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The training you’ll complete as a Civil Affairs Soldier varies based on how you join the team. If you join Civil Affairs as a new Army recruit, you’ll follow the Initial Entry Training Pathway (IEPT). If you’re already serving as an active-duty Non-Commissioned Officer or Officer, you’ll complete the requirements of the In-Service Accessions program.


Phase 1: One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO–14 Weeks

As a future Civil Affairs Soldier, you’ll begin your training by attending the same One Station Unit Training Course as a Combat Engineer (12B). This course combines Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (specialized career training) and was selected for its focus on combat tactics and reconnaissance— key tactics needed for deployment as a Civil Affairs Soldier.

Phase 2: Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA–3 Weeks

The Basic Airborne School trains paratroopers to conduct airborne military operations. During this course, you’ll train alongside members of other Armed Forces and learn to safely jump from an aircraft.

Phase 3: Civil Affairs Assessment & Selection Preparatory Course at Fort Bragg, NC–2 Weeks

The Civil Affairs Assessment & Selection Preparatory course tests your mental and physical agility and prepares you to work as part of a team. You’ll complete intense mental and physical conditioning during this phase as you get ready for the upcoming selection process.

Phase 4: Civil Affairs Assessment & Selection at Fort Bragg, NC–1 Week and 4 Days (In-Service Applicants Start Here)

The Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection course assesses your character, courage, commitment, and intellect. It will also evaluate your ability to handle the types of situations you may face in the field.

If you are not ultimately selected to join Civil Affairs during this phase, you will be assigned to a unit as a qualified 12B Combat Engineer.

Phase 5: Army Special Operations Forces Basic Leaders Course at Fort Bragg, NC–3 Weeks

The Army Special Operations Forces Basic Leaders Course teaches you the basic skills needed to lead small teams of Soldiers and provides the core Army leadership skills that prepare you to advance to the rank of Sergeant.

Phase 6: Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Fort Bragg, NC–Four Separate Courses lasting a total of 44-51 Weeks

The Civil Affairs Qualification Course combines in-classroom study in Army doctrine and conflict operations, field training exercises, and an organized problem-solving simulation in a fictionalized country within Fort Bragg.

During this critical and challenging phase, you will also learn the language to which you have been assigned. Languages include Russian, French, Indonesian, and Spanish, multiple dialects of Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, Persian-Farsi, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Phase 7: Civil Affairs Assignment and Advanced Training

Upon graduation from the Civil Affairs Qualification Course, enlisted Soldiers are assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Bragg. Officers are assigned to either the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade or the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Bragg. Both the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion deploy worldwide in support of Army operations.

For those Soldiers who choose the pathway of the Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant, additional training will need to be completed prior to graduation from the Civil Affairs Qualification Course.


Special Operations Combat Medic Course–36 weeks

The Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) Course produces the best first-response and trauma medical technicians in the U.S. military. You’ll train with an emphasis on trauma medicine field care but will also receive instruction on pharmacology, cardiac support, dentistry, veterinary care, and optometry.

You will also complete two clinical rotations, serving in a hospital’s emergency room working with staff and providing care to patients. Additionally, you’ll work with EMS crews, responding to real-world emergencies and calls within cities.

Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant Course–8 weeks

The Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant Course trains you to plan and execute routine, emergency, and preventive medicine operations as a Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant. This training is unique to the Civil Affairs mission and is extremely critical to mission success and team survival while conducting missions abroad.