I've been weighing out the pros and cons of each SOF I would like to attempt to be part of and I have a few questions that will help clarify a few things for me (and hopefully other prospective SOFs). 1) For lack of a better example, both SEALs and Rangers do direct action, but there are many differences in the way they do it which leads the SEALs to be better in certain situations and Rangers in other situations. Is there anything CSOs train for or how they operate that seperates them from SEALs, SF, etc on direct action or reconnaissance operations? If there was a choice between SF, SEALs, and CSOs under what circumstances would the CSOs get the call (excluding factors like logistics, politics, etc... just based on what the MSOT could bring that the others couldn't)? 2) I know all CSO's receive basic foreign language training, but how many CSOs attend the Advanced Linguist Course? The reason I ask is because I was wondering about post-military employment and being bilingual is a valuable skill. 3) Do CSOs conduct VBSS, GOPLAT, and other advanced maritime operations? I know they receive diving and small boat training. Thanks in advance.