About POTFF
About USSOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF)

By: POTFF Staff - 2/13/2019

​SOF personnel are inherently wired to not accept defeat.  We, as an Enterprise, must continue to break down the stigma associated with seeking help; seeking and getting help actually contributes to making us better and stronger...something we all understand and strive for daily in our professional duties--let us apply that carnivore mindset to POTFF.




-GEN Tony Thomas (Commander, USSOCOM)



 

Our Mission

The mission of the Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force (POTFF-TF) is to build and implement a holistic approach to address the pressure on our force.  The POTFF-TF will identify and implement innovative, valuable solutions across the USSOCOM Enterprise aimed at improving the short and long-term well-being of our Special Operations Forces (SOF) warriors and their families.

 

Core Messages

  • POTFF initiatives were developed in response to a clear demand signal from the SOF components, their units, and SOF families.
  • SOF deployments are unique in scope and requirements.
  • POTFF conducts an annual Needs Assessment Survey to identify and address issues and stressors affecting the force and their families.
  • POTFF is a priority for the commander and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the force and their family.
  • POTFF efforts are specifically designed to build resilience, improve operational performance, and ensure SOF readiness. We first leverage service-provided and DOD programs; POTFF addresses the gaps and seams.
  • POTFF programs and initiatives are based on four key domains; Human Performance, Psychological Performance, Spiritual Performance, and Social Performance.
  • We use an integrated, embedded care model to maximize access and minimize stigma.
  • We strive to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help - seeking help is normal and expected.

Psychological Performance

  • Designed to improve the cognitive and behavioral performance of the force.
  • Includes helping service members cope with stress, building upon existing strengths, to improve the readiness of SOF and their families.

Human Performance

  • Meet the unique physical needs of SOF operators with holistic, embedded treatment and training:
    • Sports Medicine: Rapid Access
    • Strength and Conditioning: Injury risk mitigation
    • Performance Nutrition: Sustained performance
    • Sports Psychology: Focused, consistent effort
  • Maintain operators’ peak performance throughout their 20-30 year careers.

Social and Family Performance

  • Incorporates family resilience programs designed to enhance service-provided programs.
  • Programs are adapted for the uniqueness of the SOF family:
    • Non-standard deployment cycles
    • Geographic and social/family isolation
    • High PERSTEMPO & unpredictability

Spiritual Performance

  • Designed to enhance core spiritual beliefs, values, awareness, relationships and experiences:
    • Dedicated and experienced Religious Support Teams (RSTs)
    • Specialized training
    • Integration with multi-disciplinary team

Additional Points

  • POTFF initiatives were developed in response to a clear demand signal from the SOF components, their units, and SOF families.
  • SOF deployments are unique in scope and requirements.
  • POTFF conducts an annual Needs Assessment Survey to identify and address issues and stressors affecting the force and their families.
  • POTFF is a priority for the commander and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the force and their family.

 

POTFF Priorities

Enhance the Readiness of SOF

Coordinate and collaborate with Services

Build force resiliency and optimize SOF performance

Provide innovative solutions to hard problems

Identify challenges

Advocate for policy change

Achieve necessary authorities

Program evaluation

Reduce stigma associated with seeking care

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