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U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (AIRBORNE)

U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (AIRBORNE)

U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (AIRBORNE)

The mission of USASFC (A) is to organize, equip, train and validate forces to conduct full spectrum special operations in support of USSOCOM, Geographic Combatant Commanders, American ambassadors and other governmental agencies. Special Forces Green Berets deploy and execute seven doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, combating terrorism, counter-proliferation and information operations. These missions make Special Forces unique in the U.S. military because they are employed throughout the three stages of the operational continuum: peacetime, conflict and war. There are five active component Special Forces Groups and two U.S. Army National Guard Groups. Each SFG is regionally oriented to support one of the warfighting geographic combatant commanders. The cornerstone of the SF Group’s capability is the Operational Detachment-Alpha, a highly trained team of 12 Special Forces Green Berets. Cross-trained in weapons, communications, intelligence, medicine and engineering, the ODA member also possesses specialized language and cultural training. The ODA is capable of conducting the full spectrum of special operations, from building indigenous security forces that support a country’s foreign internal defense to identifying and targeting threats to U.S. national interests. The U.S. military’s only unconventional warriors, the Green Berets provide a viable military option for a variety of operational requirements that may be inappropriate or infeasible for large conventional forces. In the last decade, Green Berets have deployed into 135 of the 195 recognized countries in the world.

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