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 it's source.23

List of SOF units

Joint Special Operations Command

Joint Special Operations Command45

United States Army

Army Rangers during a training course, 2011

United States Navy

Navy SEALs desert training exercise, 2004

United States Air Force

United States Marine Corps

SOF career fields

United States Army

Enablers5

United States Marine Corps

Enablers5
  • Special Operations Capabilities Specialist
  • Combat Services Specialist

United States Navy

Enablers5

United States Air Force

Officers
Enlisted

 • Note: ALO/TACP are not inherently designated SOF, only ALO/TACP belonging to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron which is under AFSOC, whereas the vast majority of the career fields are under Air Combat Command.

U.S. Special Operations centers, schools, and courses

Commands

Notes

References

External links








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