After a careful review of the SFSO Standard Operating Procedures Manual, the SFSO Command (SFSOCOM) along with the MACO Command Operations the following changes are effective immediately.
Forming a MACO SOU
1. All Operatives wishing to form a MACO unit can do so at any time. The requirement to start out as a Recon SOU has been rescinded.
2. All new MACO SOUs will request activation per the SFSO Activation Form Request on the SFSO website. These units will be designated as MACO Training Units. Once the requirements listed below are completed, the MACO Training Unit will be re-designated as an operational MACO SOU.
MACO Team Leaders must be as a minimum certified as a MACO Grade 4. MACO Team Leaders will have 1 year from the date that the MACO SOU became operational to be certified as a MACO Grade 6.
1/3 of all assigned Operatives must be certified as a MACO Grade 2. Once a MACO SOU gains additional Operatives, the SOU will have 6 months from the date the 1/3 ratio was activated to have any member certified as a MACO Grade 2. Example: A MACO SOU has 1 Operative which is the Team Leader who is already at least a MACO Grade 4. The SOU gains one new member. At this time no additional grade certifications are required. The SOU recruits another Operative, bring the total SOU assigned strength to 3. The grade certification still does not change because of the 3 assigned Operatives, 1 is the Team Leader. Now the SOU recruits another Operative, bring the SOU strength to 4. Now the 1/3 requirement kicks in because the unit now has 3 Operatives not including the Team Leader. Any of the 3 none certified Operatives must complete MACO Grade 2 within 6 months from the date that the third Operative joined the SOU.
If at any time that a MACO Unit does not maintain the above requirements, the MACO Command Operations will notify the SOU Team Leader that the unit has an additional 3 months to comply with the requirements as stated above. If the MACO SOU still has not reached the required conditions to remain as a MACO SOU, the SOU will be either re-designated to another SFSO branch component or be deactivated.
The SFSO Standard Operating Procedures Manual will reflect these changes during the manual’s re-write.
For any questions, please contact the DD(S) or myself.
Vice Admiral Paul C. Dyl
Assistant Director, SFSO