Special Operations Forces Team Member ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Conducts offensive raids, demolitions, intelligence, search and rescue, and other missions from aboard aircraft, helicopters, ships, or submarines. Must stay in a constant state of readiness to strike anywhere in the world on a moment's notice. In addition to being combat trained, is also a trained swimmer, parachutist, and survival expert.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Carries out demolition raids against enemy military targets, such as bridges, railroads, and fuel depots.
  • Clears mine fields, both underwater and on land.
  • Conducts missions to gather intelligence information on enemy military forces.
  • Conducts offensive raids or invasions of enemy territories.
  • Destroys enemy ships in coastal areas, using underwater explosives.
  • Performs land warfare, small unit tactics, mounted and dismounted operations.
  • Performs small arms and crew served weapons, explosives, communications, tactical medicine.
  • Conducts mission planning, intelligence gathering, and interpretation.
  • Performs combat diving, paradrop and air operations, small boat operations, submarine and submersible operations.
  • Conducts all environment missions including urban, desert, jungle, arctic, and mountain warfare.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing clearly in low light conditions
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work