Special Operations and Special Warfare
Special Operations, the newest warfare community was approved by the Secretary of the Navy in July 1978 in recognition of a need for sustained, progressive, cost-effective and ready capability in four functional areas: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Operational Diving and Salvage (ODS), and Explosive Ordnance Management. Explosive Ordnance and diving provide the common base which assures compatibility of the four functional areas. Special Operations offers men and women an exciting career and command opportunity in a small specialized community.
Special Warfare provides qualified officers the opportunity to be a member of one of the world's elite fighting forces. As a branch of the U.S. Special Operations Forces, Navy SEALs are known and respected around the world.