Special Forces

plural noun

: a branch of the U.S. Army composed of soldiers specially trained in guerrilla warfare

Examples of Special Forces in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James Henderson, 33, a British volunteer, had been a Special Forces officer. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 However, before hitting the main stage, Chrisley competed in another popular Fox reality series: Special Forces: World's Toughest Test. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 Keith Mines, a former U.S. Special Forces officer who served in Haiti and other countries in conflict as a diplomat and is now with the United States Institute for Peace, travelled to Haiti on a fact-finding mission last month, and returned just before the current emergency. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2024 Yar had served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 1 Mar. 2024 People sometimes see pictures of all the fancy equipment that Special Forces soldiers carry but fail to recognize that the gear is just tools in the toolbox. Zach Fuller, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 This is 30 Special Forces veterans, folks who have combat experience, folks who are relatively in really good physical shape. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024 Command Inspector General, United States Army Special Forces Command. Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 Stallone played the United States Army Special Forces veteran in five movies. Zack Sharf, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Special Forces was in 1955

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“Special Forces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Special%20Forces. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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