Special Operations Medicine
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The basic principles of Special Operations Medicine are the same as in conventional military medical settings.
The way in which those principles are applied may be quite different, because of unique mission requirements, extremes of environment, and availability (or non-availability) of resources.
All active and reserve Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Operations Forces based in the United States are assigned to the US Special Operations Command. USSOCOM is located at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.
USSOCOM's service component commands are:
In addition, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC, at Fort Bragg, NC) studies special operations requirements and techniques, ensures interoperability and equipment standardizations, plans and conducts joint exercises/training, and develops tactics.
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