Originally Posted by tsmo1066
A lot of Army and Navy veterans have served and worked with Spec Ops in one capacity or another and have friends in such units. It's not as uncommon as some would think.
There are also a lot of legitimate former SEALS, DELTA, GBs and such in the civilian world as well. Turnover in such units is staggeringly high just due to the intense, physical demands of the work and it's almost scary how many such soldiers wind up out of the military on disability due to things as simple as blown knees, injured backs and other physical consequences of the ongoing training alone.
That's true, and even with the National Guard. Two SF groups, the 19th and 20th, are completely ARNG, as is one Air Force Special Tactics Squadron (the 123rd; part of KY ANG, and composed of PJs and Combat Controllers (an often-forgotten part of USAF SOF)). I personally have a friend in a support position with 20th group, and know quite a few with SF combat patches from operating in support of SF while deployed. I work with several Navy EOD types that worked on the fringes of special operations (verified; this is a federal LE agency). It's not as uncommon as you think. A lot of people like to BS it, though.