Special Forces Operational Detachment A
Definition/Scope: The SFODA, composed of 12 men, is the primary SF operational unit. A captain commands the SFODA, and a chief warrant officer serves as the assistant commander. The detachment also has two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in each of the SF functional areas: weapons, engineer, medical, communications, and operations. The redundant capabilities within an SFODA allow the commander to employ his teams as either full or split teams. SFODAs can operate independently or with indigenous forces within a denied area. Additional SF or other SOF personnel may augment SFODAs to conduct specific operations.
Used For:Special Operations Forces
Broader Terms:10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Related Terms:Special Forces Operational Detachment B