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What Does it Take to Be a Special Force?

Occupation Description Implement unconventional operations by air, land, or sea during combat or peacetime as members of elite teams. These activities include offensive raids, demolitions, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and counterterrorism. In addition to their combat training, special forces members often have specialized training in swimming, diving, parachuting, survival, emergency medicine, and foreign languages. Duties include conducting advanced reconnaissance operations and collecting intelligence information; recruiting, training, and equipping friendly forces; conducting raids and invasions on enemy territories; laying and detonating explosives for demolition targets; locating, identifying, defusing, and disposing of ordnance; and operating and maintaining sophisticated communications equipment.

  • Reconnaissance Man, Combatant Diver Qualified
  • Amphibian Crewmember
  • Reconnaissance Man, Parachute and Combatant Diver Qualified
  • Special Warfare Combatant Crewman
  • Survival Specialist


Image Credit: Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal via Public domain

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