United States special operations forces

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]

Composition

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

United States Army

United States Marine Corps

United States Navy

  • 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]
      • SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2 (SDVT-2)[16] It was reactivated on 8 March 2019.[17]
      • 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

Enablers[3]
  • 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

Enablers[3]
  • Special Operations Capabilities Specialist
  • Combat Services Specialist

United States Navy

Enablers[3]

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.[18]

** 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.[19]

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

See also

References

  1. 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 19 September 2013.
  3. "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. Northcom.mil (2013-05-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-24.
  6. SOCOM Public Affairs (2015). SOCOM Fact Book 2015 (PDF). SOCOM Public Affairs.
  7. Trevithick, Joseph. "Shedding Some Light On The Pentagon's Most Shadowy Aviation Units". The Drive. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  8. "Joint Communications Unit | JCU | Fort Bragg, NC". www.jcu.mil. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. "1st Special Operations Group fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  10. "24th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  11. "27th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  12. "919th Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  13. "352d Special Operations Wing fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  14. "353rd Special Operations Group fact sheet". 1 July 2015.
  15. "Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center". 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  16. NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE (PDF) (Report). Naval Special Warfare Center. May 2013. NWP 3-05. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  17. Faram, Mark D. (25 February 2019). "SEALs revive stealthy submarine delivery team in Virginia". Navy Times. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  18. "Unit Info". 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  19. "Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special ops". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  20. SUN, CHUCK WULLENJOHN, SPECIAL TO THE. "Air Force becomes newest YPG tenant". Yuma Sun. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  21. "Enlisted heroes receive graduate-level education at Weapons School". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  • United States Department of Defense (5 June 2003). "US DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations". United States Department of Defense. United States of America. Retrieved 11 January 2004.
  • CSM Eric Haney (retired, former Delta Force operator and founding member) (2002). Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit. Delacorte Press. ISBN 0-385-33603-9.
  • Linda Robinson (2004). Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces. PublicAffairs. ISBN 1-58648-249-1.
  • Mark Bowden (1999). Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern Warfare. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 0-87113-738-0.
  • Sean Naylor (2005). Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda. The Berkeley Publishing Group. ISBN 0-425-19609-7.
  • "Special Forces Units". Retrieved 8 October 2006.
  • Feickert, Andrew (6 January 2017). U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress (PDF). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
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