MACP Class

SOCP® (Special Operations Combatives Program®) is a realism based, task-specific system designed to bridge the gap between foundation training and the unique needs of the modern day Special Operations Units. 

 On 23 March, 2010 CG of USAJFKSWCS Major General Csrnko made “SOCP®”, and it’s establishment as the ARSOF Combatives program of record for CA/PO/SF with D Company/2nd BN/1st SWTG(A) directed to serve as the institutional/force SOCP® proponent. SOCP® is the designated combatives program for all U.S. Army Special Operations Forces.  ERB Codes:  (SOCP® I: BRT), (SOCP® II: FBR) SOCP® is now the standard program for fighting in kit.

SOCP® is currently being implemented at Special Forces Units 1st, 3rd, 5th,7th,10th, SWCS, Special Forces  advanced skills battalion, 75 Ranger Regiment, Marine RECON, MARSOC, Air force SERE, Para rescue  and is spreading  fast to other Special Units, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and other Federal and State Law Enforcement as well as Special Contract Unit.


SOCP® Core Concepts: 

What techniques are demonstrated in a SOCP® Course?

 *Fighting in Kit with weaponry

 *Weapon transition & retention standing or on ground

 *360 degree ambush attacks into and over objects 

 *Fighting multiple assailants solo or as a team

 *Compliant and non-compliant cuffing and vehicle extractions

 *Force continuum (lethal/less-than-lethal options)

 *Technique ‘linkage’


 Program Advantages: 

What are the advantages to this system?

  1. SOCP® represents nearly a decade of “end-user testing” and continues to evolve based on soldier 

(and team) requirements, and other necessities

  1. SOCP® compliments the existing Army Combatives System (MACP)
  2. SOCP® provides a task-specific skill set for the Special Operations soldier
  3. SOCP® techniques remain easy to teach, remember, and employ
  4. SOCP® provides much needed standardization of crucial skills (SOP creation/development)
  5. SOCP® has been implemented through various entities within USASFC and USAJFKSWCS, with great success


2009 MACP adopted SOCP®’s Post-Frame-Hook and 7:00 Technics standing and on the ground witch they call contact rear.

On 7-8 June 2010 MACP instructors were trained in SOCP® basic cuffing; the SOCP® cuffing techniques and vehicle extraction procedures will be added to MACP 

SOCP® provides much needed standardization of Compliant and non-compliant cuffing and vehicle extractions

SOCP® has been adopted by ATF and other SRT teams 

SOCP® has created the standard for Fighting in kit with weaponry

SOCP® has created the standard for Weapon transition and retention standing or on the ground

SOCP® has created the standard for 360 degree ambush attacks into and over objects

SOCP® has created the standard for fighting multiple assailants solo or as a team

SOCP® has created the standard for Force continuum (lethal/less-than-lethal options)


Ep 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program® With Greg Thompson


SOCP® Dagger - Benchmade 176/178 SOCP® Dagger Military Application

SOCP® Rescue Tool

SOCP® (Special Operations Combatives Program®)

SOCP® Creator Greg Thompson's Combative Tips

To evolve the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) Greg Thompson was asked to help. He volunteered his time to be videoed demonstrating cuff prisoner handling vehicle extractions, post, frame, hook and other techniques. The Techniques will go on a secure military site for soldiers and Instructors. He closed with lecturing on things that soldiers forget or get complaisant with.


I strongly recommend Mr. Greg Thompson for consideration as a primary trainer and/or advisor for any unit’s combative program. I am currently responsible for the planning and execution of the Army’s Special Forces advanced Close Quarters Battle program and for the past 3 years we have incorporated Mr. Thompson’s combative program into...
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I strongly recommend Mr. Greg Thompson for consideration as a primary trainer and advisor for any unit combatives program. As commander of Range 37 I have the responsibility to train and to familiarize all of our Special Forces assaulters on the most up to date and current techniques, tactics, and procedures. This includes a comprehensive combatives...
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It has been my personal and professional pleasure to be acquainted with Mr. Greg Thompson for more than ten years. As a fourteen year veteran of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, with service in the Ranger Regiment and Special Forces Group, and better than twenty years of martial arts training and experience, I have found the...
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“Training with Greg Thompson for the past 5 years has been the best thing that could have happened to me. Since I started training with Greg I have gone 6-1 in my professional mixed martial arts career. He has been my premier ground and Jiu Jitsu coach. During my time with Special Forces Greg has been the primary instructor for all combatives...
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Two words describe Greg Thompson: ability and wisdom. As a martial arts instructor, Greg Thompson is a rarity. He has the natural physical and mental abilities of a worldclass fighter and has the skills to back it up. His wisdom as an instructor is unsurpassed, having exceptional skills in all areas of martial arts, from weapons to all ranges...
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Greg Thompson’s H2H program is the Close Combat overhaul Special Forces has been waiting for! As an instructor for Close Combat at SFARTAETC I had to fill a void that was painfully obvious. Conducting Close Combat with full kit is an expected part of CQB but not properly trained for. . . Greg formalized a program that fit the CQB environment,...
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Greg has developed his programs based on the feedback of soldiers who have “been there and done that” in the Close Quarters setting of Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror . . . Greg Thompson is a true asset to the military or any other agency that he is acquainted with and I am honored to call him my friend.

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