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Special Forces - 55-3018.00

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O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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Detailed Work Activities

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Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advance Seal Delivery System Maintainer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT) Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Control Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combatant Swimmer (SEAL) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Joint Special Operations (JSO) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Joint Special Operations (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Joint Terminal Attack Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Master Naval Parachutist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sniper (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Special Warfare Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • NSW Development and Evaluation Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Parachutist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Man, Combatant Diver Qualified (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Man, Parachute and Combatant Diver Qualified (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Man, Parachutist Qualified (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • SDV Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Team Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Candidate Training Accession Reporting Code (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Communications Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Medical Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Boats (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Chief Enlisted Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Reconnaissance Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) Candidate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Combatant Crewman (SWCC) Intermediate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Operator (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Amphibian Crewmember
  • Reconnaissance Crewmember
  • Survival Specialist