The Special Forces (Green Berets) Association is a non-profit veterans' fraternal organization formed in 1964, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is chartered in the State of North Carolina.
The purpose for which the Association was formed was to unite, fraternally, all men who are now or ever have been assigned to the United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets), to perpetuate Special Forces traditions. No person is barred from joining the association because of race, color, religion, sex, or political affiliation.
Membership Qualifications are as follows: Membership may be granted to a person who is or has been a member of the United States Army Special Forces, to include the U.S. Army Reserve and U.S.Army National Guard, and have been awarded a Prefix "3", Suffix "S", 5G or 18 Series Qualification, and if discharged, has received an Honorable Discharge. There is no time requirement for Membership.
The Association publishes a quarterly magazine, The Drop, which depicts the activities of its members, active SF units, Reserve and NG units, and Chapters. There are no subscriptions for the magazine, it is for members only. The Association has one hundred and three chapters located in the Continental United States, Panama, Korea, Germany, Philippines, Okinawa, Thailand, Iraq, Afghanistan and Hawaii. The National Association sponsors an annual convention and individual chapters meet in their areas and conduct meetings and social functions for their members.
To join the Association, an application must be completed, giving complete information, along with documentary proof of SF qualification, and sent to Chapter 45 for review and then forwarded to National Headquarters for approval. Applications must be accompanied by check or money order in the amount of $30.00 dollars. This is to cover the $5.00 initiation fee and the first years dues of $25.00.