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Special Operations encompasses civil affairs, special forces, psychological operations and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).

Learn more about each branch and where to get more information. The Special Operations Recruiting Team Hawaii is here to help you achieve your career goals.


Weekly Briefings

Briefings take place at the Special Operations Recruiting Station, Bldg. 648, 1612 Foote Ave., Schofield Barracks.

  • Civil Affairs: Monday at noon
  • Psychological Operations: Tuesday at noon
  • Special Forces: Wednesday at noon
  • 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne): Thursday at noon



160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment’s mission is to organize, equip, train, resource and employ Army special operations aviation forces worldwide in support of contingency missions and combatant commanders. Known as “Nightstalkers,” these Soldiers are recognized for their proficiency in nighttime operations. They are highly trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world, day or night, with unparalleled precision. They employ highly modified Chinook, Black Hawk and assault and attack configurations of Little Bird helicopters.

Soldiers of the 160th have been actively and continuously engaged in the combat operations since October 2001. Today, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment continues a sustained and active forward presence in the U.S. Central Command area of operations at multiple locations in support of operations Enduring Freedom. Our crews also provide support to U.S. Southern, Pacific, Africa, and European commands.

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Psychological Operations

Born from counterpropaganda and resistance efforts during World War II, modern-day psychological operations, or PSYOP, Soldiers master the power of influence to shape the global security environment, impact regional stability and achieve United States’ national security goals. To ensure the security of the homeland and of Americans abroad, PSYOP forces inspire our allies and motivate foreign populations while exploiting vulnerabilities of foreign state and nonstate adversaries who might otherwise believe their actions are without consequence.

As the Department of Defense’s only influence capability, PSYOP forces support commanders, U.S. ambassadors, allies, alliance and coalition partners, and other governmental agencies. PSYOP Soldiers typically operate in small, autonomous teams or with other special operations forces to develop relationships with a country’s civilian population, government figures, military and law enforcement agencies. Experts at psychological warfare specialize in unconventional capabilities, cultural expertise, language proficiency, military deception and advanced communications techniques across all forms of media. PSYOP Soldiers are continuously deploying globally to conduct psychological warfare as a critical component of the United States Special Operations Command.

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Special Forces

Special forces Green Berets deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter terrorism, information operations, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and security force assistance.

The cornerstone of the Special Forces Group’s capability is the Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA), a highly trained team of 12 special forces Green Berets. Cross-trained in weapons, communications, intelligence, medicine and engineering, the ODA member also possesses specialized language and cultural training.

The ODA is capable of conducting the full spectrum of special operations, from building indigenous security forces to identifying and targeting threats to U.S. national interests.

The U.S. military’s premier unconventional warriors, the special forces Green Berets provide a viable military option for operational requirements that may be inappropriate or infeasible for large conventional forces.

Every day, special forces Soldiers remain deployed around the world.

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Civil Affairs

Civil affairs Soldiers are the field commander’s link to the civil authorities in his area of operations. With specialists in every area of the government, they can assist a host government meet its people’s needs and maintain a stable and viable civil administration.

Civil affairs units help military commanders by working with civil authorities and civilian populations in the commander’s area of operations to lessen the impact of military operations on them during peace, contingency operations and declared war. Civil affairs forces support activities of both conventional and special operations forces, and are capable of assisting and supporting the civil administration in the area of operations.

Civil affairs specialists can quickly and systematically identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in war or disaster situations. They can also locate civil resources to support military operations, help minimize civilian interference with operations, support national assistance activities, plan and execute noncombatant evacuation, support counter-drug operations and establish and maintain liaison or dialogue with civilian aid agencies and civilian commercial and private organizations.

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams are responsible for the location,identification, render safe, and disposal of hazardous unexploded conventional,chemical and biological ordnance as well as improvised explosives.

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