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707th Special Mission Battalion
Country Flag of South Korea.svg Republic of Korea
Branch Flag of the Republic of Korea Army Republic of Korea Army
Service history
Active 1981 - present
Size unknown
Part of ROKA Special Warfare Command
Nickname White Tiger[1]
Commanders
Insignia

The 707th Special Mission Battalion is the special force unit in the Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command. The unit is South Korea’s primary counter-terrorist and quick reaction force. The unit’s soldiers – distinguished by their black berets – are tasked with conducting urban counter terrorist missions, and constitute the Army’s quick-reaction force for emergencies.[2] The battalion's nickname is 'White Tiger.'[1]

The unit also has a small number of female special forces operatives. They are used in counter-terror operations where the presence of a woman is not seen as a threat to a terrorist.[3]

HistoryEdit

The unit was formed after the Munich massacre, which forced the South Korean government to create a counter-terrorist unit in time for the 1988 Olympics that would be held on South Korean soil.[3]

The 707th SMB has also been called on by the South Korean government to prioritize potential counter-terrorist operations against any possible threats on South Korean soil.[4]

TrainingEdit

The recruitment process usually involves conscripts from the different branches of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces who apply and try out to become members of the elite force. Others are handpicked by their superiors across the different branches of the military and try out like their applicant counterparts.

All members of the 707th are SCUBA and parachute qualified. It is reported that members frequently perform daily calisthenics in the snow and sub-zero temperatures and will swim in freezing lakes without any thermal protection.[5]

The 707th Special Mission Battalion trains with foreign partners, such as U.S. Army's Delta Force, FBI HRT, British SAS, Alpha Group, French GIGN, Canadian JTF2, Hong Kong SDU, and Singaporean STAR. The purpose is to experience and increase relationships and exchanges with international Special Forces communities.[6][7]

The battalion also owns and operates a multi-complex counter-terrorism training site for the Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command and hosts multi-national counter-terrorist training.[8]

Weaponry and equipmentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Republic of Korea. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  2. 707th. Retrieved on May 25, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Special Operations and Counterterrorist Forces. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  4. Korean Forces Strengthen Counter-Terrorism Posture After al-Qaida Warning. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  5. 707th South Korea. Retrieved on May 25, 2011.
  6. 707th Special Missions Battalion. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  7. Reports Discuss Korea's 707th Special Mission Unit. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  8. Republic of Korea. Retrieved on May 25, 2011.

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