Today, there is something new on the SOCOM.mil website page that describes the Joint Special Operations Command. For the first time, JSOC is recognized as something more than just a joint interoperability and testing subcommand of the larger group of special operations forces. And for the first time, there is a link off the JSOC page to a secure government website that allows cleared individuals to learn more about job opportunities at the Command. JSOC, made up of discrete special mission units and standing task forces, is unacknowledged by the Pentagon, which is kind of quaint. The cream of the crop of the cream of the crop has always had trouble defining itself publicly. The new commander, Adm. William McRaven, wants to change that, slowly.
Here is an excerpt from the official description:
Despite its innocuous sounding charter, JSOC has made incredible strides in the special operations field and is comprised of an impressive amalgamation of rigorously screened and accessed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Civilians. These men and women possess unique and specialized skills, and are routinely among the best in their field. Among them are seasoned combat veterans who cut their teeth by participating in joint special operations liked the Son Tay Prison Raid in Vietnam War which took place in 1970, long before JSOC was activated. More recent members of the Command include active duty special operations veterans of all services who have successfully completed the toughest training regiments and demonstrated their mettle under the most challenging and difficult circumstances, including combat
Including combat? ESPECIALLY combat.