United States special operations forces

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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]

List of SOF units[edit]

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

Joint Special Operations Command[edit]

Joint Special Operations Command ★★★[3]

United States Army[edit]

Army Rangers during a training course, 2011

United States Navy[edit]

Navy SEALs desert training exercise, 2004

United States Air Force[edit]

Note, non operations-related squadrons are not included for a condensed list of units

United States Marine Corps[edit]

Marine Raiders conduct combat operations in eastern Afghanistan

SOF career fields[edit]

United States Army[edit]

Enablers[11]
  • Sustainers
  • Army Special Operations Aviators
  • Military Information Support Operators (Psychological Operations)
  • Civil Affairs Soldiers
  • Other Qualified Special Operations & Support Jobs with Special Qualification Identifier (SQI) "S"

United States Marine Corps[edit]

Enablers[11]
  • Special Operations Capabilities Specialist
  • Combat Services Specialist

United States Navy[edit]

Enablers[11]

United States Air Force[edit]

Officers
Enlisted

* Note: ALO/TACP are not inherently designated SOF, only ALO/TACP belonging to Special Tactics Squadrons which are under AFSOC, the vast majority of TACPs/ALOs are in Air Support Operations Squadrons which belong to Air Combat Command.

U.S. Special Operations centers, schools, and courses[edit]

Commands[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b special operations forces. Dtic.mil. 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 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 SOCOM Public Affairs (2015). SOCOM Fact Book 2015 (PDF). SOCOM Public Affairs. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "1st Special Operations Group fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "24th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "27th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d "919th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "352d Special Operations Wing fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d "353rd Special Operations Group fact sheet". July 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center". July 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "SOCOM 2014 Factbook" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.yumasun.com/news/military_news/air-force-becomes-newest-ypg-tenant/article_86301f97-82f9-57a8-8f72-c741ed862483.html
  13. ^ "Enlisted heroes receive graduate-level education at Weapons School". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Special Operations Command South
  15. ^ U.S. Special Operations Command, North (Provisional Command) > U.S. Northern Command > Article View. Northcom.mil (2013-05-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-24.

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