Special Operations Command

An Australian Special Forces soldier under a starry night sky in Afghanistan

Special Operations Command’s (SOCOMD) mission is to provide ready and relevant forces to conduct Special Operations across the operational continuum in a joint, combined or interagency environment, in support of Australian national interests.

Special Operations Headquarters manages the direct command units within SOCOMD. Those units consist of the Special Air Service Regiment, 1st Commando Regiment, 2nd Commando Regiment, Special Operations Engineer Regiment, Special Operations Logistics Squadron, Special Forces Training Centre and the Parachute Training School.

With its origins in the Directorate Special Action Forces – Army in 1979, and later Headquarters Special Forces - in 2003, the Australian Government directed the establishment of a Special Operations Command. The command would be equal in status to Maritime, Land and Air Commands, in order to enhance Australia’s ability to use non-conventional war fighting means to respond to the asymmetric threat of terrorism.

The motto of Special Operations Command is 'Acies Acuta', which is Latin for ‘The Cutting Edge'.