SOF Vision and Strategy
Senior Enlisted Leader
Title 10 Authorities
Fact Book 2023
Force & Family Readiness
Joint Special Operations University
Preservation of the Force & Family
Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition)
Air Force Special Operations Command
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Joint Special Operations Command
Marine Forces Special Operations Command
Navy Special Warfare Command
Army Reserve Element
Cyber Security Awareness
U.S. Special Operations Africa
U.S. Special Operations Central
U.S. Special Operations Europe
U.S. Special Operations Korea
U.S. Special Operations North
U.S. Special Operations Pacific
U.S. Special Operations South
Office of Communication
Tip of the Spear
Hall of Heroes
Bull Simons Award Recipients
Commando Hall of Heroes
Medal of Honor
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most special operations require non-SOF support.
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.