United States special operations forces

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

Composition[edit]

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[edit]

Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) ★★★[4]

United States Air Force[edit]

Air Force Special Tactics Commandos training in Jordan

United States Army[edit]

1-10th Special Forces Group secure their weapons after a day of training at the Panzer Range Complex, Boeblingen, Germany, Nov. 8, 2016.
Army Rangers during a training operation.

United States Marine Corps[edit]

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

United States Navy[edit]

Navy SEALs during night operation in Afghanistan.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team (SDV) 2 conduct diving lock out
SWCC from Special Boat Team 22 operating a SOC-R
  • Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM) ★★[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group ONE[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group TWO[4]
      • SEAL Team 2[4]
      • SEAL Team 4[4]
      • SEAL Team 8[4]
      • SEAL Team 10[4]
      • Logistics Support Unit 2[4]
      • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit 2[4]
      • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit 4[4]
      • Naval Special Warfare Unit (NSW) 10[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group THREE[4]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1)[4]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2 (SDVT-2)[14] It was reactivated on 8 March 2019.[15]
      • Logistics Support Unit 3[4]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Detachment 1[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR[4]
      • Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12)[4]
      • Special Boat Team 20 (SBT-20)[4]
      • Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22)[4]
      • Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS)[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group TEN[4]
      • Support Activity 1[4]
      • Support Activity 2[4]
      • Mission Support Center[4]
      • Cultural Engagement Unit[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Group ELEVEN[4]
    • Naval Special Warfare Center[4]
      • Basic Training Command[4]
      • Advanced Training Command[4]

SOF career fields[edit]

United States Army[edit]

Army Special Forces (Green Berets) during breach and clear training near Al-Tanf, Syria
  • Special Forces
  • Rangers
  • Military Information Support Operators (Psychological Operations)
  • Civil Affairs Soldiers
  • Enablers[1]
  • 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[edit]

United States Navy[edit]

United States Air Force[edit]

* 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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Special Operations Command South
  3. ^ U.S. Special Operations Command, North (Provisional Command) > U.S. Northern Command > Article View. Northcom.mil (2013-05-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-24.
  4. ^ 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 SOCOM Public Affairs (2015). SOCOM Fact Book 2015 (PDF). SOCOM Public Affairs.
  5. ^ a b Trevithick, Joseph. "Shedding Some Light On The Pentagon's Most Shadowy Aviation Units". The Drive. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Joint Communications Unit | JCU | Fort Bragg, NC". www.jcu.mil. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "1st Special Operations Group fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "24th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "27th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d "919th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "352d Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d "353rd Special Operations Group fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE (PDF) (Report). Naval Special Warfare Center. May 2013. NWP 3-05. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  15. ^ Faram, Mark D. (25 February 2019). "SEALs revive stealthy submarine delivery team in Virginia". Navy Times. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Unit Info". 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special ops". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  18. ^ SUN, CHUCK WULLENJOHN, SPECIAL TO THE. "Air Force becomes newest YPG tenant". Yuma Sun. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Enlisted heroes receive graduate-level education at Weapons School". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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