Special Operations Forces Reference Manual – 2023

SWCC Conduct Watercraft Movement by Helicopter

The latest edition of the Special Operations Forces Reference Manual has been published by the Joint Special Operations University Press. The document provides information on U.S. special operations forces of all the services. Topics include the SOF command structure, unit organization, equipment, and areas of responsibility.


  • Introduction to Special Operations
  • Special Operations Forces Structure
  • Army Special Operations Forces
  • Naval Special Operations Forces
  • Air Force Special Operations Forces
  • Marine Corps Special Operations Forces
  • Special Operations Related Definitions
  • SOF Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Bibliography


Special Operations Forces Reference Manual, Fifth Edition, Joint Special Operations University Press, MacDill AFB, Florida, November 2023, PDF, 162 pages. https://jsou.edu/Press/PublicationDashboard/240

Photo: Special Warfare Combat Crewmen conduct a maritime external air transportation system training evolution, a way to move a watercraft from a point on land or water to somewhere else, using an Army MH-47G Chinook helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Prows, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Det)

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