18B SPECIAL FORCES WEAPONS SERGEANT
Special Forces weapons sergeants are the weapons specialists. They’re capable of operating and maintaining a wide variety of U.S., allied and other foreign weaponry.
- Go behind enemy lines to recruit, train and equip friendly forces for guerrilla raids
- Employ warfare tactics and techniques in infantry operations
- Maintain proficiency with all foreign high-density light and heavy weapons
- Read, interpret and prepare combat orders
Being a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant is very physically demanding. Good eyesight and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via air, land or water. All Special Forces Weapons Sergeants are required to be qualified parachutists. Most are also qualified Military Free Fall (HALO) parachutists and combat divers.
To serve in the Guard, you must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). It’s a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identifies which Army job is best for you.
Due to the wide variety of missions, Special Forces weapons sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as being trained in many forms of combat. Training for the Special Forces weapons sergeant consists of 62 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving
- Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
- Handling, using and teaching the use of weapons systems
REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Minimum 50 on the ASVAB with an absolute minimum General Technical (GT) line score of 110 or higher.
- 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
WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
180A Special Forces Warrant Officer
FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
As a Special Forces weapons sergeant, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. The skills you acquire during your training as a Special Forces weapons sergeant will most certainly prepare you for a career in law enforcement.
The extensive leadership training you’ll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management position in the corporate world.