In order to achieve layered effects on the battlefield, special operations forces on the ground are typically comprised of more than just door-kicking, you’ve-got-a-piece-of-snakemeat-in-your-beard-type guys. Most SF detachments – while dreaming of breathtaking solo pursuits across the rooftops of Baghdad – are usually plused up with myriad attachments based on their mission, including Civil Affairs, Military Working Dogs, EOD, mechanics, cooks, etc. I’ve worked with a few of them in various capacities, and I’m going to cover each one in-depth based upon firsthand experience.
In 2010, The U.S. Army, suffering another bout of political correctness, changed Psyops’ name to MISO: from ‘Psychological Operations’ to ‘Military Information Support Operations’, which completely pissed off the recruiters trying to fill their quota. From Jedi mind-tricks to soupy side-dish in one field-grade swoop.
MISO’s job is, ostensibly, to win the hearts and minds of both friend and foe, and to be the mission’s PR rep on the battlefield. And they’re pretty damn good at it. While it may not be as stupendously badass as firing a Carl-G off the back of a moving Hilux, MISO operators are nimble, competent, and useful contributors on the battlefield – and they have my sincere admiration and respect for the job that they do.