Requirements for Special Forces

The next SFRE is 5-7 May 2017 at JFTB Los Alamitos

Report to building 59, 4203 Saratoga Ave between 1500-1800 (NLT 1800)

If you meet the candidate criteria listed below and are interested in attending, please fill out the Candidate Data Sheet and email it to young.w.lee2.mil@mail.mil and also call (323) 841-2719 to reserve a seat. We will use the information from the Candidate Data Sheet to add your name to the roster. You will then receive a confirmation email with specific reporting information. You can download the Candidate Data Sheet, map and packing list (below). Bring your completed Candidate Data Sheet to the SFRE, (along with a DD 214 and the waiver from the forms page if you are prior service, not currently in the military).

SFREPacking List.pdf 

Candidate Data Sheet.docx

Los Alamitos Map.pdf

4 page map Camp SLO.pdf

Preparing for SFRE and SFAS.pdf 

 Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement.pdf

​Company A, the sole Special Forces unit in California, will accept applications from prospective Special Forces candidates.  Priority for candidate application is as follows:

  • 18 MOS series qualified. Note: All 18 Series MOS qualified personnel do not have to participate in the SFRE. Only an interview (via phone or e-mail) with the Company SGM or the CO.  *Last 3 NCOER's required.                     
  • Ranger qualified and/or Airborne qualified personnel
  • Current CAARNG or prior-service members with demonstrated competence and commitment  
  • Those with limited service are advised to acquire at least 2 years experience in a CAARNG unit: IN, MI, FA, CAV, etc.  After this period of demonstrated competence and commitment the soldier may apply as a prospective Special Forces candidate.

Prospective candidates must be able to satisfy the following criteria:

Current or Prior Service Enlisted:

  • Minimum age of 20. No maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (no waiver).
  • Must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-6. E-7 with no more than 12 years Time in Service (TIS) and 9 months Time in Grade (TIG) when applying and must be either Airborne or Ranger qualified.
  • Must be at least one year since completing an MOS producing course/school.
  • Must have a General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher (not waiverable). If you do not have the required score, then you can request to take the AFCT (ASVAB) to attempt to raise your line scores.
  • Must score a minimum of 240 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), with no less than 80 points in each event, using the male standards for 17-21 age group.
  • Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness.
  • Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training.
  • Must possess or be eligible for a secret security clearance.
  • Must not be barred to reenlistment or be under suspension of favorable personnel action.
  • Must not have been convicted by court-martial or have disciplinary action (Article 15/NJP) noted in your official military personnel file (OMPF) under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Must not have any drug or alcohol related law violations.
  • Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (ACU), prior to beginning the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC).
  • Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger, or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems.
  • No Soldier, regardless of Military Occupational Specialty will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current MOS into Career Management Field 18 series (CMF 18).
  • Must have a minimum of 36 months remaining TIS upon completion of the SFQC. If not, then must extend or reenlist before starting SFQC.

Officer Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 20. No maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (no waiver).
  • Must have completed BOLC-A (OCS/ROTC) and BOLC-B (Basic Branch training) and have been successful in your branch assignments prior to application for Special Forces (SF).\
  • Must be in the rank of 1LT(P) (O-2, promotable) or CPT with no more than 3yrs TIG (O-3).
  • Must have enough time remaining as a captain to complete SF training and serve a minimum of three years in an SF unit.
  • Must have passed the APFT with a minimum of 240 points overall, with no less than 80 points in each event, using the male standards for 17-21 age group.
  • Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training.
  • Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, while wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (ACU).
  • Must have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) Score of 85 or higher, or a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) of a minimum of 1/1 reading and listening score.
  • Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness.
  • Must have a secret security clearance and be eligible for a top secret security clearance.
  • Must not have any drug or alcohol related law violations.
  • Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger, or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems.
  • No officer, regardless of branch will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current branch into Special Forces branch (CMF 18). Usually, direct Commissioned Officers in specialty branches such as AMEDD, JAG and Chaplain are ineligible to apply for Special Forces.
  • Must be a Special Operations Captains Career Course graduate, before enrollment in the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course (SFDOQC). Normally, officers will attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) before resident SOCCC attendance.

The Special Forces Readiness Evaluation consists of the following:

  • Standard Army Physical Fitness Test, scored in the 17-21 year old category, with a minimum score of 80 points in each event (PU 57, SU 66, RUN 14:24)
  • Swim Test (50 meters wearing BDU and boots)
  • Airborne standard pull-up test (7 repetitions)
  • Road march carrying a minimum 55 lb. military rucksack for an undisclosed distance
  • Nonstandard individual and team physical events as briefed.

Related Pages

Supporting Page
Company A, 5/19th Special Forces Group (A)
Army:Units:Company A, 5/19th Special Forces Group (A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement DRILLhttp://www.calguard.ca.gov/A5-19SF/Documents/Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement DRILL.pdfRelease and Waiver of Liability Agreement DRILLapplication/pdf Form Document

 

 

 

 

Preparing for SFRE and SFAShttp://www.calguard.ca.gov/A5-19SF/Documents/Preparing for SFRE and SFAS.pdfPreparing for SFRE and SFASapplication/pdf Policies and Procedures