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Special Operations Overview

Called upon to perform the toughest duties in the armed forces, Special Operations Forces directly affect the protection of America's freedom.

Army

Army Special Forces
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75th Ranger Regiment
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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
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Marines

Marine Force Reconnaissance
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Marine Corps Special Operations Command
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Marine RECON Missions
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Air Force

Air Force Special Tactics
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Army Rangers: The 75th Ranger Regiment

US Army Rangers

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of executing a myriad of complex, joint special operations missions in support of U. S. policies and objectives. Designed and trained to be the most rapidly deployable unit in the Army capable of conducting operations in all types of terrain and weather using various insertion methods, today's 75th Ranger Regiment is the Army's premier raid force.

Headquartered at Fort Benning, Ga., the Regiment consists of four battalions -- 1st Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.; 2nd Battalion at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.; 3rd Battalion and the Regimental Special Troops Battalion located at Fort Benning, Ga.

The Regiment is composed of light infantry forces with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions – airborne, air assault, and direct action operations, raids, infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea in addition to airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of conventional forces. Each Ranger battalion has the capability of deploying anywhere in the world with 18 hours notice.

More than 70 percent of current Rangers have multiple combat deployments in support of America's war against terrorists. The employment concept of Ranger forces is that they be used against politically sensitive, time-critical, or high value targets. They may be employed in as a quick reaction force or in the form of a meticulously planned, thoroughly rehearsed, deliberate operation. In order to meet the quick response requirement, the Regiment remains an all-volunteer force with an intensive screening and selection process followed by combat-focused training.

The forces of the Ranger Regiment are employed worldwide to demonstrate U. S. military power and resolve. As a result, Ranger elements are often deployed overseas to participate in combined training with allies. Numerous training missions stateside and around the globe ensure the 75th Ranger Regiment remains the most proficient and elite light infantry force in the world.

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