Delta Force

United States Army special operations unit

1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) is a special forces unit of the United States Army. They are a highly secretive, highly elite unit that take part in very dangerous missions including counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action, and more. Delta Force is highly elite in that it is not a unit that just anyone can apply for. Delta Force recruits primarily from the Army Special Forces (aka the Green Berets) and the 75th Ranger Regiment, themselves already elite special operations units.

1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne)
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U.S. Army Special Operations Command SSI (1989-2015).svg
USASOC patch worn by Delta Force
Active21 November 1977 – present
Country United States of America
BranchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
TypeSpecial Operations
RoleTier One Special Operations Force
Part ofUnited States Special Operations Command Insignia.svg U.S. Special Operations Command
Seal of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).svg Joint Special Operations Command
U.S. Army Special Operations Command SSI (1989-2015).svg U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQFort Bragg, North Carolina
Nickname(s)The Unit
EngagementsOperation Eagle Claw
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Just Cause
Operation Acid Gambit
Gulf War
Operation Restore Hope
Operation Gothic Serpent

War in Afghanistan

Iraq War


  1. Eric L. Haney, Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit', Delacorte Press, 2002