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Special Forces

Special Forces Soldiers operate on a 12-man team known as Operational Detachment Alpha. Each Soldier in an ODA has a specialty job, like 18B Weapons Sergeant, 18C Engineer Sergeant, or 18D Medical Sergeant. The Soldiers are also cross-trained in other jobs for maximum effectiveness in an operational environment.

In order to become a Special Forces Soldier, you must complete several rigorous training courses. The Special Operations Preparation Course (SOPC) is a 30-day program that focuses on fitness training and honing land navigation techniques.

SOPC serves as a primer for Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), a 21-day survival-training program. Candidates who successfully complete SFAS can move on to the Special Forces Qualification Course, which is designed to develop Special Forces Soldiers into experts in unconventional warfare.

Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)

Special Operations have a designated aviation unit: the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), also known as the Night Stalkers.  As its nickname suggests, SOAR Soldiers are recognized for their proficiency in nighttime operations.

SOAR is searching for qualified aviators, crewmembers and support personnel.  Prospective SOAR Soldiers must complete basic mission qualification courses, known as Green Platoon, which are facilitated by the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion.

 Other qualifications:

  • You must be trained in an authorized MOS
  • You must qualify for a secret security clearance
  • You must pass a standard APFT and be I/A/W AR 600-9
  • You must be financially stable

75th Ranger Regiment

The 75th Ranger Regiment is looking for motivated Soldiers. Prospective Rangers must attend the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program. If selected, you qualify for additional training, like the Ranger First Responder, the Ranger Language Program, Army Ranger School and others.