Brandon Webb — founder of SOFREP.com — sat down with Business Insider to explain the counter-interrogation training every single United States special forces member must undergo.
Webb, who before launching his startup served our nation as a Navy SEAL, explained some of the tenants of the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) training course Green Berets, Rangers and SEALS take before being sent out into the field.
Webb stated that throughout the course, service members are subjected to near extremely rigorous conditions to mimic treatment they’d receive at the hands of America’s enemies.
“It’s designed to be like the real thing,” he explained. “It teaches you to not get killed and survive with honor.”
Webb noted that service members are trained to give the enemy “just enough information to stay alive.”
“It’s a half truth, but you’re just kind of constantly stringing them along to stay alive.”
For example, Webb stated if captured, he would not let slip that he is a Navy SEAL.
Instead, he would say he is a Navy diver because he is both intimately familiar with the specifics of diving and because it would give his captors the impression that his story is legitimate and they could possibly extract additional information from him, neccesitating he be kept alive.