Thinking About Joining the
Prepare Mentally and
As you grapple with the pros and
cons of volunteering for Special Forces, you have to include a
very critical self-assessment in your decision. You may have the
physical and mental capacity to qualify for Special Forces, but
you must also be able to accept its customs and values if you
are going to make a career commitment to it.
It all starts with your training.
By conscious design, you share your qualification training with
the NCOs with whom you will share your years in Special Forces.
In only one phase of training are the officers separated from
the NCOs. By sharing, you begin a bonding process with these
outstanding soldiers that is unique to Special Forces, a
closeness that endures through many years of sharing with them
the rigors of tough missions. Your strengths as well as your
weaknesses are far more visible to your NCOs in this kind of
environment, as theirs are to you, and you must be sure that
you're ready for it. In fact, you should prefer it that way.
You must also have the kind of
personality that allows you to find professional reward and
satisfaction away from center stage. Your personal ethics and
values must be impeccable. Strong moral character and integrity
are a must in this branch of service.
Think you can cut it? If you are
currently a member of the U.S. Army, and you meet the rank
criteria (Sergeant E-5 or above/Captain O-4) you can volunteer.
But before you do, make sure you do the following:
Acceptance in Special Forces means
that an individual joins one of the Army's most distinguished
and unique organizations. He wears the Green Beret and the
silver wings of a parachutist. He is recognized around the world
as a highly skilled professional soldier.
- Stay in a high state of
- Learn about your basic branch
and the Army at large.
- Become a master of your branch
- battalion level and below.
- Develop a second language
- Special Forces is a
combat-arms branch. You must be familiar with the infantry
capabilities and skills in which you will be trained.
Ready to join? Contact the Special
Operations Recruiting Detachment, Fort Bragg for what your
next steps should be.
For more information on Special
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School
Ft. Bragg, NC 28307-5000
Special Forces Recruiting Teams:
101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY 42223-6209
Special Forces Recruiting Team
PO Box 33903
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
Europe Recruiting Station:
HHC, 1st PERSCOM
ATTN: SF Recruiting
APO AE 09081
You can also check out these
To get the number of the nearest
recruiter, dial 1-800-USA-ARMY ext. 499.
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