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“We need to think differently and we need to move faster, and one thing I have found throughout my career is that SOF knows how to do that better than anyone else," General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.,​​ Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Army Reserve Element provides MOS-qualified and deployable Army Reserve personnel to augment USSOCOM, leveraging their military experience, applicable civilian skills, and rapid availability, in order to meet peacetime, contingency, and wartime requirements.

Special Operations require unique modes of employment and equipment, tactics techniques and procedures. SOCOM develops and employs fully capable Special Operations Forces to conduct global Special Operations and activities as part of the J​oint Force.

SOCOM works in support of the Global Combatant Commanders’ objectives and do so in concert with the U.S. Government Interagency, Allies and Partners, to support persistent, networked and distributed combatant command operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect and advance U.S. policies and objectives.

SOCOM ARE provides trained Reserve personnel to augment and fully integrate into the SOCOM headquarters, JSOC and TSOCs, leveraging military experience, civilian skills, and availability to effectively meet peacetime, crisis, and wartime requirements on a timely basis.  

Life in SOCOM is extremely busy. The world has not slowed down for SOF despite the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan having ended – SOF continues to provide unique access and placement that create options for the nation's leaders. ​

Upon joining the ARE, Soldiers new to SOF ​will attend Introduction to Special Operations Forces - Foundations. Based on your MOS and position, there will be opportunities to attend additional JSOU courses. For information on JSOU courses, check out​



​Officer-in-Charge Notes

Greetings SOCOM ARE,

I would like to welcome all current and future Soldiers to the US Special Operations Command Army Reserve Element (USSOCOM ARE). 

If you are interested, or know a Soldier who might be interested in joining the SOCOM ARE, click on the, "How To Join" link on the left side of this page. SOCOM ARE is looking for NCOs, Warrants and Officers with diverse backgrounds, looking for a challenge.

It takes time, it takes dedication and it takes constant resolve to remain committed and engaged in the SOCOM ARE. Time is a resource that is limited and can slip past so easily if you are not paying attention. Time is also something so many want to share with us. Your time is demanded by your civilian employer, it is asked of any community organizations you might belong to, and it is desired by those you love and who love you. Balancing these competing tasks requires each of us to prioritize activities and to seek a balance when many times a balance isn't possible, and something must give. Being in the Army takes effort and commitment. Being in the Army Reserve takes even more of both. 

Thank you.

Upcoming USSOCOM ARE Events

The ARE team is offering monthly record and diagnostic ACFTs at the MacDill AFB Fitness Center. 

The next ACFT is scheduled for 29MAY24.​

​Please contact SFC Juan Arboleda for​ details.

Senior Enlisted Advisor Notes


I hope you are all doing well. 

As a reminder, priorities are:

  1. Duty Military Occupational Specialty Qualification (DMOSQ)​​
  2. Professional Military Education (PME)
  3. Mission Essential Tasks (METs)
  4. Army Warrior Task Training

We need to continue to focus on maintaining readiness. Each of us must ensure currency on all of our annual medical requirements. The ARE staff has been tasked with aggressively enforcing medical readiness standards, so if you are overdue on anything, expect to hear from the unit leadership. You are required to complete a PHA and dental exam every 12 months and you should be scheduling your appointments when you are within 90 days of your next required examination date. Maintaining your readiness requirements is a condition of remaining in the ARE and we expect proactive and voluntary adherence to these standards.​

If you have any questions please reach out to your detachment NCO or email the group box at