Special Forces support beret (maroon) National Guard Special Forces Support

Special Forces support personnel working on a UAV

As a support soldier in a Special Forces Group you have the unique opportunity to provide direct assistance to Special Forces A-teams, enhancing their capability to perform their mission. Having the ability to work alongside Green Berets and make an impact on their missions allows for a unique experience unfound in most military units.

Special Forces Teams require the highest level of knowledge from their support elements making the training received for both tactical and professional development the best in the military. Special Forces Support takes great pride aiding Green Berets and helping accomplish SF mission success.

Support Positions

Engineering (12 Series):

Construction, Plumber, Power Production, Interior Electrician, Carpentry and Masonry

Aviation (15 Series):

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator and Maintainer

Signal (25 Series):

IT Specialist, Radio Operator and Maintainer

Judge Advocate (27 Series):

JAG and Paralegal

Electronic Warfare (29 Series):

Electronic Warfare Specialist

Military Intelligence (35 Series):


Adjutant General (42 Series):

Human Resources Specialist (clerk)

Medical (68 Series):

Biomedical, Patient Admin, Med Logistics, Animal Care, Combat Medic

Chemical (74 Series):

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Warfare and Chemical Recon Detachment

Transportation (88 Series):

Motor Transport Operator, Transportation Manager

Ammunition (89 Series):

Ammunitions Stock Control and Accounting, Ammunition Specialist

Mechanical Maintenance (91 Series):

Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Utility Equipment Repairer, Generator Repairer, Allied Trades, Small Arms/ Artillery Repairer

Quartermaster (92 Series):

Automated Logistics, Petroleum Supply, Food Service, Petroleum Lab, Parachute Rigger, Water Treatment, Supply



All applicants:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be Airborne qualified or volunteer for Airborne School
  • In order to attend the Basic Airborne Course, you must weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Must be 17-35 years old for non-prior service
  • Prior service individuals 36 and up must have a waiver to attend Airborne training
  • Physically qualify for parachute duty IAW AR 40-501 Medical Standards
  • Must score an absolute minimum of 180 points on the Army physical fitness test (APFT) with no less than 60 points on any event, using the standards for the 17-21 year old age group. This equates to 42 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and a maximum 2-mile run time of 15:54 for males and 19 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and a maximum 2-mile run time of 18:54 for females
  • Must be in good moral standing
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

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


Do I have to become Airborne qualified?

Yes, you must become Airborne qualified within one year of joining. For those who are non-prior service you will attend Airborne school as part of your initial training, following AIT or OSUT (with the exception of our parachute riggers who attend Airborne training prior to attending AIT). If you do not become Airborne qualified within your first year, you will be transferred to another unit and barred from returning.

Should I join as a Support soldier if I want to become a Green Beret?

This is a great way to gain a foot hold; it is much easier to attend SFRE and SFAS once you are in the Army National Guard of the state in which you desire to attend an SFRE and gain sponsorship to attend SFAS. It is even easier and often encouraged, if you are the right fit, for those serving in SOF Support roles.

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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