Fort Bragg Special Forces candidates to begin Robin Sage exercise

A Special Forces candidate assigned to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School crosses a water obstacle during the final phase of field training known as Robin Sage in central North Carolina, July 9, 2019. Robin Sage is the culmination exercise and has been the litmus test for Soldiers striving to earn the Green Beret for more than 40 years.


By THE SANFORD HERALD, N.C. Published: August 20, 2019

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Robin Sage exercise, the final test for Army Special Forces candidates from Fort Bragg, is set to begin in multiple North Carolina counties including Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore.

The exercise is scheduled between Aug. 30-Sept.12.

Robin Sage is a two-week culmination exercise. The participants are students at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Throughout the exercise that spans 21 counties, military and civilian support personnel, as well as community volunteers, will participate in and/or provide support during each of these exercises. Military servicemembers from units across Fort Bragg will also support the exercise.

All Robin Sage movements and events have been coordinated with public safety officials in the towns and counties hosting the training. Residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares. Controls are in place to ensure there is no risk to persons or property. Residents with concerns should contact local law enforcement officials, who will immediately contact exercise control officials.

The following measures have been implemented:

—Formal written notification to the chiefs of law enforcement agencies in the affected counties, with a follow-up visit from a unit representative.

—All civilian and non-student military participants are briefed on procedures to follow if there is contact with law enforcement officials.

—Students will only wear civilian clothes if the situation warrants, as determined by the instructors, and will wear a distinctive brown armband during these instances.

—Training areas and vehicles used during exercises are clearly labeled.

Participants will drive civilian vehicles that will be marked with red Robin Sage placards.

Robin Sage is the U.S. military's premiere unconventional warfare exercise and the final test of over a year's worth of training for aspiring special forces soldiers. Candidates are placed in an environment of political instability characterized by armed conflict, forcing soldiers to analyze and solve problems to meet the challenges of this "real-world" training.

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