FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) In Action

first published on January 6, 2016 by

The FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit and claims to have capabilities equal to America’s military special operations units.


The HRT is able to deploy anywhere in the U.S. or its territories within four hours to rescue both Americans and allies being held hostage by terrorists and criminals. HRT can operate in any climate and environment. They have dedicated aviation and maritime assets, while their agents are trained to HALO parachute or fast rope into hostile environments and then proceed to raid, search, arrest, assault, snipe, or rescue their way to mission completion.

In order to apply to become HRT, one must be an experienced Special Agent or have prior military experience as combat arms or special operations. To be selected, one must undergo a rigorous two-week suck fest, composed of sleep depravation and physical exhaustion. Students are given numbers rather than names, and receive no feedback during the entire course. Even if the student completes the course, there is no guarantee of selection. Candidates are selected for being mentally and physically tough, as well as being able to make split second decisions. Being able to work with a team is a must.