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INITIAL ENTRY ACTIVE DUTY REQUIREMENTS

Soldiers interested in joining PSYOP must meet the following initial Active Duty entry requirements:

  • Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score of 240 or higher minimum of 60 points in each event (SM age group)
  • Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) score of 85 or higher (waiverable)
  • Run three to six miles at a nine-minute per mile pace.
  • Complete a 12-18 mile road march with a 35-pound rucksack
  • Demonstrate the skills to lead a small team during periods of mental and physical stress
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze a problem and develop a solution, both individually and as a member of team
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • You must be willing to volunteer for Airborne Training
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen

IN-SERVICE ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED REQUIREMENTS

If you are a currently serving Soldier, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be ranked between private first class (PFC) to sergeant (SGT) non-promotable
  • Staff sergeants (SSG) are eligible to apply with a waiver
  • You must have a minimum of 18 months in service
  • You must have no more than 10 years combined active federal service
  • You must have a GT score of 107 or higher
  • You must have an APFT score of 240 or higher minimum of 60 points in each event (SM age group)
  • Run three to six miles at a nine-minute per mile pace
  • Complete a 12-18 mile road march with a 35-pound rucksack
  • You must have a DLAB Score of 85 or higher (waiverable)
  • You must be Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer for Airborne training
  • You must have 36 months of service remaining
  • You must have no UCMJ actions within 24 months of attending PSYOP Assessment and Selection
  • You must possess or be eligible for a Secret Security Clearance

BENEFITS AND REWARDS

Along with the general benefits of Army service, PSYOP Soldiers receive special pay for learning a foreign language, and graduating from airborne school. They also enjoy worldwide assignments and operate on tightknit teams with a higher operation tempo than conventional Army Soldiers. PSYOP Soldiers are
regionally aligned and develop cross-cultural competence in the areas they
study and deploy to.

  • Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (up to $1000 a month)
  • Specialized and advanced training in social media, marketing and other communication techniques
  • Unique missions in  varied interagency environments
  • 30 Days of vacation per year
  • Complete medical and dental care
  • Enhanced leadership skills

 

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