While the other services are cutting back training this year for all but those scheduled for deployment overseas, the SOCOM budget for next year increases training to regain land warfare skills in areas other than the mountains and deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. “Specifically, [Special Operations forces] will place a renewed focus on battalion-level Security Force Assistance and Unconventional Warfare training in the jungle and forested environment,” according to Defense Department Comptroller documents.
(j) Special Operations Activities.— For purposes of this section, special operations activities include each of the following insofar as it relates to special operations:
(1) Direct action.
(2) Strategic reconnaissance.
(3) Unconventional warfare.
(4) Foreign internal defense.
(5) Civil affairs.
(6) Military information support operations.
(8) Humanitarian assistance.
(9) Theater search and rescue.
(10) Such other activities as may be specified by the President or the Secretary of Defense.