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Our world is becoming increasingly dangerous as traditional governments are failing and oppressive regimes take their place spreading chaos and turmoil.

Today’s warfighter must continue to adapt to unfamiliar environments and technological advancements used by our adversaries in ungoverned areas.

It is exactly in these ungoverned areas of the world where Army Special Operations Forces operate and excel – known around the globe as Green Berets, each Special Forces Soldier possesses unique skills and qualifications to maintain a continuous presence overseas making them the force of choice for any contingency.

Green Berets are individually selected and specially trained through the Army’s most rigorous selection program. The first step required to embark on this journey is to volunteer, and then, never quit. A true quiet professional knows that wearing the Green Beret says more about you than you could ever say about yourself.

Enlisted volunteers must complete Basic Combat Training, followed by Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School, before they can attend the Special Forces Assessment Selection or SFAS. SFAS is also where Soldier volunteers from within the Army ranks begin their path to becoming a Green Beret.

Completion of SFAS leads to entry into Special Forces Qualification Course, or “Q” course.  The Q course consists of six phases: Orientation, Small Unit Tactics, Military Occupational Specialty training for officers; (pause) NCO’s or enlisted volunteers receive training in Unconventional Warfare, Language, and Military Free Fall. For Military Occupational Specialty training, Officers focus on leadership planning and NCOs or enlisted volunteers receive specialty training on Weapons, Engineering, Medical, or Communications, dependent on Soldier aptitude.  

This training is intense and designed to test the whole person – not just strength or tactical skills, but also intellectual and social skills. Tactical unconventional skills required to coerce, disrupt, or work with a Guerilla Force in the overthrow of a hostile government or occupying power are cornerstones of the training. Upon completion of training a Soldier will have earned the right to wear the Green Beret.

Upon completion of the Q-Course, new Green Berets are assigned to an Operational Detachment Alpha, or ODA, which is comprised of 12 Soldiers, each with a specific skill and duty.

With a rewarding career path like no other, Special Forces Soldiers are also given ample opportunities for advancement and additional training which includes: HALO, Scuba, and other advanced training (Intel, Surveillance, THOR 3, and civilian clothes type footage here).

On an ODA, your newly acquired skills are put to the test as you bond with your new team. You will be expected to adapt to any situation from operating in a denied area as part of a small team to advising diplomats and interagency partners within an embassy. You will work hard, train hard, and depend on each other to accomplish the mission, regardless of where it may take you. Throughout this journey, your SF (teammates) will become your second family creating a timeless unbreakable bond.

The need is great for those who can rise to the challenge, we are looking for volunteers who possess courage, integrity, perseverance, and the desire to answer the calling of the Soldier Elite – De Oppresso Liber  … To Free the Oppressed.

United States Army Special Forces. Embrace the Challenge!

Are you up to the Challenge?

Special Forces Candidate (18X)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Special Forces candidates are given the opportunity to become a member of one of the most highly skilled combat forces in the world. They must complete and endure the extensive mental/physical training in order to join the Army elite.

Job Duties

There are four entry-level Special Forces Military Occupational Specialties. Your specialty will be decided on your background, aptitude and the needs of the Army:

  • Special Forces weapons sergeants: capable of using a wide variety of light/heavy infantry weapons and tactics
  • Special Forces engineer sergeants: specialists in a wide range of disciplines such as construction, demolition and Logistical operations
  • Special Forces medical sergeants: considered to be the finest first-response/trauma medical technicians in the world
  • Special Forces communications sergeants: operate every kind of communications gear, from encrypted satellite communications systems to UHF/VFH systems


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Special Forces candidates attend Infantry One Station Unit Training, which combines Army Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in a 22-week course.

Upon graduation, Special Forces Candidates will attend Airborne Training, followed by a 4-week Special Forces Preparation Course and the Special Forces Assessment and Selection program. This program allows Special Forces an opportunity to assess each Soldier’s capabilities by testing his physical, emotional and mental stamina.

If the recruit passes, he moves on to the Special Forces Qualification Course to develop the necessary skills of a Special Forces Soldier. The course is currently divided into the following:

  • Individual Skills Development: 14 weeks of training in common skills, land navigation, tactics, MOS Qualification, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course
  • Skills Application and Collective Training: 11 weeks of training in Special Operations, Direct Action, Isolation, Air Operations and Unconventional Warfare classes culminating in the arduous Robin Sage exercise
  • Language and Cultural Training: 24 weeks of classroom and practice exercises designed to educate the Special Forces Soldier
  • Military Free Fall (MFF) School: 4 weeks of training at the infamous Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona to qualify Special Forces Soldiers as MFF Parachutists

*Language Training: Languages are assigned in relation to the scores from the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test

Other areas include:

  • Language Training: Languages are assigned in relation to the scores from the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test
  • Survival Training: The survival, evasion, resistance and escape course

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Ability to stay in top physical condition
  • Interest in weapons and artillery
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Technical (GT): 110, Combat (CO): 100

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

National Guard Opportunity

Special Forces careers are available in the Army National Guard. Positions include Special Forces (SF) jobs, as well as Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations (PSYOP) jobs that support Green Berets. Click here to learn more.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in many forms of government service. Your Special Forces background will make you a very competitive applicant.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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