The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D) is one of two units in the United States Armed Forces assigned primarily to combat terrorism. The other is the Navy’s ‘Dev Group.’ Delta members are experts at counterinsurgency, small unit tactics, and various infiltration techniques.
Many of them come from Ranger battalions or Special Forces (Green Berets) groups. They are well seasoned, well conditioned and are some of the most experienced soldiers in the service. But as Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, said, “They are professional soldiers who hate the army.” They are very independent warriors who like working in small teams and are very resilient.
While the military acknowledges the existence of special mission units like Delta Force, it does not specify what they are called or their locations, staffing or organizational structure. Unofficially, Delta Force is considered one of the U.S. military’s elite special operations units, its members drawn from all branches. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, its formal name is 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta.
Delta Force was created by Army Col. Charles Beckwith in the late 1970s and based on the British Special Air Service counter terrorism unit. Its members are known as “operators” and divided into three squadrons. Details of the composition, strength, abilities and operations of Delta Force remain a closely guarded secret. But the unit is thought to be equipped with the most advanced weaponry and equipment the U.S. military has to offer. Unit members undergo an extensive selection and assessment process before joining the unit.
As an officer in 1st SFOD-D, you will have added opportunities to command at the CPT, MAJ, and LTC levels. You may also serve as an Operations Officer. After service with 1st SFOD-D there are a wide variety of staff positions available to you at DOD, JCS, DA, USASOC, US SOCOM, and other joint headquarters because of your training and experience. In addition, there are inter agency positions available to you as well.
The prerequisites for an officer are: