Location - MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Established - April 16, 1987

Commander - U.S. Army Gen. Bryan P. Fenton

Command Sergeant Major - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shane W. Shorter

Deputy Commander - U.S. Navy (SEAL) Vice Adm. Collin P. Green

Vice Commander - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Francis L. Donovan

Role - Provide fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interests

People - Headquarters approximately 2.500/Entire command nearly 70,000


USSOCOM develops, and employs, the world's finest SOF to conduct global special operations and activities as part of the Joint Force, 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 all to protect and advance U.S. policies and objectives.


-Civil Affairs

-Hostage Rescue and Recovery


-Military Information Support Operations


-Security Force Assistance

-Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

-Special Reconnaissance

-Direct Action

-Unconventional Warfare

-Foreign Humanitarian Assistance

-Preparation of the Environment

-Foreign Internal Defense


People.  "Humans are more important than hardware" speaks to our center of gravity and our #1 Enterprise Priority -- our People. Our Force and families are USSOCOM's competitive and comparative advantage. Our People are the reason we "win." In support of current and future mission successes, we will recruit, assess, select, educate, train, diversify, equip, and transform our innovative and groundbreaking team.

Win.  We will "Win" -- every time, every place, in any environment.  The "SOF Way" is unconventional, irregular, asymmetric, asynchronous, and done alongside the U.S. Government Interagency, as well as with Allies/Partners.

Transform.  USSOCOM will trail-blaze, and lead, for DoD and the Nation,  As stewards of precious resources, we will meet current and future challenges via optimizing, modernizing, innovating, inventing, and transforming our people, organizations, and technology.