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Special Operations Command

The Special Operations Command mission is to provide ready and relevant forces to conduct special operations across the operational domain in a joint, combined or interagency environment, in support of Australia's national interests.

Special Operations Command is made up of the following units:

  • Headquarters Special Operations Command

  • 1st Commando Regiment

  • Special Air Service Regiment

  • 2nd Commando Regiment

  • Special Operations Engineer Regiment

  • Special Operations Logistics Squadron

  • Special Operations Training & Education Centre

  • Parachute Training School.

With its origins in the Directorate Special Action Forces—Army created and, later, Headquarters Special Forces, in 2003 the Australian Government directed the establishment of a Special Operations Command. The new Special Operations 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'.

Last updated
19 March 2019
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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