– Have you ever shot an MSG? – No, I don’t even, what is an MSG? – A submachine gun. – Oh, yeah, of course,
I’ve shot a submachine gun. Sounds like you know more
about guns than I do. – I play a lot of Fortnite. – Okay. (laughs) I don’t, yeah. (soft music) – Hi. – Hi, how are you? – Good. My name is Crystal. – My name is Kevin Flike. – Nice to meet you, Kevin. – Nice to meet you too, Crystal. – So since you’re a Green Beret, aren’t you like French because berets? – Oh, yeah.
– Yeah. – No. (everyone laughs) So the reason why we’re
called Green Berets is because of the headgear
that we would wear. That’s our nickname. We’re actually the Special Forces. – Oh. – Is that Navy? – Navy? – Air Force? – Come on. – Person with tank? – [Kevin] Army. The Army Special Forces. – Yeah. – It’s cool. – [Kevin] It’s pretty
good on your there, nice. – [Woman] How does it feel? – It feels great. I feel the power. – Yeah. (laughs) – Feel the power! – Is that the symbol of the Green Berets? – Yeah, it’s called our unit crest. It says “De oppresso liber” and that means “To Free the Oppressed”. – And what’s the “Oppressed”? – So there’s bad people in the world being mean to certain people. So we try to protect those
people from the bad people. – Oh, so you’re kinda like a superhero. – I guess that’s one way to put it, yup. – So what do you know about war? – I don’t think war is a good solution ’cause then lots of people end up dying, getting hurt, losing their home. – Well, so I would agree with you that war, it’s not a great thing. But that’s the Green Beret is, I would say that our mind is
our most important weapon. We wanna think first
and we wanna shoot last, so we wanna try to solve situation without having to do anything bad. – That is actually really clever. – Have you ever held a minigun? – I have, yes. I’ve short a minigun before. – Whoa.
– Yes. – Have you shot every gun? – No, definitely not. – Are you retired? – I retired in 2013 because at my second
Afghanistan deployment, I got shot in the stomach. – What was that like? – Yeah. – Getting shot?
– Yes. – It hurt. (laughs) – Did it like (mimics explosion sound)? – No. (laughs) It’s so different than
what the movies show of you just getting shot and then all of a sudden you’re like, “Yeah, I’m okay.” I definitely was not. I was in so much pain. I was just trying to keep conscious. – But did you get up, and then you’re like
(mimics shooting sounds)? – No, I couldn’t move. – But you’re good now? – I’m good now. – [Tom] Okay. – It’s all right, you
know the end of the story. It’s awesome, right? Like, spoiler alert, you know? (laughs) – If you didn’t get shot, would you still be in the Green Beret? – You know, I’m not sure. It was a really great
experience, I loved it, but it was really tough too because I was gone a lot and I was married the whole time, so my wife never really had
much of a chance to see me. So I’m not sure if I hadn’t gotten shot if I would’ve stayed in or not. – When you’re in war, did
you have to do anything that you didn’t wanna do? – There was never anything
that I thought was bad. You know I always felt like
I was doing the right thing. I would say there’s
things I didn’t wanna do like just be really
(laughs) tired all the time or be hungry and being
away from my family. Those are some tough
parts of being deployed. – That’s really sad. – What’s the worst thing
you’ve seen in the war? – Seeing children that got
hurt or affected by the war was probably the worst thing that I saw. – Do you ever cry? – Yeah, I definitely did. When one of my teammates
was killed, I cried and that was very hard for me to have to deal with, you know. – Do you have any pets
to help you, like dogs? – No, I don’t have any pets. – No, like at the army? – Oh, when I was in the army?
– Yeah. – Yeah, we had dogs. They’re German Shepherds. – We have a German Shepherd. – Oh really? – But it passed away.
– We used to. – Oh, yeah. – What did the dog help you with? – So the dog could smell bombs, and if there was any bombs in the area, the dog could smell that
and it would let us know. – How do you speak dog?
– [Boy] How? Dogs can’t talk. – I don’t speak dog, but the
person who worked with the dog could speak dog, though. – Oh.
– Oh. – [Kevin] Yes. – What was the percentage of women to men in the Special Forces? – When I was in the Special Forces, actually, only men could
be in the Special Forces. Currently, women are allowed to try out for the Special Forces. However, no women have made
it through the training yet. – That’s why boys are stronger than girls. – That’s actually not true. – There’s definitely some girls out there that can do it, for sure. – [Woman] Crystal, what do you
think your parents would say if you wanted to join the army? – No way. (laughs) I don’t wanna fight. – Well, there’s a lot
of things in the army or in the military where you
don’t all have to be fighting. You know we would help bring
clean water to villages. We’d dig wells. We’d provide medical treatments to people. So there’s a lot of other
things like that for you. – Okay, if I’m in the army, I’d say more to the medical
treatment or digging wells. – All right, that sounds good, yeah. – That’s more me. – Yeah. (laughs) – Tom, it’s been awesome bud. – Cool, bye.
– Thank you, yeah. – Bye, bye. – (laughs) Thank you. Oh, other hand, other hand. There you go. Nice. I’m Staff Sergeant Retired Kevin Flike and I wanna thank you for watching Kids Meet a Green Beret. So if you wanna learn more about how you can support Green
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