Special Forces Training Overview
What is SFAS?
The 24-day SFAS Course assesses and selects soldiers for attendance at the SFQC. This course uses a “Whole Soldier” selection process that assesses each candidate for six attributes that are important for all Special Forces Soldiers. These attributes are intelligence, trainability, physical fitness, motivation, influence, and judgment.
All candidates participate in a variety of activities designed to place them under various forms of physical and mental stress. It assesses potential and qualities through behavioral observation, analysis via performance measure, and recording data. All tasks are performed in a neutral environment with limited information and no performance feedback.
What is the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)?
The SFQC teaches and develops the skills necessary for effective utilization of the SF Soldier. Duties in CMF 18 primarily involve participation in Special Operations interrelated fields of unconventional warfare. These include foreign internal defense and direct action missions as part of a small operations team or detachment. Duties at other levels involve command, control, and support functions. Frequently, duties require regional orientation, to include foreign language training and in-country experience. The SF places emphasis not only on unconventional tactics, but also knowledge of nations in waterborne, desert, jungle, mountain, or arctic operations.
After successful completion of SFAS, officers will attend the Army Special Operations Forces Captain's Career Course. Enlisted Soldiers will return to their home station and await receipt of PCS orders to Fort Bragg, NC.