Special forces members 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.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts advanced reconnaissance operations and collects intelligence information
- Recruits, trains, and equips friendly forces; plans, organizes, trains, advises, assists, and supervises indigenous and allied personnel on collection and processing of intelligence information
- Conducts raids and invasions on enemy territories; lays and detonates explosives for demolition targets
- Locates, identifies, defuses, and disposes of ordnance
- Evaluates terrain, selects weapons emplacement sites, and assigns targets and areas of fire
- Processes prisoners of war, writes, and establishes security plans, and performs security duties
- Maintains all classified documents in the operational area, and establishes destruction and evacuation plans
- Performs, plans, leads, supervises, instructs, and evaluates pararescue activities
- Supervises and performs insertion, infiltration, exfiltration, and extraction functions
- Performs basic and advanced trauma casualty management and paramedic level skills, basic emergent surgical procedures, treatment of basic traumatic dental emergencies, and other routine and emergency medical healthcare procedures