Good career move with 18X (SOPC) program. You will get all the training and schools you need to become a professional elite Soldier. you do need to be mature and in-shape.
Special Operations Forces have very demanding physical requirements. Good eyesight, night vision, and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via air, land or water. Excellent hand-eye coordination is also required to detonate or deactivate explosives. In some instances, Special Operations Forces Team Members are required to be qualified divers and military freefall parachutists.
Special Forces Candidates will attend Infantry OSUT (One Station Unit Training), which combines Army Basic Training and Infantry AIT (Advanced Individual Training), in one 17-week course.
Upon graduation, Special Forces Candidates will attend Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA. After "jump school," candidates attend a 4-week Special Operations Preparation Course (SOPC) and the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) program. The SFAS program assesses and selects Soldiers for attendance at the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). This program allows Special Forces an opportunity to assess each Soldier's capabilities by testing his physical, emotional, and mental stamina.
If the recruit passes the SFAS, he moves onto the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). The SFQC teaches and develops the skills necessary for effective utilization of the SF Soldier. The SFQC is currently divided into three phases: Individual Skills, MOS Qualification, and Collective Training. The enlisted applicant's SFQC training will be scheduled upon successful completion of SFAS.
Individual Skills Phase. During this period, soldiers inprocess, and are trained on common skills. Training is 40 days long and covers land navigation (cross-country) and small unit tactics.
MOS Qualification Phase. Training for this phase is 65 days and culminates with a mission planning cycle. During this phase, Soldiers are trained in their different specialties.
Collective Training Phase. During this 38-day period, Soldiers are trained in Special Operations (SO) classes, Direct Action (DA) Isolation, Air Operations, Unconventional Warfare classes, and Isolation training.
Language Training. Languages are assigned in relation to the score from the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB).
Survival Training. The survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) course.
Helpful attributes include:
Ability to work as a team member
Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
Ability to stay in top physical condition
Interest in weapons and artillery
Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
As a Special Forces Soldier, you're trained to defend against dangerous forces. The skills you acquire during your training will most certainly prepare you for a future civilian career in many forms of government service. The discipline, weapons knowledge, tactical know-how, and leadership training you receive will make you a very competitive applicant.
How to join:
So talk to a recruiter soon as possible!
As for Delta Force, you need to be already, and this is what you need to join:
Be sure you meet all the requirements before joining. You must be male and be a U.S. Citizen, a non-commissioned officer (Sergeant-Master Sergeant) and be airborne qualified or agree to volunteer for airborne training.
Join the Army with an entry-level Military Occupational Specialty, since you can't enlist for Delta Force. If possible, you should go into the Army with a Ranger contract. Ranger Battalion is a Special Operations unit that you can go into as a low ranking soldier and will better prepare you for the trials that you will face on the long road to becoming a Delta Force operator.
Score 110 or higher in GT(general technical) on the ASVAB.
Pass the standard Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
Pass the very thorough psychological and physical examinations.
Qualify for an Interim Secret Clearance.
Pass the Defense Language Aptitude Battery or Defense Language Proficiency Test.
Talk to a Delta Force recruiter. If you are eligible, you will be contacted.
America's Special Forces: Weapons, Missions, Training (Paperback)
by David Bohrer (Author)
Get Selected! for Special Forces: How to Successfully Train for and Complete Special Forces Assessment & Selection by Major Joseph J. Martin, Colonel Ed Phillips USA Ret., and Master Sergeant Rex Dodson (Paperback - Jan 2006)
Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War (Paperback)
by Frank Antenori (Author), Hans Halberstadt (Author)
Inside Delta Force: the Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit By Eric L. Haney. Delacorte Press, 2002.
Delta: America's Elite Counterterrorist Force (Power) (Paperback)
by Terry Griswold
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