Today we are looking at the US Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School (SFUWO), AKA “dive school.” US Army Special Forces have been carrying out maritime and underwater operations for their entire existence.
Army SF birthed the first true Special Operations Combat Divers in the early ’50s, way before those newcomer Navy SEALs. They carried out underwater demolition operations, underwater infiltration and even mastered submarine lockout procedures.
Currently, each company in a Special Forces Group has a 12-man Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) trained in SFUWO, with their designated primary means of insertion being underwater.
Inside the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course