Philippines Special Forces look like they come from 1975, but do it correct (VIDEO)

The Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) of the Philippines Army was modeled after the U.S. Green Berets to some extent, and they have a very distinct Mekong Delta look about them.

Formed in the 1960s, SF got broke in the hard way by supporting the Filipino contingent fighting in Vietnam but when that war ended, they were just getting warmed up. You see ever since then they have been fighting a low-intensity but often violent campaign against homegrown guerrillas in the hills from hardlegs like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, the Abu Sayyaf Group, Jemaah Islamiyah, and Al Qaeda operating in the southernmost Philippine Island of Mindanao.

Organized in 20 special forces companies and deploying in 12 man teams much like our own ODA “A-teams” they spend a lot of time leading local militia forces. The above recruiting commercial shows off a lot of dated (lets call it classic) kit such as M16A2s, M1 Garands, A1/203 combos with the big fore end, M60s, and old-school training and tactics.

And yes, there are tiger stripe camo and boonie hat cameos!

Hey, if it ain’t broke…