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  • Special Forces Requirements

    These are the current requirements to apply for Special Forces in the Army National Guard.
    **NOTE** Requirements can vary slightly with each state/NG SF unit, based on current unit needs.

    No prior military experience (Non-Prior Service):

    1. Must be a male, minimum age 20, no older than 35*.
    2. Must be a U.S. citizen (non-waiverable).
    3. Must be a high school graduate or have a general educational development (GED) certificate with at least 15 college credits. Preferably a college degree.
    4. Must not have any drug or alcohol related law violations.
    5. Must score an absolute minimum of 50 points on the ASVAB with an absolute minimum of 107 (non-waiverable) in the General Technical (GT) section.
    6. Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness.
    7. Must be able to score a minimum of 240 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), with no less than 70 points in each event, using the standards for 17-21 age group, before the completion of Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
    8. Must volunteer and be eligible for Airborne training.
    9. Must be eligible for a secret security clearance.

    *As of April 1, 2011, applicants with no prior U.S. military service must take the oath of enlistment on or before their 35th birthday (no age waivers).

    The Non-prior service Special Forces enlistment contract in the Army National Guard is usually referred to as a REP 63 contract, similar to the 18 Xray (18X) contract with Active Duty Army. The REP 63/18X contract only applies to states with Special Forces units. Availability varies and is very selective on a case-by-case basis. REP 63 contract is a minimum enlistment of 6 years.


    Current or Prior Service Enlisted:
    **NOTE** Requirements can vary slightly with each state/NG SF unit, based on current unit needs.

    1. Must be male, minimum age of 20. No maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation.
    2. Must be a U.S. citizen (non-waiverable).
    3. Must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-6. E-7s with no more than 12 years Time-in-Service (TIS) and 9 months Time-in-Grade (TIG) when applying and must be either Airborne or Ranger qualified.
    4. Must be at least one year since completing an MOS producing course/school.
    5. Must have a General Technical (GT) score of 107 (non-waiverable). If you do not have the required score, then you will first need to take the AFCT (ASVAB) to attempt to raise your line scores.
    6. 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 age group 17 to 21.
    7. Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness.
    8. Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training.
    9. Must possess or be eligible for a secret security clearance.
    10. Must not be barred to reenlistment or be under suspension of favorable personnel action.
    11. Must not have been convicted by court-martial or have disciplinary action (Article 15/NJP) noted in your official military personnel file (OMPF) under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    12. Must not have any drug or alcohol related law violations.
    13. Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (UCP), prior to beginning the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC).
    14. Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger, or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems.
    15. No Soldier, regardless of Military Occupational Specialty will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current MOS into Career Management Field 18 series (CMF 18).
    16. Must have a minimum of 36 months remaining TIS upon completion of the SFQC. If not, then must extend or reenlist before starting SFQC.

    Officer Requirements:
    **NOTE** Requirements can vary slightly with each state/NG SF unit, based on current unit needs.

    1. Must be male, minimum age of 20. No maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation.
    2. Must have completed BOLC-A (OCS/ROTC) and BOLC-B (Basic Branch training) and have been successful in your branch assignments prior to application for Special Forces (SF).
    3. Must be in the rank/pay grade of 1LT/O-2 (preferably promotable) or CPT/O-3 with less than 2yrs Time-in-Grade (TIG) as a O-3 upon completion of SFAS.
    4. Must have enough time remaining as a captain to complete SF training and serve a minimum of three years in an SF unit.
    5. 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 age group 17 to 21.
    6. Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training.
    7. Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, while wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (UCP), prior to beginning the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC).
    8. Must have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) Score of 85 or higher or a minimum 1/1 Listening and Speaking as measured by the two-skill Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
    9. Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness.
    10. Must have a secret security clearance and be eligible for a top secret security clearance.
    11. Must not have any drug or alcohol related law violations.
    12. Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger, or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems.
    13. No officer, regardless of branch will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current branch into Special Forces branch (CMF 18).
    14. Must be a Resident Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) graduate, before enrollment in the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course (SFDOQC). Normally, officers will attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) before resident MCCC attendance.

    Keep in mind; we are not looking for someone who meets the minimum standards/requirements. We are looking for those who exceed all standards and strive to do better.

    To apply, please visit the Special Forces website: http://nationalguardsf.com/
    Last edited by SF Hunter; 2 days ago.
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