Also known as Green Berets, because of their distinctive headwear, Special Forces soldiers operate in 12-man teams, known as the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA). ODAs most often work with a partner force, which can either be a guerilla group or a government. Each ODA focuses on a different insertion method (Military Freefall, Combat Diver, Mobility, and Mountain). Green Berets are cultural experts in the assigned geographical region and speak local languages, which is key when working with a partner force.
There are five active-duty (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th) and two National Guard (19th and 20th) Special Forces Groups that specialize in different geographical areas.
From the history of the iconic Green Beret to weapons and campaign histories, this Special Forces guide was written by former SOCOM members.
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