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Special Forces team conducting a patrol in Afghanistan

National Guard 19th Special Forces Group Regimental Flash

The soldiers who make up the Army National Guard Special Forces are unique professionals with an unconventional method for waging war and an innovative approach to winning. They are the best at what they do. Their training, intelligence, courage and esprit de corps make them so.

The 19th and 20th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) of the Army National Guard have units located across the United States of America with both 18 Series (Green Beret) positions and Airborne SOF Support positions.

National Guard 20th Special Forces Group Regimental Flash


What We Do

National Guard Special Forces Combat Divers conducting a beach infil

Falling under the umbrella of Special Operations Forces (SOF), Special Forces is the United States military's premier Unconventional Warfare force. The missions undertaken by National Guard Special Forces encompass a broad spectrum of capabilities, including Unconventional Warfare, Counter-Terrorism, Direct Action, Foreign Internal Defense, and Special Reconnaissance. Operating in self-sufficient teams comprised 12 individuals, National Guard Special Forces soldiers are well-suited for both sensitive and demanding missions that require mental agility as well as physical stamina.

Special Forces operates globally, from playing key roles in Operation Enduring Freedom to humanitarian work in Africa and counter-narcotics in South America. National Guard Special Forces have additional missions stateside providing unique resources in response to disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.



Members of the Office of Strategic Services conducting training


Special Forces traces its lineage back to World War II. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) deployed small "Jedburgh" teams to occupied France to organize local resistance movements against the Nazi forces as well as conduct subversion and guerilla warfare.

John F. Kennedy meeting with Brig. Gen. William Yarborough


The first Special Forces Group was officially formed and activated. Later in 1961, President Kennedy authorized the "Green Beret" as the official headgear and prioritized the development and role of Special Forces, leading to the creation of 19th and 20th Special Forces Groups in the Army National Guard.

1961 - 1971

Special Forces are deployed to Vietnam in their first combat role.

Special Forces Green Berets in Vietnam

2001 - Present

Special Forces play a key role in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, including organizing the Northern Alliance in order to secure Afghanistan. Army National Guard Special Forces units played an integral role in these operations.

Special Forces Green Berets in Afghanistan



How do I join?

Explore. Learn. Not many meet the qualifications required for the opportunity to try out to attend Special Forces training in the Army National Guard, and fewer still can meet the demands that come with the job. The individuals we seek are those with knowledge, motivation, and preparedness. Fitness, both mentally and physically, is a requirement.

Throughout this site you will find the information you need to answer most of the basic questions regarding National Guard Special Forces. Ensure that you have a thorough understanding of who we are, what we do, and the requirements involved, and then contact us to learn even more about a career in the Special Forces of the Army National Guard.

Read about joining the National Guard's Special Forces or see what Special Forces Support Positions are available.