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Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (18C)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Special forces engineer sergeants are specialists across a wide range of disciplines, from demolitions and constructions of field fortifications to topographic survey techniques.

Job Duties

  • Perform and teach tasks in demolitions, explosives, field fortification, bridging, rigging, reconnaissance and civil action projects
  • Interpret maps, overlays, photos and charts
  • Carry out demolition raids against enemy military targets, such as bridges, railroads and fuel depots
  • Employ warfare tactics and techniques in infantry operations

Requirements

Special forces engineer sergeants have very demanding physical requirements. Good eyesight, night vision and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via parachute, land or water. Also required is excellent hand-eye coordination to detonate or deactivate explosives.

In most instances, special forces engineer sergeants are required to be qualified divers, parachutists and endurance runners.

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.

Training

Due to the wide variety of missions, special forces engineer sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat.

Training for the special forces engineer sergeant consists of 44 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises.

Some of the skills you learn are:

  • Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving
  • Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
  • Handling and using explosives
  • Bomb and mine disposal

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

Compensation

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

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

As a special forces engineer sergeant, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. The skills you acquire during your training as a special forces engineer sergeant will prepare you for a future civilian career in law enforcement.

The extensive leadership training you’ll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management position in the corporate world.

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