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National Guard Special Forces soldiers conducting infiltration on a Chinook

In the Army National Guard, you can set a higher standard for yourself and earn a spot in the elite Special Forces (Green Berets). Special Forces soldiers are the Army’s cutting edge force multipliers and only the most highly motivated soldiers and technically proficient will ever wear the Green Beret and Special Forces Tab. Special Forces soldiers are not only taught to master individual skills in operations and intelligence, communications, medical aid, engineering and weapons but each SF soldier is selected for his ability to train, advise and assist host nation military or paramilitary forces. Special Forces soldiers are highly skilled operators, trainers and teachers who are area-oriented and specially trained in the native language and culture according to regional alignment.

Regardless of which state you live in, you can serve in any ARNG Special Forces Company. Members of the Army National Guard Special Forces live throughout the United States and drill with the Special Forces Companies to which they choose to be assigned.

If you want to earn a Green Beret, read through and thoroughly understand the requirements specified on this site. When you are ready, contact the state closest to you.

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Special Forces Detatchment Commander conducting mission planning

18A - Special Forces Detatchment Commander

The Detatchment Commander is the officer in charge of the team. He ensures that the team knows the mission and is responsible for everyone on the team as well as the successful completion of the mission itself. He can command up to a battalion-sized element and is an expert palnner and tactician.

Special Forces Weapons Sergeant providing overwatch

18B - Special Forces Weapons Sergeant

Specalizing in a variety of weapons systems, both United States-issued and foreign, the Weapons Sergeant is responsible for understanding and operating anything that might be used both by the team as well as foreign forces. In addition to familiarization of weapons, he must be able to teach the operation of these systems and tactics to others.

Special Forces Engineer Sergeant using explosives

18C - Special Forces Engineer Sergeant

The Engineer Sergeant is the resident demolition expert as well as builder. He designs, constructs, and maintains structures and fortifications and understands how to do the opposite. The Engineer is also charged with all logistical matters, getting the team and all equipment to any place necessary.

Special Forces Medical Sergeant providing dental aid to an Afghani

18D - Special Forces Medical Sergeant

The missions performed by Special Forces teams frequently take them to austere environments, where medical care is paramount. Special Forces Medics are well-versed not only in trauma medicine, but a broad spectrum of practices. One day could see treatment of battlefield injuries while the next might be a dental exam.

Special Forces Communications Sergeant communicating through SATCOM channels

18E - Special Forces Communications Sergeant

From satellite to intra-team communiation, the responsibilty of maintaining multiple lines of communication falls on the team's Communications Sergeant. He must keep up with the ever-changing nature and growing sophistication of telecommunication and electronics in general in order to support the team.

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Requirements

Read the following requirements carefully. These are the absolute minimum requirements to join and are not waiverable. Do not contact us if you do not meet all of the following.

All applicants:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be Airborne qualified or volunteer for Airborne School
  • Will be given a 50 meter swim assessment, conducted in uniform, to determine whether they have the aptitude to learn how to swim
  • Must score an absolute minimum of 240 points on the Army physical fitness test (APFT) with no less than 70 points on any event and using the standards for your age group
  • Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military, Airborne, and Special Forces service as outlined in AR 40-501
  • Must be eligible for a "SECRET" security clearance (security clearance is not required to attend SFAS)

All applicants MUST NOT:

  • Be under suspension of favorable personnel action
  • Have been convicted by court-martial or have disciplinary action noted in their official military fiche under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Article 15)
  • Have received an Article 15 for drug-related offense, Insubordination, etc.
  • Have convictions for Drunken Driving (DWI, DUI, etc.) or Alcohol Related Offenses
  • Have voluntarily terminated Airborne school or SF training
  • Exceed weight standards in accordance with AR 600-9
  • Be barred to reenlistment

Enlisted requirements:

  • Must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-6 or E-7 with no more than 12 years TIS and 9 month TIG
  • Successful completion of SFAS is a prerequisite to the SFQC
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a general educational development certificate
  • Must have a general technical score (GT) of 110 or higher
  • Soldiers recently completing an MOS-producing school must serve in that MOS for 1 year
  • Must not have 30 days or more lost time under Title 10, United States Code, section 972, within current or preceding enlistment
  • Must not be barred to reenlistment
  • Have a minimum of 3 years remaining service obligation upon completion of Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)

Officer requirements:

