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U.S. Special Operations Forces

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The United States Special Operations Forces is the official category where the U.S. Department of Defense lists the U.S. military units that have a training specialization in unconventional warfare and special operations. Special Operations Forces are often referred to incorrectly as U.S. Special Forces, which, in actuality, is the official name for the Green Berets.

The Department refers to such units (and similar foreign organizations) as Special Operations Forces (SOF).

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During peacetime, SOF units are usually under the operational command of their assigned branch of the military. But the Secretary of Defense can place Special Operations Forces (including all of the below, as well as U.S. Navy SEAL units, selected units of the U.S. Air Force, and other units) under the direct control of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), usually in time of active hostilities. U.S. SOF units have the same basic role in warfare as the Special Forces of most other countries, supplying small, elite units that can operate far behind enemy lines on sabotage, reconnaissance, counter-insurgency and other missions. Most have extensive airborne training.

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List of U.S. Special Operations Forces (incomplete)

Active

Army

Air Force

Navy

Marine Corps

Other

Former

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References

  1. USDOD (June 5, 2003). US DOD Dictionary of Military Terms (http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict/). United States Department of Defense. United States of America.
  2. USDOD (June 5, 2003). US DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations (http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict/). United States Department of Defense. United States of America.
  3. Inside Delta Force by CSM. Eric Haney (ret.) former Delta Force operator and founding member
  4. Masters of Chaos by Linda Robinson
  5. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern Warfare by Mark Bowden


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