The missions Special Forces Soldiers undertake range from counterterrorism missions to unconventional warfare. Special Forces Soldiers may also be deployed to foreign regions to take part in humanitarian efforts.
THE UNITED STATES ARMY SPECIAL FORCES PRIMARY MISSIONS ARE:
Stopping Terrorists Before They Strike
Special Forces Soldiers are often deployed to respond to terroristic threats abroad. They also train other nations to deal with terroristic threats. One of the current goals of the counter-terrorism effort is to prevent the formation of terrorist cells.
The Element Of Surprise
Direct action missions are short-duration offensives designed to seize, capture, or destroy a target, or recover designated personnel or material. Special Forces Soldiers generally undertake these missions in small units, emphasizing the need for stealth.
Going Behind Enemy Lines Without Detection
Before the U.S. Army makes a strategic strike against an adversary, Special Forces Soldiers are often sent behind enemy lines to run Special Reconnaissance (SR) missions — covert, fact-finding operations designed to reveal information about the enemy.
FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE
Keeping the peace
Special Forces Foreign Internal Defense (FID) involves training military police forces in allied countries to fight terrorist activity and protect their citizens from aggressors in other foreign countries.
Training Covertly For Success
Unconventional warfare missions allow U.S. Army Soldiers to enter a country covertly and build relationships with local militia. Operatives train the militia in a variety of tactics, including subversion, sabotage, intelligence collection and unconventional assisted recovery, which can be employed against enemy threats.