- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2019

The U.S. Army says it may be time to offer PSYOP experts a special distinction among military personnel.

Officials are mulling over the possibility of giving the military’s masters of persuasion a gray beret or some other special signifiers.

“In a move to more closely link Army Special Operations Forces, the PSYOP Proponent at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School is exploring the idea of a distinctive uniform item, like a gray beret, to those Soldiers who graduate the Psychological Operations Qualification Course,” Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a USASOC spokesman, told Army Times in a statement released Thursday.

A moderator for the 1st Special Warfare Training Group’s 5th Battalion Facebook page stressed that the idea is part of “an ongoing discussion” and not yet an official proposal. 

Troops who hope to become PSYOP qualified must undergo a 43-week program in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Training is broken down into five phases in which soldiers conduct language training, earn Airborne certification and explore key concepts of military psychological operations.   

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