Special Forces Missions
A - Teams
Counter-Terrorism: prevent, deter and respond to terrorist activities and train the military of other nations
Direct Action: short duration strikes that are used to capture, recover or destroy enemy weapons/information, or recover designated personnel/material
Foreign Internal Defense: organize, assist and train the military and national defense forces of foreign governments
Special Reconnaissance: intelligence gathering to monitor enemy movements and operations
Unconventional Warfare: the use of unconventional warfare (a.k.a. guerilla warfare) to train, equip, advise and assist forces in enemy-held or controlled territory
SPECIAL FORCES OFFICER (18A)
The Special Forces officer is the team leader of an operational detachment alpha, a highly trained 12-man team that is deployed in rapid-response situations. The officer organizes the mission, outfits the team and debriefs them on the mission objective.
Special Forces Warrant Officer (180A)
Special Forces (SF) warrant officers are combat leaders and staff officers. They are experienced subject matter experts in unconventional warfare, operations and intelligence fusion, and planning and execution at all levels across the operational continuum. They advise commanders on all aspects of special operations and are responsible for the integration of emerging technologies.
Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant (18F)
Special Forces Intelligence sergeants us both conventional and unconventional methods to gather intelligence. They analyze and process this information to advise the commander and staff on all aspects of Special Forces Intelligence and operations.
SPECIAL FORCES WEAPONS SERGEANT (18B)
Special forces weapons sergeants are the weapons specialists. They’re capable of operating and maintaining a wide variety of U.S., allied and other foreign weaponry.
SPECIAL FORCES ENGINEER SERGEANT (18C)
Special forces engineer sergeants are specialists across a wide range of disciplines, from demolitions and constructions of field fortifications to topographic survey techniques.
SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL SERGEANT (18D)
Special forces medical sergeants are considered to be the finest first-response/trauma medical technicians in the world.
Though they’re primarily trained with an emphasis on trauma medicine, they also have a working knowledge of dentistry, veterinary care, public sanitation, water quality and optometry.
SPECIAL FORCES COMMUNICATIONS SERGEANT (18E)
Special forces communications sergeants can operate every kind of communications gear, from encrypted satellite communications systems to old-style high-frequency Morse key systems.