Vultures are the airborne covert insertion and recon specialists of the Cobra
legions. Given no formal training, the candidates for the Night
Vultures' program are dropped with their gliders from transports over
shark-infested waters at least five miles from land. Whoever makes it
back is awarded the Night Vultures badge and gets to keep the personal effects
of the "drop-outs".
badge-wearing Night Vulture knows he can coax at least five miles out of his
glider and that he has a will to survive. This makes them extremely
efficient as recon scouts since they can glide silently at extended ranges and
be careful enough not to get caught. Their worth as covert insertion
troops is in doubt because they might be smart enough to fly in the opposite
direction if the mission gets too dangerous.
Outside of their initial deployment in 1991, Night Vultures were only deployed
to Brazil in 1992. They have not been deployed since.