That was some of what I saw. The number of students going through JFK really increased. Very inexperienced soldiers were being accepted to the Q course. There was also the increase to three Ranger Battalions. In SF groups you saw not only non-SF qualified soldiers wearing the Green Beret they also got rid of the candy stripe. By the mid-80s I also saw an increase in the new toys available. Things like the issue of brown gore-tex boots that resembled jungle boots (only a trial), the new gortex parka and pants (adopted), and more new weapons. Their was realization of a need for a specialized SF sniper school (SOTIC) that taught more than the conventional sniping techniques of infantry units. Larry Freeman (R.I.P.), former Delta operative, was instrumental in getting SOTIC up and running before promotion to SGM and going to A.S.D. At SOTIC the M21 was being supplemented with modified Rem 700s with McMillan stocks, and .338 Lapua (at that time referred to as .338-.416) and .50 BMG rifles were being tested. It was a time of great transition.