There are currently seven Special Forces Groups, two of which are National Guard Special Forces, which are headquartered in seven states: Washington, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Colorado, Utah, and Alabama. The National Guard Special Forces Groups also have subordinate units in 17 states. Special Forces Soldiers are also headquartered in Okinawa, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany.
Special Forces Soldiers’ missions involve: Counterterrorism, Direct Action, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, and Unconventional Warfare. The global security environment remains one of uncertain and persistent conflicts, wherein our nation’s Special Forces will continue to play a leading role in waging unconventional warfare and building partner nation capacity.
The Green Berets motto, “De Oppresso Liber”, means “To Free the Oppressed”; that motto reminds us all that freedom is not free. Known as the “Quiet Professionals”, Special Forces Soldiers maintain a proud history of not seeking recognition for their deeds, but recognizing that they are accountable to the American public. These “Quiet Professionals” represent 62% of the casualties in the Special Operations Community since 9/11, and the need for their special brand of military expertise has never been greater.