Operational Detachment Alpha
Special Forces Soldiers rely on stealth to complete their missions. Special Forces teams are generally organized into small, versatile groups, called Operational Detachment Alphas.
A typical ODA contains 12 team members, each with his own specialty: Weapons Sergeants, Communications Sergeants, Medical Sergeants and Engineering Sergeants. A Commander, Assistant Commander (Warrant Officer), Operations/Intelligence Sergeant and Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) complete the team. These teams can change according to the type of mission.
Each Soldier in an ODA is specially trained and cross-trained in different disciplines. See below for a brief job description for each ODA team member.