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37F Psychological Operations Specialist

PSYOP ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION (POAS)

Soldiers interested in becoming PSYOP specialists must first pass an initial 10-day course that will test their psychological, intellectual and physical aptitude – all at the same time.

This course is designed to test candidates for their suitability as Psychological Operations Soldiers. Candidates will be expected to undergo intense physical fitness training, psychological assessments and individual, as well as team problem solving exams.

PSYOP QUALIFICATION COURSE (POQC)

After passing PSYOP Assessment and Selection, Soldiers will move on to the Psychological Operations Specialist Course (POSC), where they will learn the core operational abilities required of PSYOP Soldiers, including foreign language training, tactical military intelligence, and cultural analysis. The course has several phases, and lasts about 43 weeks.

ORIENTATION – PHASE 1

2 Weeks
The orientation phase of PSYOP qualification is designed to provide Soldiers with an overall understanding of military psychological operations and their overall role as special operations Soldiers. Soldiers will learn the history of psychological operations, along with other key psychological concepts. Soldiers will also be expected to have a marksmanship qualification and Airborne certification.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS LANGUAGE TRAINING – PHASE 2

25 Weeks
The longest portion of PSYOP qualification, language training is designed to give Soldiers a basic speaking and listening proficiency in a foreign language. Soldiers are also expected to learn the regional culture and politics of the societies of that language. During this phase of qualification, class sizes are generally small and learning is self-paced.

SPECIALIST COURSE – PHASE 3

6 Weeks
The PSYOP Specialist Course, also known as PSYOP Core, is an introduction into the core doctrine and methodologies of Military Information Support Operations (MISO), one of the key functions of psychological operations. In the first phase of the course, Soldiers will take the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and an Airborne training refresher. The remainder of the course will focus on providing Soldiers with core skills in human engagement, and advanced interpersonal communications, along with skills in demographic and target audience research.

Finally, Soldiers in this phase of training will be expected to learn key adaptive leadership techniques that will assist them during missions.

REGIONAL ANALYSIS – PHASE 4

4 Weeks
During this phase, Soldiers will receive more in-depth cultural and societal training related to their language specialty. This course will also train Soldiers on how to respond to variable operational environments, and apply their training to their specific region. They will also learn to identify national interests in the specific region and will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the region’s history and current events.

INTERAGENCY TRAINING – PHASE 5

4 Weeks
During this phase, PSYOP Soldiers will take part in a MISO culmination exercise that coordinates intelligence efforts with other U.S. Department of Defense intelligence agencies. This course is intended to reinforce core MISO operational doctrine.

GRADUATION

1 Week
Psychological Soldiers who have made it this far are given their final course feedback and awarded the 37F Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). After their graduation ceremony, Soldiers will be given their duty assignments.

 

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