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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is possible that you may be invited back to attend more than once; this depends on your initial performance.
No, unless you are invited back. Information on individuals attending SFRE is shared between states.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
No, but you must volunteer for Airborne training and attend and complete Airborne School prior to reporting to the SFQC.
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.
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.
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.
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.