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U.S. Army Special Forces Company (1970)

The following was the organization of the Special Forces Company of the U.S. Army Special Forces "Green Berets" effective as of 1970. The Green Berets are a branch specializing in unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, and other duties above the pay grade of standard infantry. Special forces would often be tasked with training foreign militaries, and their company structure at this time more resembled a compact battalion in supporting staff. This would have been the organization for the later stages of the Vietnam War up until post-war.

 

This is based on Table of Organization & Equipment 31-107H, republished by War Establishments (linked in the sources area). The next level up was the Special Forces Battalion, which consisted of 3 Special Forces Companies and 1 HQ & HQ Det. After that, the highest level was and is the Special Forces Group.

Contents:

  1. Organization

  2. Sources

 

Organization

  • Type: Special Forces Company

  • Origin: U.S. Army (United States)

  • Time Frame: 1970 to 1974

  • Personnel: 16 Officers and 78 Enlisted

 

Company Headquarters (6 Officers and 18 Enlisted)

  • Company Commander, a Major (OF-3), armed with 1 M1911A1 pistol

  • Company Executive Officer/Information Officer, a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Sergeant Major, a Sergeant Major (OR-9), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Adjutant/Material Readiness Officer, a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Company Intelligence Officer (S-2), a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Intelligence Sergeant, a Master Sergeant (OR-8), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Company Operations Officer (S-3), a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Operations Sergeant, a Master Sergeant (OR-8), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Company Logistics Officer (S-4)/Motor Officer, a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Assistant Operations/Intelligence Sergeant, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Chief Medical NCO, a Master Sergeant (OR-8), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Chief Preventative Medicine NCO, a Staff Sergeant (OR-6), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Radio Operator Supervisor, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Chief Radio Operators, Sergeants (OR-5), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Engineer Sergeant, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Engineer, a Sergeant (OR-5), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • 1× Heavy Weapons Leader, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle and M203 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher

  • Light Weapons Leader, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle and M203 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher

  • Supply Sergeant/Armorer, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • 1× Assistant Supply Sergeant/Armorer, a Staff Sergeant (OR-6), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Admin Supervisor, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

5× Operational Detachments (2 Officers and 12 Enlisted Each)

  • Detachment Commander, a Captain (OF-2), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Detachment Executive Officer, a Second or First Lieutenant (OF-1), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • 1× Heavy Weapons Leader, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle and M203 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher

  • Light Weapons Leader, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle and M203 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher
     

  • Operations Sergeant, a Master Sergeant (OR-8), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Intelligence Sergeant, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Assistant Operations/Intelligence Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant (OR-6), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Medical Specialist, a Specialist 7 (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • 1× Assistant Medical Specialist, a Specialist 6 (OR-6), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Radio Operator Supervisor, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Chief Radio Operators, a Sergeant (OR-5), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Engineer Sergeant, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

  • Engineer, a Sergeant (OR-5), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle
     

  • Supply Sergeant, a Sergeant First Class (OR-7), armed with 1 M16A1 rifle

 

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