Company A, 5/19th Special Forces Group (A)

Mission

Special Forces units perform seven doctrinal missions: Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, Direct Action, Combatting Terrorism, Counter-proliferation, and Information Operations. These missions make Special Forces unique in the U.S. military, because they are employed throughout the three stages of the operational continuum: peacetime, conflict and war.
Special Forces Readiness Evaluation (SFRE)
 
  15-18 November 2018

Fort Hunter Liggett CA, 93928

 

 

About

Special Forces Command’s Unconventional Warfare capabilities provide a viable military option for a variety of operational taskings that are inappropriate or infeasible for conventional forces, making it the U.S. military’s premier unconventional warfare force. Foreign Internal Defense operations, SF’s main peacetime mission, are designed to help friendly developing nations by working with their military and police forces to improve their technical skills, understanding of human rights issues, and to help with humanitarian and civic action projects. Often SF units are required to perform additional, or collateral, activities outside their primary missions. These collateral activities are coalition warfare/support, combat search and rescue, security assistance, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian de-mining and counter-drug operations. Coalition warfare/support emerged as a result of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and continues today in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This activity ensures the ability of a wide variety of foreign troops to work together effectively in a wide variety of military exercises or operations.

 

Core Competencies

Unconventional Warfare Operations (UW):

UW is a broad spectrum of military and/ or paramilitary operations and activities, normally of long duration, conducted through with or by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported and otherwise directed in varying degrees by an external source. UW can be conducted across the range of military operations against regular and irregular forces, state-sponsored or not

Foreign Internal Defense (FID):

SF asses, train, advise, and assist host nation military and paramilitary forces in order to enable these forces to maintain the host nation’s internal stability, to counter subversion and violence in their country and to address the causes of instability.

Direct Actions (DA):

DA missions are short-duration strikes and other small scale offensive actions conducted in hostile, denied, or politically-sensitive environments. These missions employ specialized military capabilities to seize, destroy, capture, exploit, recover personnel or equipment or damage designated targets.

Special Reconnaissance (SR):

SR actions are conducted in hostile, denied, or politically-sensitive environments to collect or verify information of strategic or operational significance, employing military capabilities not normally found in conventional forces. SR includes target acquisition, area assessment and post-strike reconnaissance

Counterterrorism (CT):

CT operations include the offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, preempt and respond to terrorism. SF Soldiers apply specialized capabilities to conduct these operations in environments that may be denied to conventional forces because of political or threat conditions

Counter-proliferation (CP):

CP actions are designed to locate, seize destroy, render safe, capture or recover weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in order to prevent the acquisition of WMD and delivery systems, to roll back proliferation where it has occurred, and to deter the use of WMD and its delivery systems.

Support of Information Operations (IO):

IO actions are taken to affect adversary information and information systems while defending one’s own information and information systems in order to affect or defend information and information systems to influence decision making. IO includes electronic warfare, computer network operations, PSYOP, military deception and operations security in concert with targeting, special technologies and modeling capabilities to facilitate mission accomplishment across the range of military operations. If you would like to become a Special Forces Soldier in California, or just want to learn more, we invite you to look around. If you are preparing for Special Forces Readiness Evaluation (SFRE), important information and required documents are to the left.

Special Forces Soldiers
  • Are part of a unique, unconventional combat arms organization.
  • Are known as the “quiet professionals” and sometimes referred to as “green berets”.
  • Are the most versatile Special Operations (SO) Soldiers in the world.
  • Are highly trained and tested, and must pass a rigorous qualification course at Fort Bragg.
  • Are the world’s premier Unconventional Warfare (UW) operators.
  • Have the ability to teach, train, advise and assist partner-nation forces.
  • Learn and adapt to an area’s native language and cultureThe life of a Special Forces Soldier is rewarding, but is also stressful and challenging. Here are a few of the skills you must have and challenges you must manage to be successful.
The Special Forces Military Occupational Specialties: A Warrior’s Tradecraft
  • MOS 18A: Special Forces Officer
  • MOS 180A: Special Forces Warrant Officer
  • MOS 18B: Special Forces Weapons NCO
  • MOS 18C: Special Forces Engineer NCO
  • MOS 18D: Special Forces Medical NCO
  • MOS 18E: Special Forces Communications NCO
  • MOS 18F: Special Forces Intelligence NCO
The National Guard SF Soldier
  • Is held to the exact same standard as their active duty counterparts
  • Must find time away from their civilian jobs to attend mandatory schools, some of which can last nearly a year.
  • Must attend monthly drills and deployments well beyond “one weekend a month – two weeks a year”.

Requirements

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).

 

​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.