The Department of the Army established USASOC on 1 December 1989 at Fort Bragg, NC as an Army Service Component Command (ASCC) to enhance the readiness of Army SOF (ARSOF). As an ASCC, USASOC reports to the Department of the Army for service guidance. The command conducts a total of 64 courses and trains over 16,000 students per year. Courses range from combat skills courses such as sniper, military free fall and combat diver to language and warrant officer professional development courses.
USASOC’s ability to effectively recruit, train, retain and promote talented ARSOF Operators remains unmatched. Since 1989, this Command has recognized the relevance in the first two SOF Truths – “Humans are more important than hardware, and Quality is better than quantity.” – and has invested significant resources to grow and develop our talent. USASOC continues to implement a merit-based system for evaluating performance and potential for all ARSOF personnel regardless of gender.
On 3 December 2015, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Carter announced the repeal of a longtime ban on women serving in ground combat assignments, citing if women can meet all requirements for a job, they should be allowed to do so and they could in fact boost combat effectiveness. As a result, USASOC developed an implementation plan for integrating women into SOF.
The simple, but time-tested, phrase "Quiet Professionals" best describes our SOF ethic and culture - the principles we live by and the behaviors and beliefs we exhibit every day. We are a values-based organization - always mindful that our personal and professional conduct reflects not only on ourselves but on our Nation. We are focused on contributing to the mission at hand and being a well integrated part of the team - unconcerned with who gets the credit and recognizing that much of what we do will remain in the shadows. We support the Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCCs) - if they are successful, we are successful; if they fail, we fail.