U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification
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55-1017 Special Forces Officers
Lead elite teams that implement unconventional operations by air, land, or sea during combat or peacetime. These activities include offensive raids, demolitions, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and counterterrorism. In addition to their combat training, special forces officers often have specialized training in swimming, diving, parachuting, survival, emergency medicine, and foreign languages. Duties include directing advanced reconnaissance operations and evaluating intelligence information; recruiting, training, and equipping friendly forces; leading raids and invasions on enemy territories; training personnel to implement individual missions and contingency plans; performing strategic and tactical planning for politically sensitive missions; and operating sophisticated communications equipment.
Illustrative examples: Parachute/Combatant Diver Officer,
Special Forces Officer
Broad Occupation: 55-1010 Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders
Minor Group: 55-1000 Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders
Major Group: 55-0000 Military Specific Occupations
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Last Modified Date: March 11, 2010