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United States special operations forces

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United States special operations forces (SOF) are components of the Department of Defense's United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The U.S. military definition of Special Operations Forces according to the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms is "Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF".[1] The definition in the DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms references Joint Publication 3-05.1 – Joint Special Operations Task Force Operations (JP 3-05.1) as its source.[1][2]

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Component commands
★★★ Represents a unit led by a Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral
★★ Represents a unit led by a Major General or Rear Admiral (upper half)
★ Represents a unit led by a Brigadier General or Rear Admiral (lower half)

Joint Special Operations Command

Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) ★★★[6]

United States Air Force

Air Force Special Tactics Commandos training in Jordan
Air Force Special Tactics Commandos training in Jordan

United States Army

Army Rangers during a training operation.
Army Rangers during a training operation.

United States Marine Corps

Marine Raiders fine-tune Visit, Board, Search and Seizure skills.
Marine Raiders fine-tune Visit, Board, Search and Seizure skills.

United States Navy

Navy SEALs during night operation in Afghanistan.
Navy SEALs during night operation in Afghanistan.
  • Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM) ★★[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group ONE[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group TWO[6]
      • SEAL Team 2[6]
      • SEAL Team 4[6]
      • SEAL Team 8[6]
      • SEAL Team 10[6]
      • Logistics Support Unit 2[6]
      • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit 2[6]
      • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit 4[6]
      • Naval Special Warfare Unit (NSW) 10[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group THREE[6]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1)[6]
      • Logistics Support Unit 3[6]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Detachment 1[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR[6]
      • Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12)[6]
      • Special Boat Team 20 (SBT-20)[6]
      • Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22)[6]
      • Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS)[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group TEN[6]
      • Support Activity 1[6]
      • Support Activity 2[6]
      • Mission Support Center[6]
      • Cultural Engagement Unit[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group ELEVEN[6]
    • Naval Special Warfare Center[6]
      • Basic Training Command[6]
      • Advanced Training Command[6]

SOF career fields

United States Army

  • Sustainers
  • Army Special Operations Aviators
  • Military Intelligence and other Special Operations/Support with enlisted Special Qualification (SQI) Identifier "S" or "K9" for Officers.

United States Marine Corps

  • Special Operations Capabilities Specialist
  • Combat Services Specialist

United States Navy


United States Air Force

* Not all PJs/CROs are assigned to AFSOC; many are assigned to Rescue Squadrons within ACC, PACAF, and USAFE. There is no difference in training or selection between Rescue and Special Tactics assignments.[16]

** ALO/TACP Airmen must undergo additional selection and training to be assigned to AFSOC Special Tactics Squadrons. Most are assigned to ACC and support conventional Army Units.[17]

U.S. special operations centers, schools, and courses

See also


  1. ^ a b special operations forces. Retrieved on 2014-05-24.
  2. ^ "Joint Special Operations Task Force Operations" (PDF). 26 April 2007. p. GP-15 (Glossary page). Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "SOCOM 2014 Factbook" (PDF). 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. ^ Special Operations Command South
  5. ^ U.S. Special Operations Command, North (Provisional Command) > U.S. Northern Command > Article View. (2013-05-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp SOCOM Public Affairs (2015). SOCOM Fact Book 2015 (PDF). SOCOM Public Affairs.
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  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "1st Special Operations Group fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "24th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "27th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d "919th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "352d Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d "353rd Special Operations Group fact sheet". July 1, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center". 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
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  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Enlisted heroes receive graduate-level education at Weapons School". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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