SPECIAL OPERATIONS

HISTORY

SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) IS A GENERALIZED TERM FOR OUR NATION’S SPECIALIZED UNITS WHO HAVE BEEN PRIMARILY UTILIZED TO CARRY OUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S STRATEGIC GOALS AND EXECUTE THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.  ALTHOUGH SPECIAL OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN UTILIZED THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (USSOCOM) WAS NOT FORMALLY FOUNDED UNTIL 1987.  SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES CONSIST OF U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS (USASOC), U.S. NAVY SPECIAL OPERATIONS (NAVSOC), U.S. MARINE CORPS SPECIAL OPERATIONS (MARSOC) AND U.S. AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (AFSOC).  SPECIAL OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED WITH SMALL NUMBERS OF HIGHLY-TRAINED PERSONNEL IN EXTREMELY HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS LEVERAGING SPEED, SURPRISE AND VIOLENCE OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION.

 

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MISSION

U.S. NAVY SEALS, SFOD-D, GREEN BERETS, 75TH RANGER REGIMENT, MARINE RAIDERS, AND AIR FORCE COMBAT CONTROLLERS AND PARARESCUEMEN HAVE BEEN AT THE TIP OF THE SPEAR DURING THE LONGEST CONFLICT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  THEIR MISSION IS TO CONDUCT DIRECT ACTION MISSIONS, COUNTER-TERRORISM, COUNTER INSURGENCY, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, SPECIAL RECONNAISSANCE, FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE, COUNTER-PROLIFERATION, AND HOSTAGE RESCUE.  THESE SPECIAL FORCES, KNOWN TO BE LOW IN DENSITY AND HIGH IN DEMAND, DUE TO THEIR SUCCESS HAVE HAD TO ENDURE INCREASED OPERATIONAL TEMPOS AND REPETITIVE COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES.

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