The FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is widely known as the only full-time counterterrorism unit in federal law enforcement system. They are capable of acting equally with the same standard as the most of the America’s America’s military special operations units.
1982 – present
full-time, counter-terrorism, hostage rescue
Estimated numbers (personnel):
up to 100
The FBI’s HRT is able to deploy anywhere on the U.S. soil within four hours to perform most complex missions including hostage rescue both Americans citizens and their allies in case they being held hostage by terrorists and criminals. Hostage Rescue Team is equipped and trained to operate in any climate and environment. They have dedicated aviation and maritime assets while their agents are trained to HALO parachute or fast rope into hostile environments and then proceed to raid, search, arrest, assault, snipe, or rescue their way to mission completion. Which makes them one of the most capable and lethal counterterrorism units in the world.
Their history started in 1982 when it was formed by Danny Coulson. One year later, in October 1983, first members completed their training course and became members of the new formed FBI HRT.
From that day until now, they have successfully accomplished many missions including hostage rescues home or abroad. FBI HRT’s equipment and gear are among the best on the market, they have in their assets helicopters, armored vehicles, modern weaponry.
In order to apply to become HRT, one must be an experienced Special Agent or have prior military experience as combat arms or special operations. To be selected, one must undergo a rigorous two-week suck fest, composed of sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion. Students are given numbers rather than names and receive no feedback during the entire course. Even if the student completes the course, there is no guarantee of selection. Candidates are selected for being mentally and physically tough, as well as being able to make split-second decisions. Being able to work with a team is a must.
Today, these guys are the best what the United States law enforcement can offer in order to battle with crisis situations like the world face in the recent years.