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I personally have done this multiple times. Almost every deployment that I've been part of and I've over seventy eight months deployed. This is different, this is specifically the SFAB is specifically resourced in terms of both personnel and equipment to accomplish that specific mission so it's no longer ad hoc we are trained with respect to advisory skills as well as force protection skills in order to accomplish the mission.

In the people that are doing it are the people that have volunteered to do it and want to do and believe in this mission, that's the difference. The mission statement is something I absolutely believe in and I think it's something that is needed as far as the Army having a dedicated unit to do the advise-and-assist mission and so I've volunteered for it.

So the SFAB, as a mission statement is to take our conventional forces apply them against a long-term problem of improving partner capacity and our foreign partners. In the SFAB you'll do what you've been doing as a conventional force Soldier but you'll be focusing on providing your skills to your foreign partner. It's a great opportunity, one you're going to be surrounded by other folks just like.

That want to do your job, that are masters at their profession, and focused on the task at hand with minimal distractions you're gonna be going to environments where they're gonna want to you know hear what you got. They're going to want to you know be like, you and so it's a great opportunity that can grow as a Soldier and grow as a person.

Our manner of performance, our measure performance, if you will is how well our partners do in a cap in combat or in Afghanistan. It starts with warfighting competence so every one of the folks we hire in this organization are our you know experts in their field. If you're a fire supporter, you're a good fire support already.

What we rely on is within that that person already is the ability to as you said display empathy they have some patience, to have flexibility, to be able to communicate complex ideas within a cultural environment, to make sure it resonates with our partner. Then with that technical competence and that that kernel of you know personal attributes, you then build on that with through training.

The training we have science talks about you know how to communicate, you know how did it influence how to negotiate because in a lot of ways working with your partner's day to day negotiation. The amount of realism, in a level of detail, down to the smell I mean literally there were times I thought I was actually in Afghanistan.

You know whether it be you're in a local village, you're conducting and sure with key leaders, these storylines that went behind it to include the role players. That honestly if there's one huge takeaway I'd say about the training you know resources that JRTC see it be the role players.

As far as teaching coaching and mentoring as a noncommissioned officer it's in my blood. I think as far as the tactical piece, the maneuver piece, especially as an Infantryman I'm pretty good with doing that stuff. The intellectual piece, however, that comes with advising a host nation security force or the individual that I'm advising is really the next piece.

I've been in the Army ten years and I've been on the line the entire time ,so I feel like just my experience of how I dealt with be in Afghanistan and when I would things like them possibly change when I was used to help me train. I feel like I have a bigger role here to actually effect that and see it.

I talked about the art of advising, we always talk about the science and how we use culture in our advantage by acknowledging the our differences, but also finding commonalities in ways we can move forward together. I totally trust my soldiers, we have hired the best, we've resourced them for the mission that they've been assigned, we've trained them against the hardest aspects of their mission the the time for us to ploy is now.

We're ready I've never felt more ready for this particular mission set especially. I mean it's a great opportunity to do something different, work with some great Soldiers, a challenging environment, you know you've got a you've got an outcome that matters their purpose and that's all a Soldier can ask for.

I'm ready, I'm 100% ready.  

SFAB SOLDIERS ARE:

  • Proven leaders with high promotion potential
  • Mature self-starters who can operate independently
  • Master tacticians who can coach, teach, and mentor partnered foreign security forces
  • Ready to deploy at a moment’s notice
  • Willing to assume increased responsibility if the Army rapidly expands

SFAB TRAINING

SFAB Soldiers will be trained in the areas of cross cultural communication, building rapport, working with interpreters and negotiation.

SFAB Soldiers will also receive remedial training in land navigation, advanced medical care, communications, fire support, force protection measures, survival and personnel recovery.

The training course includes classroom instruction, practical exercises, and field environments. Psychological evaluations and peer evaluations will also be an integral part of the curriculum.

BENEFITS OF SERVING IN AN SFAB UNIT

SFAB Soldiers receive many exclusive cash incentives and benefits, including:

  • $5,000 Assignment Incentive Pay for enlisted personnel
  • Promotable Specialists (SPC) receive automatic promotion to Sergeant (SGT)
  • New Retention Bonuses available
  • An added $75 Special Duty Assignment Pay per month for enlisted personnel
  • Your choice of duty station when you complete your tour with the SFAB
  • Professional Military Education deferment for all NCOES
  • An additional Skill Identifier

SFAB ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

In order to qualify for the Security Force Assistance Brigade, you must

  • Maintain a secret security clearance
  • Score at least 240 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with a minimum of 70 points in each event
  • Have a PULHES of 111221 or better. Vision and hearing limitations must be correctable
  • Maintain your deployable status
  • Pass a rigorous two-day assessment or a command interview and be selected for service in an SFAB (SSG and below).
  • Soldiers at the rank of Sergeant First Class or above, who have completed a key and developmental (KD) assignment in their current grade, will conduct an interview with the SFAB leadership and will not be required to attend the assessment.
  • Successfully pass a background screening
     

Please review MILPER Number: 18-139 (CAC Login) to ensure the correct skill and grade to fill an authorized SFAB position.

HOW TO JOIN

Enlisted Soldiers must submit their completed and signed DA Form 4187 and SF 600 via electronic mail to the Human Resource Command (HRC) Enlisted Personnel Management Division (EPMD) SFAB Account Manager at: usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.epmd-sfab@mail.mil

Officers must log into the AIM2 portal at https://aim.hrc.army.mil and navigate to the SFAB tab. The DA Form 4187 and SF 600 are available for download.

Upon receipt of your volunteer packet, HRC will verify that you meet the minimum selection criteria and conduct a background check. This process may take up to two weeks, depending on the volume of volunteer packets received.

If all criteria are met, HRC will forward your contact information to an SFAB representative, who will contact you to schedule an interview.

SFAB FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CAC OR DS LOGIN REQUIRED)

SFAB SOCIAL NETWORKS

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