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U.S. Army Special Forces
"The Green Berets"

Thinking About Joining the Special Forces?

Prepare Mentally and Physically

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:

  • Stay in a high state of physical fitness.
  • Learn about your basic branch and the Army at large.
  • Become a master of your branch - battalion level and below.
  • Develop a second language capability early.
  • Special Forces is a combat-arms branch. You must be familiar with the infantry capabilities and skills in which you will be trained.
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.

Ready to join? Contact the Special Operations Recruiting Detachment, Fort Bragg for what your next steps should be.

For more information on Special Forces, contact:

John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School
Attention: AMU-SP-R
Ft. Bragg, NC 28307-5000

DSN #239-1818
(919) 432-1818

Special Forces Recruiting Teams:

101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY 42223-6209

(502) 439-4390
DSN 635-9818

Special Forces Recruiting Team
PO Box 33903
Fort Lewis, WA 98433

(206) 964-1001
DSN 357-8710

Europe Recruiting Station:

ATTN: SF Recruiting
APO AE 09081

DSN 379-6558/6559

You can also check out these links:

To get the number of the nearest recruiter, dial 1-800-USA-ARMY ext. 499.



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