One of the greatest advantages of Special Operations Forces (SOF) is their inherent flexibility and their ability to excel in the unknown.

Whether we’re talking about a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA), a Marine Special Operations Team (MSOT), or a Navy SEAL platoon, SOF units can operate behind enemy lines with little or no resupply.

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and its subordinate commands, however, are always seeking ways to make their operators more effective and lethal on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army has been working on the concept of a deployable Expeditionary Outpost for some time now. The outpost is designed for a 25-man force – usually, an ODA is comprised of 12 Green Berets, an MSOT of 14 Marine Raiders, and a SEAL platoon of 16 frogmen; these numbers don’t include attached enablers. Consequently, the 25-man figure is tailored for small SOF elements.