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Special Forces Operational Detachment Alphas (ODAs) are elite teams consisting of mature, intense, highly-trained operators. SF Operators receive specialized training in advanced weapons, language, demolitions, combat medicine, military free-fall, and advanced combat tactics. Today's quiet professional operates in autonomous environments as the most trusted force in America's Army.
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SF operators experience a minimum 1:2 Dwell Time
Military Free-Fall (HALO) Teams
Free-Fall ODAs are trained to high standards in military parachuting, including High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) oxygen-assisted parachute insertion. All members of a MFF ODA will have gone through Military Free-Fall and two members of a MFF Team are MFF Jumpmasters.
Combat Diver/SCUBA Teams
Trained in amphibious infil/exfil, including small boat ops and SCUBA diving. All members of a Combat Diver Team will have passed the SF Diver Q-Course.
Mountain ODAs have been trained in mountaineering and associated disciplines such as horsemanship and cold-weather operations.
Mounted ODAs specialize in the use of the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV).
Whether already in the Army National Guard or a Soldier looking to transition from active duty, 19th SFG(A) and 20th SFG(A) provide avenues to continue to serve as an SF Operator.
Pay grade of O-1(P), O-2, or O-3 and in the targeted year group for the captain's board
Must have at least a SECRET security clearance prior to final packet approval and meet eligibility criteria for a TOP SECRET clearance
Must have completed the Officer Basic Course
Must have been successful in your branch assignments prior to applying to SF
You must have a minimum rank of E-3 and must be 20 years old at the start of Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) with a waiver
You must not be older than 36 years (waiverable) for SFAS attendance
You must be eligible for a Secret security clearance
You must be airborne qualified or volunteer for airborne training
You must have no more than 14 years time in service (E-3 to E-6)
You must have no more than 16 years time in service and nine months time-in-grade when applying for the SFAS course (E-7)
You must be either Airborne or Ranger qualified (E-7)
You must have an ASVAB General Technical (GT) score of 100 or above
You must pass a Special Forces physical in accordance with AR 40-501
You must be able to reclassify from your current MOS or branch
You must have a minimum of 36 months remaining time in service at the time you graduate SFQC
You must not have 30 days or more lost time under USC 972 within your current or preceding enlistments
The following documents are required to be returned to your recruiter. For questions or clarification, please contact your recruiter. If you have not yet spoken to a recruiter, click here to start the conversation. Packet Documents can be downloaded here.
Soldier Record Brief
SFAS Physical with EKG
Waiver Documents (where required)
Selected candidates return to their units before PCSing to attend the Qualification Course
* duration: 24 days
- Detachment Commander's course
- Weapons Sergeant's course
- Engineer Sergeant's course
- Communication Sergeant's Course
- Fundamentals of SERE
*duration: 15 weeks
- Foreign internal defense
- Small unit tactics
- Weapons marksmanship
- Mission planning
- Tactical communication
*duration: 7 weeks
* 180A, 18Z, and 18F are MOSs and positions only filled by previously 18-series qualified and experienced Soldiers