Special forces officers advise commanders on all aspects of special operations. They are experienced subject matter experts in unconventional warfare and operations fusing intelligence and planning at all levels across the operational continuum. They must have detailed knowledge of geography, economy, political structure, armed forces, and history.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Plans, controls, and executes foreign internal defense, strike operations, strategic reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, and other related special operations
- Develops interpersonal and communicative skills to facilitate interaction with foreign officers, soldiers, and civilians
- Exercises high level of maturity, experience, judgment, and the ability to rapidly apply critical thought to the operational environment
- Demonstrates advanced language capabilities and cultural familiarity
- Parachutes from an aircraft
- Ensures observance of safety standards in special weapons test, maintenance, and repair operations
- Supervises administration, prepares daily routines, and maintains records
- Screens discipline cases, reports, and correspondence
- Performs airborne, diving, and demolition operations
- Conducts area studies of potential operational areas, acquiring detailed knowledge of their geography, economy, political structure, armed forces, and history