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Special Operations Command

Special Operations Command
Special Operations Command's mission is to generate, command and reconstitute high-readiness world-class joint forces in order to conduct combined special operations in support of Australia's national interests.

Special Operations Command is made up of the following units:

  • Headquarters Special Operations Command

  • Headquarters Special Forces Group

  • Defence Special Operations Training & Education Centre

  • 1st Commando Regiment

  • Special Air Service Regiment

  • 2nd Commando Regiment

  • Special Operations Engineer Regiment

  • Australian Defence Force School of Special Operations

  • Australian Defence Force Parachuting School

  • Special Operations Logistics Squadron.

All Special Operations Command personnel are specially selected and highly trained to act with discretion and discipline in situations that may have national and strategic consequences.


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.

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

Special Operations

Headquarters Special Operations Command
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Last updated
18 November 2019
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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