'Special Operations Combatives Program' (SOCP) is the hand-to-hand techniques and training of the US Army's special forces. It was the Hand-to-Hand Combat of the US Army Rangers
SOCP is a realism based, task-specific system designed to build upon the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) training, with techniques geared to the needs of a Special Forces soldier. It incorpates a number of different techniques, including strikes, ground fighting, personnel control, restraint escape, and weapons application in close quarters combat.
SOCP was developed by Greg Thompson following the War on Terror. As operators returned from the field, they would discuss with Thompson the tactical problems they encountered, that over time tended to show a predictable pattern: a surprise attack on an operator by an individual which takes place in the residence of a high value target (HVT). These characteristics, as they were identified, were combined to form the SOCP Core Concepts:
- Fighting in kit with weaponry
- Weapon transition and retention, standing or on the ground
- 360 ambush attacks into and over objects
- Fighting multiple assailants solo or as a team
- Compliant and non-complaint cuffing and vehicle extraction
- Force continuum (Lethal/less-than-lethal options)
- Technique "linkage"