Exactly How Special are Special Operation Forces?
In 1987, the US Special Operation Command was established in order to carry out classified missions which includes gathering intelligence, capturing high-value targets, and training foreign troops (Turse). Each branch of the military have their own special operations force that operates under the command of Special Operation Command. Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, SFOD, and Green Berets are the few special operation forces that part of Special Operation Command (Turse). The expansion and the increase use of US Special Operation Force would allow special operators to continue to conduct operations in global hotspots, to train with their international partners more often, and to respond to a critical situation at any moment notice.
Special Operations Forces are stationed in hot spots throughout the globe to combat insurgency and terrorism in area. For instance, there is a Special Operations Joint Task Force in Afghanistan and their job is to "hunt down or kill high-value terrorist and insurgent leaders" (Shanker). US Special Operation Forces have conducted these type of missions not only in Afghanistan but also Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Philippines, and Iraq (Turse) because there are many terrorist cells that operates in area and they are a threat to the United States and its allies. Special Operations Forces is also stationed in Afghanistan to conduct counter-I.E.D operations. The Taliban plant these improvised explosive device to kill US and Coalition troops and sometimes these explosive devices kill innocent civilians (Shanker). The United States plan to withdraw the remaining troops out of Afghanistan and transfer control back to Afghan troops but US Special Operations Force will stay behind to the train the Afghan troops and police to continue to provide security in Afghanistan (Shanker).
Special Operations Forces conduct training exercise with its international partners to maintain their level of readiness and defense of the host country. These training exercises put the operators to the test to see how ready they are and to retain their training. For example, the United States and South Korea conducts a training exercise called Foal Eagle every year. The goal of this training exercise is to enhance each other their capabilities (Hanly). US Special Operation Force train with South Korean Special Forces on guerilla warfare, infiltration, and night and maritime operations (Hanly). They also conducted a training exercise called Balance Knife 13.1 to train resistance fighter within North Korea. North Korea have always threaten to use it nuclear weapons attack South Korea and even invade the South. These military drills prepares the United States and South Korea if North Korea were to make promise on these threats that they made (Greenemeier).
When a situation gets out of hand, they call in Special Operations Force to deal with the problem. Such as, US Navy SEALs were called to deal with a...