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U.S. Army Special Forces: "The Green Berets"

Battalion and Group Support Elements


The Battalion Support Company. The battalion support company provides intelligence support, combat service support, and signal support to the forward operational base and deployed Special Forces teams.

The support company commander commands all personnel and elements assigned or attached to the company. When an FOB is established by the battalion, the support company commander serves as SPTCEN Director.

The Military Intelligence (MI) Detachment. The MI detachment organization and mission are similar to the Group MI detachment with five exceptions:

a. The battalion MI detachment has a more limited capability than the group and may depend on mission requirements or group technical assistance.
b. The battalion MI detachment has three organic support operations teams A (SOTs A). These teams deploy with Special Forces Operational Detachments "Alpha" (SFODs A) to provide signals intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare support.

c. When authorized, the counterintelligence team (CI) conducts active CI operations.

d. The MI detachment contains no organic interrogation teams.

e. The MI detachment commander works for the battalion commander under supervision of the battalion intelligence officer (S2).

The Battalion Service Detachment.

The battalion service detachment provides:

a. Unit-level supply.
b. Services element in a specified operational area.
c. Maintenance services for the battalion.

The Battalion Signal Detachment. The battalion signal detachment provides the communication means between the Special Forces Operating Base (SFOB), Forward Operating Base (FOB), and deployed SFOD. If no FOB is established, the deployed SFOD A can communicate directly to the SFOB.


The Group Support Company. The group support company provides intelligence support, combat service support, and signal support to the SFOB and its deployed Special Forces teams.

  1. The Support Company. The support company commander commands all personnel and elements assigned or attached to the company. His company provides routine administrative and logistic support to the support center (SPTCEN) and signal center (SIGCEN).
  2. The Military Intelligence Detachment. The military intelligence detachment provides all-source intelligence collection management, analysis, production, and dissemination in support of group-level situation and target development.
  3. The Service Detachment. The service detachment performs unit-level supply, services, and maintenance functions for the group HHC, support company, and their attached elements.
  4. The Signal Detachment. The signal detachment installs, operates, and maintains secure SFOB radio communications with the forward operating bases and deployed Special Forces teams. It also installs, operates, and maintains continuous internal SFOB communications.
  5. The Medical Section. Then medical section provides health service support to the SFOB.
  6. The Personnel Section. The personnel section collocates with the supporting military personnel office and performs personnel management functions for the group.


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