Special Forces Officer

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  1. 2012Cadet

    2012Cadet Member

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    For officers, what does the SF training selection board look for when selecting those officers to attend SF training? (Note: not basic prerequisites, but extras that help your chances of being selected such as fluency in foreign lang)
     
  2. wannabe2013

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    Based on there general mission I would think foreign language would be important but so is physical fitness and leadership...you can't get to SF until 1Lt(promotable) and then you START your package.
    So you're a freshman in high school...
    Focus on doing well and having fun in High School(it has just hit me that my life as a kid is over in about 4 months) then focus on getting to the Military Academy, then being in the top of your class there doing some cool schools during trainings that most non-Academy officers can't do, then do AMAZINGLY as an officer and listen to your NCOs, then make a good application and put your heart into Q-course...its a long road and you get there one step at a time
     
  3. wannabe2013

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    Search ScreamingEagle on this forum and read EVERYTHING he ever wrote...he's now an Infantry Officer/USMA grad and I think he had an interest in SF but I'm not 100% sure...
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    SF...

    Well...a classmate of mine from USAFA...

    He's a Captain in the USN...

    And a SEAL.
     
  5. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    did he do a service transfer upon graduation?
     
  6. devildog55

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    A majority of SEAL officers are selected though USNA. USMC SOF officers must serve in an infantry battalion before applying to go Recon. I cant say for any other services. Good luck.
     
  7. DMeix

    DMeix Retired Staff Member

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    I dunno where you're getting that from. According to Stew Smith, there are a lot more coming from STA-21 and OCS, mostly guys with enlisted experience. Think...if they could have their choice of a green 22 yr old or a veteran 27 yr old leading a team, they'd take the guy with experience any day.

    As for Army SF, Dick Couch (author of The Warrior Elite and Down Range) has a similar book called Chosen Soldier about SF training. I looked through a friend's copy while in Alaska last month...it's a pretty good read if you're interested in that stuff.
     
  8. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    My classmate attended UDT training during our time at the academy and was SO impressed with the BUDS instructors that he decided he wanted to be one of them.

    So he cross-commissioned at graduation and went NAVY and straight to BUDS...

    The rest is history.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  9. 2012Cadet

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    Yes, I agree...I is a very good read...how good is that 'Get Selected For Special Forces' by: Maj. Martin?
     
  10. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I have a classmate training for SEALS now. He's through hell week.
     
  11. devildog55

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    I meant from the civilian side. I assumed he isnt going to enlist as a SEAL first. The guys at airwarriors said there is little chance to become a SEAL officer from the civilian side going into OCS.

    That maybe so for a 0203 but I assumed he wanted to be an infantry 0302 officer.
    http://www.forcerecon.com/reconfaq.htm#five
     
  12. 2012Cadet

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    bump for last question asked never answered about book...
     
  13. 2012Cadet

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    bump...
     
  14. morningdark

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    I didn't read what anybody wrote after this so forgive me if someone mentioned it already. This is in fact not true. I can tell you right now that there are a lot more coming out of NROTC, OCS, and other enlisted to officer programs as a whole.
     

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