The army green beret is able to perform many types of missions such as counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, direct action, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and security force assistance.
Erik began his career towards Special Forces training alongside an Army National Guard Green Beret Special Forces unit in 1986 at age 16. He was encouraged by two mentors who were serving in West Virginia’s National Guard 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The unit essentially adopted him until he was old enough to join, but he grew impatient with the wait and enlisted a year early, at age 17. The Guard discharged him as soon as they discovered the discrepancy, forcing him to wait six additional months to reenlist. He began basic training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina, a week prior to graduating from high school. Erik attended the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) where he focused on communications. He was part of the elite U.S. Army Special Forces known as the Green Berets. He completed the 18E (Echo) Special Forces Communications Sergeant course as an honor graduate at 21. He then entered active duty with the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis, Washington, specializing in mountain and close-quarters warfare. Eventually, he transferred to the 1st Battalion of 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan, and was assigned to a Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF). Every Special Forces Group (Airborne) includes a CIF Company. The CIF is a specially trained and resourced element that focuses on Direct Action (DA)/Counter Terrorism (CT) missions. During that tour, Erik also traveled extensively in Asia to train with other countries’ national counterterrorist teams. After an injury during a training operation, when he healed he resigned from the military, in 1998 but soon continued in the tactical arena.
Specialist, instructor, author, entrepreneur, inventor, Green Beret, and security expert are simple words to describe Erik Lawrence. His patience, common sense, and caring demeanor carry through not only his books, but now in exciting new videos. Erik is kind, but is also a no-nonsense professional who knows when to turn up the volume when required.