Over the years, I have learned to chill. Be a more laid-back kind of guy. Not take things too seriously. But one thing that still puts my blood pressure into rocket range and makes me want to throat-punch someone: whenever I hear someone mention Navy, Marine, or Air Force Special Forces.

People, there is only one Special Forces in the U.S military, and that is U.S. Army Special Forces. There are seven Special Forces groups—five active duty and two National Guard. They all fall under SOCOM and are part of the special operations community. SOCOM stands for Special Operations Command. It is the unified command that oversees and controls all U.S. special operations units of all branches, even the USMC (since 2006).

The misuse and misappropriation of the title “Special Forces” is not just a trivial matter. When I read it in an article, I immediately discount that writer as your average uninformed ding-a-ling with superficial knowledge of SOF. When I hear someone commit this flagrant foul while speaking, I immediately assume he is a dumbass wannabe with, again, a superficial understanding of the SOF community, and that he is also someone needing to shut the hell up and/or be throat-punched.

The United States military’s “Special Forces,” also known as Green Berets due to their distinctive headgear, refers to, as stated above, a distinct unit of the U.S. military—the U.S. Army Special Forces. “Special operations,” however, more broadly refers to a type of unit or a type of operation. Special Forces, SEALs, Rangers, MARSOC, etc.—essentially, all those units who trace their genesis back to commando units and still harbor certain commando skills, tactics, and culture—all fall under this title.