United States Special Operations Command
Air Force Special Operations Command
Army Special Operations Command
Joint Special Operations Command
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Naval Special Warfare Command
Force and Family Readiness Program
Joint Special Operations University
Preservation of the Force and Families
SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition)
Theater Special Operations Commands
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa
U.S. Special Operations Command Central
U.S. Special Operations Command Europe
U.S. Special Operations Command Korea
U.S. Special Operations Command North
U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific
U.S. Special Operations Command South
About the Command
Senior Enlisted Leader's Biography
House Armed Services Committee
Senate Armed Services Committee
Title 10 Authorities
Hall of Heroes
Bull Simons Award Recipients
Commando Hall of Heroes
Medal of Honor
Truth 1: Humans are more important than hardware.
People – not equipment – make the critical difference. The right people, highly trained and working as a team, will accomplish the mission with the equipment available. On the other hand, the best equipment in the world cannot compensate for a lack of the right people.
Truth 2: Quality is better than quantity.
A small number of people, carefully selected, well trained, and well led, are preferable to larger numbers of troops, some of whom may not be up to the task.
Truth 3: Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced.
It takes years to train operational units to the level of proficiency needed to accomplish difficult and specialized SOF missions. Intense training – both in SOF schools and units – is required to integrate competent individuals into fully capable units. This process cannot be hastened without degrading ultimate capability.
Truth 4: Competent Special Operations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur.
Creation of competent, fully mission capable units takes time. Employment of fully capable special operations capability on short notice requires highly trained and constantly available SOF units in peacetime.
Truth 5: Most special operations require non-SOF assistance.
The operational effectiveness of our deployed forces cannot be, and never has been, achieved without being enabled by our joint service partners. The support Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy engineers, technicians, intelligence analysts, and the numerous other professions that contribute to SOF, have substantially increased our capabilities and effectiveness throughout the world.