CA Training

Civil Affairs Training Overview

Officer Applicants
Officers selected at the ARSOF Panel will attend Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection (CAAS) which is a 10 day TDY and Return course at Fort Bragg, NC. Officers selected at CAAS will PCS to the ARSOF CCC (12 weeks) at Fort Bragg, NC with Airborne School en route (as required). After successful completion of ARSOF CCC, Officers will attend the next available Civil Affairs Pathway (Qualification Course).

NCO Applicants
NCOs selected at Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection (CAAS) will attend Airborne School prior to their PCS to Fort Bragg, NC. If required, NCOs will attend ARSOF BLC (3 weeks) prior to attendance at the Civil Affairs Pathway (Qualification Course). Those who opt in for the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) Course will be offered the option to attend prior to CA Pathways.

Civil Affairs Pathways consists of multiple phases over 43 weeks of training (not including Airborne or early reports for CCC or NCOES).
All phases are conducted at Ft. Bragg, NC.

3 weeks - Intro to CA
25 weeks - SOF Language Training
4 weeks - Regional Training
8 weeks - CA Core Curriculum (Officers in CA Team Leader Pathway; NCOs in CA Specialist Pathway)
3 weeks - CULEX

The language you learn will be based off of your DLAB score and operational requirements.

CAT I: (DLAB 65-89) Spanish, French, Portuguese
CAT II: (DLAB 90-94) Indonesian
CAT III: (DLAB 95-99) Tagalog, Thai, Russian, Persian Farsi
CATIV: (DLAB 100 +) Korean, Levantine, Arabic, Chinese, Egyptian.

Advanced Training Opportunities

  • Special Operations Combat Medic Course and Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant Course (Enlisted Only)
  • Special Operations Construction Course (Enlisted Only)
  • Special Operations Contracted Training
  • Joint Special Operations University Courses
  • Special Warfare Network Development Course
  • Special Warfare Operational Design Course
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College ARSOF Degree Program (Associate's Degree)
  • National Defense University (Master's Degree)
  • Naval Postgraduate School (Master's Degree)

Civil Affairs Medics

Enlisted Soldiers selected at Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection (CAAS) will have the opportunity to volunteer for the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) and Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeants Course (SOCAMS) regardless of their primary MOS. You do not need to be a 68W to attend SOCM. CA Medics learn unique skills at SOCM and SOCAMS which make them an vital member of a Civil Affairs Team particularly in austere environments with their proficiency in trauma, preventative, dental, veterinary, and internal medicine.

Course Descriptions

SOCM - The Special Operations Combat Medic Course is a 9-month intensive medical training course conducted at Fort Bragg, NC which includes Soldiers from Civil Affairs, Special Forces, 75th Ranger Regiment, Navy SEALS, Surface Warfare Combat Crewmen, and 160th SOAR flight medics. SOCM qualifies enlisted service members as highly trained combat medics with the necessary skills to provide initial medical and trauma care and to sustain a casualty for up to 72 hours if needed before evacuation occurs. SOCM graduates will also receive civilian qualifications in EMT-Basic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support (ATRRS Course Code: 300-ASIW1)

SOCAMS - The Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeant (SOCAMS) Course is a challenging seven week program of instruction with an emphasis on the assessment, planning, collaboration and execution of routine, emergency, veterinary, and preventive medicine civil-military operations as a Civil Affairs Team Medic in collaboration with host nation government, security forces, non governmental organizations, and U.S. Government agencies. This course is designed to foster critical thinking skills, adaptability and teamwork through didactic instruction, virtual interaction, discussion and hands-on performance based training relevant to Medical Stability Operations. The course content consists of Civil Information Management, Medical Information and Intelligence, Civil Medical Engagements, Civil Reconnaissance, Occupational and Environmental Assessments, arthropod-home disease risk, host nation food and water risk management, and veterinary/agricultural studies. (ATRRS Course Code: 300-F20)

Additional Skill Identifier (ASI): Graduates are awarded ASI W1 upon completion of SOCM and ASI W4 upon completion of SOCAMS.