What is SOCP?

Knives Illustrated - - Outside The Wire -

Since March 2010, the Greg Thomp­son-de­signed SOCP (Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­bat­ives Pro­gram) has been the first of­fi­cially adopted and fully im­ple­mented com­bat­ives pro­gram by U.S. Army Spe­cial Forces and is now re­garded as a pre­req­ui­site skillset for any spe­cial op­er­a­tor or as­saulter. One of the most re­mark­able as­pects of the SOCP model is that de­vel­op­ment and evo­lu­tion of the pro­gram grows from the “field up” rather than from the in­struc­tor, down. The end-users, some of the most elite soldiers in the world, test the pro­gram in ac­tual com­bat. Thomp­son’s re­la­tion­ship with the Spe­cial Forces com­mu­nity pro­vides con­tin­u­ous mis­sion-spe­cific feed­back that drives the evo­lu­tion of SOCP and its an­cil­lary pro­grams and tools, like the SOCP se­ries of Bench­made knives and tools.

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