Special Forces Assessment
and Selection (SFAS)
Special Forces Qualification
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and the three phases of the SF qualification course.
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Current information from US Army Personnel
The Special Forces accessions cycle
is a two-part program which first assesses in-service
volunteers and then sends selected high quality applicants
to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Because Special Forces entry level is at the staff
sergeant level, Special Forces training builds on
the experience gained through service in other career
management fields (preferably combat arms) to develop
skills and knowledge on subjects required to perform
primarily in an unconventional warfare role. Special
emphasis is placed on cross-cultural sensitivity and
language training. Accessions into CMF 18 are handled
through an in-service recruiting effort by the United
States Army Recruiting Command.
Special Forces training is available
for all male soldiers with any MOS, however, combat
arms is preferred. Applicants must be in the rank
of SPC(P) through SSG and meet the course criteria
as outlined in AR 614-200, Chapter 6, Section IV,
Selection of Enlisted Soldiers for Training and Assignment.
Information is currently being updated in AR 600-8.
Once an applicant's packet has been approved by the
SF recruiting team, he will be scheduled to attend
the Special Forces Selection and Assessment Course
(SFAS). The SFAS is a three week TDY and return course
designed to screen suitable candidates for the Special
Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). Upon successful
completion of the SFAS a board directs which MOS each
soldier will be trained in based on preference, aptitude,
and needs of the force. Applicants are scheduled for
a PCS move (with airborne training enroute if necessary)
to attend the SFQC. Course lengths vary from 24-55
weeks, depending on the MOS.
Application procedures. Applications
for training should be forwarded to the Special Forces
recruiting team at:
Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5000
Soldiers interested in the program
are encouraged to contact the recruiting team to obtain
information and assistance on the entire application
and training process at DSN 239-1818 or commercial