This video by WarLeaks – Daily Military Defense Videos & Combat Footage features scenes from a United States Special Operations Forces training exercise in the tumultuous terrain of the Afghan Desert. The video shows members of the SpecOps shooting firearms from a helicopter, as well as training on the ground. The footage was shot using an HD POV GoPro helmet camera.
The United States Special Operations Forces are components of the Department of Defense’s United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The USSOCOM receives, reviews, coordinates and prioritizes all Department of Defense plans that support the global campaign against terror. The USSOCOM then makes recommendations to the Joint Staff regarding force and resource allocations to meet global requirements.
The USSOCOM has 60,000 personnel on active duty. USSOCOM personnel include Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians working for the Department of Defense.
The special operations forces – as defined by the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms – are “those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations”.
Special operations forces often perform reconnaissance and surveillance in hostile environments, offensive action, hostage rescue, sabotage and demolition, and counter-insurgency through population engagement and support. Special operations forces also support foreign internal defense, often including training and development of other states’ military and security forces.
In the United States, the Special Operations Forces are broken down to nine factions: Army Green Berets, Army Night Stalkers, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Navy SEALs Missions, Marine MARSOC, Marine RECON, Marine RECON Missions and Air Force Special Tactics.
Special operations forces may also perform the following functions: airborne operations, counter-terrorism, covert ops, direct action, high value manhunting, mobility operations, unconventional warfare, combat search and rescue, counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping, psychological operations and security assistance.