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The A-Team Leader - Detachment Commander

What are the responsibilities of a Special Forces Captain / Major?

The Special Forces officer must be capable of planning and executing four of the five Special Forces missions of unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, and special reconnaissance. Only selected Special Forces officers who are specially trained will have the capabilities to conduct a counter-terrorism mission. Because Special Forces units can be employed in direct support of general purpose forces throughout the operational continuum, the Special Forces officer must also understand his role in the Air Land Battle and retain his company-level conventional skills developed in his accession branch.

The unit mission essential task list (METL) in his Special Forces Group will require knowledge in a wide variety of common and special operations tasks. Not only must the Special Forces captain know the tasks that will make him mission capable in independent special operations, but he must also be able to operate in close association with conventional forces in large scale contingency operations. Because Special Forces units are area-oriented to specific theaters, the specific battle focus of the assigned unit may vary from unit to unit.

 - Other Positions Filled by Captains & Majors


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