruled over too.

Selene, Underworld

Weapon: A pair of Beretta 92FS sidearms


Kate Beckinsale plays a vampire named Selene in Underworld. With the help of her signature Berettas, she defeats lycans in several films. The cruel death of her family sparked her plan of revenge. She exhibits tactical expertise in several films, escaping from situations that seemed nearly impossible.

Alice, Resident Evil

Weapon: Beretta 92FS Inox


Mila Jovovich is another actress who has played several female empowering characters during her career. Alice is one of her most memorable roles and the lead in the films, which depict her conflict with the Umbrella Corporation. Like a couple of other women who shoot on our list, Alice knows Berettas do it betta when you’re in a tactical shooting stance.

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