Talk:Special operations

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Perhaps we should get a picture that shows more than the black silhouette of a special operations soldier. Maybe with a battlefield that isn't a beautiful sunset?--Hoyt596 (talk) 20:48, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

Special operations forces (SOF) is completely different from special forces. Mainly, this is defined by what region of the world you are in (e.g. in the US, special forces refers to the unit known as the green berets. Special operations Forces refers to all the other units within the US Special Operations Command. Check the website . If you merge an article on special forces and special operations forces, it will look ignorant. ( (talk) 17:23, 15 May 2009 (UTC))

Special operations is just another name for special forces. I see no difference at all. I don't do this often, so I don't know if this appropriate but: Strong support. Bsimmons666 (talk) 17:40, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

There is a clear distinction between Special Forces and special operations.Special forces are the elite soldiers who carry out the mission while special operations are missions that are of significant importance. Strong Opposition --Roaring Siren (talk) 10:47, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Indeed there is a distinction between Special Forces and special operations. As a former member of Naval Special Warfare Group ONE (a Navy SEAL command), I have to point out that as far as the U.S. military is concerned, "Special Operations" denotes a particular military unit: the U.S. Army Special Forces (commonly referred to as "Green Berets"), where as "special operations" denotes military operations of an unconventional nature (such as direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense and the like. Forces engaged in such mission are special operations forces (SOF). Commands within the U.S. military concerned with special operations are the Joint Special Operations Command and the U.S. Special Operations Command, among others (it's worth noting that the articles associated with these commands use the term "special operations" in the technical sense I have described. The distinction between "special forces" and "special operations" might not be one that makes a lot of sense to the layman, but I can assure you that there is a discrete between these two terms. The trouble is in their application to U.S. forces. Calling the SEAL Teams a "special forces" unit is inaccurate. Given the international usage of the term, it might work, but at best that would muddy the water when talking about U.S. SOF forces. I'm opposed to simply merging the two articles. Causal01 (talk) 05:06, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

  • Very well then, let's resolve that
  1. there is no consensus to merge,
  2. that it's been long enough,
  3. that there will be no merger at this time, and
  4. that involved editors will work to expand these articles whenever they are able.
 —  .`^) Paine Ellsworthdiss`cuss (^`.  14:16, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Special Ops vs Special ops[edit]

Anyone know why Special ops goes to this page, but Special Ops goes to the Special Forces page? ——Digital Jedi Master (talk) 07:32, 16 May 2010 (UTC)