Special Forces Department
JFK Special Warfare Center and
School (JFK SWC)
COMMON SKILLS TRAINING
Common skills training includes
advanced map reading and land navigation, patrolling, survival
air operations, special operations techniques and miscellaneous
general subjects. The emphasis is on training which enables the
student to navigate, operate and survive in isolated, rugged
terrain, day or night, by himself. Common skills training is
conducted primarily at Camp Mackall, a training area 35 miles
southwest of Fort Bragg.
Specialty training is primarily
designed to make students technically proficient in their field.
However, rigorous physical training and field exercises are
incorporated into the training to ready the students for the
physical and mental stresses they will encounter in later phases
of their qualification course and in operations when they join
For the Special Operations
Weapons Sergeant, MOS training emphasizes light and heavy
infantry weapons, anti-armor weapons and operations training
related to the weapons sergeant's duties on the Special Forces A
detachment. Students learn to recognize and use a wide variety
of foreign-made weapons from both allied and hostile nations, as
well as US-made weapons.
Training with United States
weapons includes the use of obsolete items that are prevalent
among third-world nations which have received military
assistance from the United States. Weapons training also
includes small-unit tactics of both the United States and
The student in the Engineer
Qualification Course receives instruction in the use of a wide
variety of explosives: U.S. military and civilian, foreign-made
and "homemade." He learns other destructive techniques
for use against targets not readily accessible to attack by
explosives and weapons.
He also learns engineer rigging
and construction techniques which enable an operations
detachment to assist indigenous populations to build housing,
schools and hospitals; install practical and safe sanitation and
potable water systems, grade roads and build bridges. He learns
to use a wide variety of construction materials and tools to
accomplish this mission.
The Special Operations Medical
Sergeant attends an advanced medical training course at the
Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before
entering training at Fort Bragg. The training at Fort Bragg
enables the Special Operations Medical NCO to provide medical
and veterinary care in operational situations where usual health
care professionals, military or civilian, are not available.
The Special Operations
Communications Sergeant learns to operate and maintain several
types of radios using a wide variety of antennas and other
systems. He learns techniques needed to transmit messages over
long distances and avoid detection of his signals by the enemy.
He is required to gain a proficiency in the use of International
Morse Code and in voice and radio. transmission procedures.
Students learn riot only in the
classroom, but in rugged terrain, using "real-world"
atmospheric conditions and distances.
The Detachment Officer Course
qualifies students to serve as Special Forces detachment
officers. In addition to learning the planning and leadership
techniques necessary to direct and employ the other special
operations experts on their learns, students learn the
principles, strategies and tactics of unconventional warfare,
foreign internal defense, strike operations and strategic
reconnaissance, which are the missions of Special Forces.
They also learn to support other
special operations activities such as psychological operations
and civil affairs. They undergo the same rigorous physical
training and stress situations as the enlisted students and
become thoroughly familiar with NCO skills.
The field training exercise
integrates and reinforces both specialty and common skills
training. Students are organized into operating detachments to
practice, in a realistic environment, all the training
previously received. They have the opportunity to deal with
simulated "guerrillas" as they would in an operational
situation. Students are hunted by "enemy" forces and
attack targets manned by live defenders. Upon finishing the
field exercise, the students are ready for the operations they
will conduct after graduation as members of one of the Special
Operations Warrant Officer Technical Certification Course
The Special Forces Department
also teaches the Special Operations Warrant Officer Technical
Certification Course. The course gives its students, who have
served as Special Forces NCOs and have already completed the
Army's basic warrant officer course, additional training In
special operations command structure, mission, and doctrine.
Graduates serve as executive officers on Special Forces
operational detachments following their commissioning as warrant
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