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Special Forces Primer: Correcting Misconceptions

Who and what are United States Special Forces (USSF)? The only unit in the United States that can be called Special Forces (SF) is the United States Army Special Forces, also known as the "Green Berets." The main SF element is the 12-man Operation Detachment Alpha (ODA) or A Team, sometimes just shortened to Team. The 1st Special Forces Command, commanded by Maj. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, is the result of the merging of the Army units who are specifically trained in UW. This command is based around the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) and pulled in underneath them are Civil Affairs (CA), Military Information Support Operations Command (MISOC) formerly known as Psychological Operations (PSYOPS), and the 528th...

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Special Forces and the "Advise, Assist and Accompany" mission

Foreign Internal Defense Foreign Internal Defense (FID) is a major tool that the U.S. has for fighting and preventing future wars or conflicts. FID by definition is: “Participation by civilian and military agencies of a government in any of the action programs taken by another government or other designated organization to free and protect its society from subversion, lawlessness, insurgency, terrorism, and other threats to its security. Also called FID. (JP 3-22)” Assess, Train, Advise and Assist SOF Service components can contribute to FID. Primarily, SOF assess, train, advise, and assist HN military and paramilitary forces in support of FID. FID may also take the form of mobile training teams to teach indigenous personnel how to operate, maintain, and employ...

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