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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)
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
20th Special Forces Group (Airborne, ARNG)
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Related Terms:

Special Forces Operational Detachment B

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