The fifth truth of Special Operations Forces is that “Most special operations require non-SOF support.”
This fifth and final truth is unique in two regards: First, it doesn’t actually focus on SOF personnel. Second, it was suppressed for more than two decades.
The SOF Truths were originally written by Col. John M. Collins, an officer who was not a SOF operator but was asked to draft a list of unifying truths about America’s most elite fighting units. However, for over 21 years, only four of these truths were being promulgated to the military. Then, in 2009, the commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) brought the long-forgotten and ignored fifth truth back into focus.