Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) received awards during a ceremony held at Liberty chapel Jan. 9. (U.S. Army/Spc. Jose Vargas)

A group of elite Green Berets has received dozens of combat awards, including three Silver Stars, for their "valorous actions" during a 2018 deployment to Afghanistan, the Army announced on Thursday.

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Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command service members provide security coverage from an observation point during a training event at Kunsan Air Force Base, South Korea, Nov. 12, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Capt. David J. Murphy)

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. special operations forces recently conducted drills simulating the infiltration of an enemy facility, U.S. military photos seen by Reuters on Monday show, as tensions with North Korea ratchet up ahead of a year-end deadline.

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Outgoing Special Boat Team Cmdr. Gary Ryals departs official change of command ceremonies via a simulated hot extraction in a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. The ceremony, held on Sept. 7, 2018, celebrated the change of command between Cmdr. Ryals and incoming Cmdr. Kurt J. Muhler. (U.S. Navy/Angela Fry)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

One of the Navy's smallest and most elite communities may soon have its first female members, Military.com has learned.

Three enlisted women are now in the training pipeline to become special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, small-boat operators frequently teamed with Navy SEALs for infiltration and exfiltration missions. They also conduct reconnaissance and other missions in shallow-water regions.

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Members assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conducts military dive operations of the East Coast of the United States. (U.S. Navy/Senior Chief Petty Officer Jayme Pastoric)

Editor's Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

A plan to boost the number of elite Navy SEAL platoons that could deploy across the globe remains in limbo months after the effort was halted by a string of high-profile scandals.

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U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.

The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

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The Army is looking into a new uniform item for psychological operations soldiers in its special operations units, and it may or may not be a grey beret.

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