(October 10, 2017) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, says six new Security Force Assistance Brigades, including one in the National Guard, are needed to meet the growing demand for training the armies of foreign countries.
Speaking Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Milley said, “We are training, advising and assisting indigenous armies all over the world. And I anticipate and expect that’ll increase, not decrease, in years to come.”
He was speaking a week after four Special Forces soldiers deployed to Niger were killed in an ambush by Islamic extremists. They were part of a training mission like those in other African countries and other parts of the world.
“The mission is, frankly, bigger than Special Forces has ever been designed or capable to handle,” Milley said.
The six Security Force Assistance Brigades will take on some of those training missions. They will include five brigades in the active component and one in the Guard.
“They will look and act in many ways and be trained similar to Special Forces, but they are not Special Forces,” he said. Each brigade will include several hundred soldiers.