Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine.

Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful recruitment of foreign nationals to serve in the Rhodesian Security Forces, during the Rhodesian Bush War (1964–79). During the late 1970’s and the 1980’s, the success and popularity of a military magazine such as SOF led to the proliferation of like magazines such as Survive, Gung Ho!, New Breed, Eagle, Combat Illustrated, Special Weapons and Tactics, and Combat Ready. SOF has been published by the Omega Group Ltd., in Boulder, Colorado. 

More recently, the April 2016 issue of Soldier of Fortune was the final print edition; further editions have only been distributed online.

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - January 1999

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - February 1999

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - March 1999

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - April 1999

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - May 2000

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - June 2000

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - August 2000

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - March 2001

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - October 2005

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - July 2006

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - June 2007

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - June 2008

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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine. Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful...

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