U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification
The information on this page relates to the 2010 SOC, please see the 2000 SOC System for information on the previous version of the SOC.
55-3018 Special Forces
Implement unconventional operations by air, land, or sea during combat or peacetime as members of elite teams. These activities include offensive raids, demolitions, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and counterterrorism. In addition to their combat training, special forces members often have specialized training in swimming, diving, parachuting, survival, emergency medicine, and foreign languages. Duties include conducting advanced reconnaissance operations and collecting intelligence information; recruiting, training, and equipping friendly forces; conducting raids and invasions on enemy territories; laying and detonating explosives for demolition targets; locating, identifying, defusing, and disposing of ordnance; and operating and maintaining sophisticated communications equipment.
Illustrative examples: Combatant Swimmer (SEAL),
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
Broad Occupation: 55-3010 Military Enlisted Tactical Operations and Air/Weapons Specialists and Crew Members
Minor Group: 55-3000 Military Enlisted Tactical Operations and Air/Weapons Specialists and Crew Members
Major Group: 55-0000 Military Specific Occupations
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Last Modified Date: March 11, 2010