Special Forces

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to Special Forces: Delta Force, Green Beret

Special Forces


(1) Subunits and units designated to perform special combat missions, such as maintenance of communications and engineering support, and having special technical equipment. Special forces in the armed forces of the USSR include engineer troops, communications troops, chemical troops, radio construction and maintenance troops, motor transport troops, and road troops. The armed forces of other countries have similar special forces. For example, in the USA such units are combat support units.

(2) In the armed forces of the USA, Great Britain, Israel, and certain other capitalist countries, there are special forces designated to destroy important installations deep in the enemy rear, undermine enemy fighting power, perform psychological warfare missions, carry out missions to mislead the enemy, and organize and carry out diversionary and subversion missions and sabotage. The units are staffed with mercenaries who undergo special training, including study of the appropriate foreign language. The mercenaries include many traitors who have fled their countries after committing political or criminal offenses. Special forces were widely used during the US aggression in Vietnam in the period 1964–73.

References in periodicals archive ?
This special forces cachet in the private security industry has both functional and associative rationales.
The Israeli Special Forces have assassinated Eslam in cold blood.
At least 31 people were killed last week in Benghazi and 127 injured in clashes between armed protesters, eventually backed by special forces, and a militia in the city.
The skill of a Special Forces sniper is unparalleled," Walding said.
Pucino earned the coveted "Green Beret" as a Special Forces engineer sergeant.
He said Cammayo is being interrogated for possible human rights violations and other crimes related to operations of the Special Forces in the area.
Clarence House would not confirm which branch of Special Forces the Prince would be spending time with.
At a time when the Special Forces community is expanding exponentially, this work is timely and valuable in its contribution to the story of Army Transformation.
The average size of a Special Forces battalion task force FLE in Afghanistan ranges from 15 to 20 Soldiers.
So what were the resilience factors in Special Forces troops that prevented combat fatigue, shell shock, or PTSD?
Anyone who views special forces as a panacea should read Derek Leebaert's capacious and engaging history of special operations from antiquity to today.

Full browser ?