SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES EXERCISE CHALLENGE 2019  EXERCISE, CROSS TRAINING AND COMPETITION
May 26th - 31st, Madeira archipelago

ABOUT SOFEC 2019

Special Operations Forces Exercise Challenge 2019 (SOFEC19) is a  Portuguese Armed Forces exercise conduct through the Special Operations Planning Unit of the Joint Command for Military Operations in coordination with the three military branches and Madeira Operational Command.

Designed and planned to enhance the interaction between national and Allied Special Operations Forces (SOF). All activities will take place within a tactical scenario, allowing the participating teams to simultaneously perform an Exercise, a Cross-training and a Competition.

The exercise will be held on May 26 until May 31, in Madeira archipelago.

This year first edition has the participation of the Navy, Army and Portuguese Air Force, Republican National Guard and Maritime Police, and military forces from Brazil, East Timor, France, Romania and Spain, involving a workforce of over 200 military.


SOF TRUTHS

  • Humans are more important than hardware;
  • Quality is better than quantity;
  • SOF cannot be mass produced;
  • Competent SOF cannot be created after emergencies occur;
    • Most Special Operations require non-SOF support.