  • Officer applicants must be branch qualified and be in the grade of first lieutenant or captain (with less than two years time in grade upon the completion of SFAS)
  • Have at least a SECRET security clearance prior to arrival at Fort Bragg and meet eligibility criteria for a TOP SECRET clearance
  • Have completed the Officer Basic Course and have been successful in your branch assignments prior to application for SF
  • 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)
  • Have a minimum of 3 years remaining service obligation upon completion of Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
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SFRE

The Special Forces Readiness Evaluation (SFRE) is a 3-day event that assess your potential as a candidate to attend SFAS. Successful completion of SFRE is manditory in order to receive a slot to SFAS. Each state runs a unique SFRE that is evolving and changing with time and is set up in a similar fashion to SFAS. In the vast majority of cases, individuals performing well at SFRE also perform well at SFAS, with the converse holding true as well. Bear in mind that SFRE is not preparation for SFAS; it is simply an indicator.

The requirements and prerequisites to attend are the same as the above requirements. SFRE counts as your monthly drill, typically reporting in on a Friday and concluding Sunday afternoon.

Can I attend multiple times?

It is possible that you may be invited back to attend more than once; this depends on your initial performance.

If I fail an SFRE in one state, can I attend one in another state?

No, unless you are invited back. Information on individuals attending SFRE is shared between states.

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FAQ

What is the minimum GT score to attend SFRE and SFAS?

Your GT must be 110 or higher. Keep in mind we are not looking for someone who meets the minimum standards; we are looking for those who exceed all standards and strive to do better. Contact a local recruiter or your military education office to re-take the ASVAB. For study material search ASVAB study guide or visit a local library or book store.

Do I need to possess a security clearance prior to attending SFRE and SFAS?

No, but you must be eligible for a SECRET clearance and some MOS’s require a TS. You must posses a minimum of an interim prior to the start of the SFQC. You will be instructed on how to begin your security clearance paperwork at the conclusion of SFAS if you are selected.

What is the minimum APFT score to attend SFRE and SFAS?

You must score a minimum of 240 points on the Army physical fitness test (APFT), with no less than 70 points on any event, using the standards for your age group. The average score of those who are SELECTED at SFAS is above 270. If you score below these standards you may be Involuntarily Withdrawn (IVW) from SFRE and you will be IVW from SFAS. Keep in mind we are not looking for someone who meets the minimum standards, we are looking for those who exceed all standards and strive to do better.

Can I attend SFRE and SFAS if I have been arrested or had negative action while serving in the military?

No, you will not be accepted with past negative administrative actions, either military or civilian (i.e. alcohol related incidents, DUI/DWI's, Article 15’s, GOMR's, etc.).

I am an E7 with 13 years TIS and/or 10 months TIG can I attend SFRE?

No, enlisted applicants must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-6 or E-7 with no more than 12 years TIS and 9 months TIG. There is no administrative reduction which allow for attendance either.

I am a 2LT, OCS Candidate or ROTC Cadet can I attend SFRE?

No, officer applicants must be branch qualified and be either a First Lieutenant promotable to Captain or a Captain with no more than 2 years TIG.

Do I need to be Airborne qualified to attend SFRE and SFAS?

No, but you must volunteer for Airborne training and attend and complete Airborne School prior to reporting to the SFQC.

Is there a SFRE this weekend? I really want to get started today.

SFRE is conducted bi-annually at most National Guard Special Forces locations. You can work on obtaining an SF Physical prior to attending which will speed up you attending SFAS if you gain sponsorship. You can also work on preparing for SFRE to ensure you are at the top of your game when you attend.

Is there an 18X program in the National Guard?

The National Guard does have a version of the 18X program called the REP 63 program. You must be 20 years old prior to shipping to OSUT in order to be eligible for the 18X option. Keep in mind that if you fail or quit you will serve the remainder of your enlistment in your initial MOS, which is typically 11B. The 18X option is not available in all states with Guard Special Forces and is very competitive. You will normally interview with a Green Beret prior to being given the green light to enlist as an 18X in the Guard Special Forces. The typical wash-out rate for 18X candidates is over 90%, with most quitting prior to SFAS attendance.

Why haven't I received a response?

Candidates must fit a narrow criteria; more than likely you didn't follow directions, didn't fit all the requirements, or simply are not what we are looking for.

There are no Special Forces units in my state; which one should I join?

Find the state closest to where you live. You will be responsible for attending drills and training events regardless of where you live; there is no additional compensation or leeway given for individuals traveling long distances. Being a part of this unit is voluntary and not guaranteed.

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Locations

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