SF Training

Special Forces Training Overview

The career management field (CMF) 18 includes positions concerned with the employment of highly specialized elements to accomplish specifically directed missions in times of peace and war. Many of these missions are conducted at times when employment of conventional military forces is not feasible or is not considered in the best interest of the United States. Training for and participation in these missions are arduous, somewhat hazardous, and are often sensitive in nature. For these reasons it is a prerequisite that every prospective “Green Beret” successfully completes the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) to be selected for the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) and complete the Special Forces training.

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.

The SFQC is comprised of six phases that are described below.