Special Forces Non-Prior Service Applicants

No prior military experience (non-prior service [NPS]):

  • Must be a male, minimum age 20, no older than 35*
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (nonwaiverable)
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate with at least 15 college credits; preferably have a college degree
  • Must not have any drug- or alcohol-related law violations
  • Must score an absolute minimum of 50 points on the ASVAB with an absolute minimum of 110 (nonwaiverable) in the General Technical (GT) section
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Must volunteer and be eligible for Airborne training
  • 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.

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. The REP 63 contract is a minimum enlistment of six years.

No prior military experience (NPS)

The non-prior service Special Forces candidate contract (REP 63*) guarantees the opportunity to "try out" for Special Forces. It does not guarantee that the recruit will be accepted into Special Forces. It only guarantees that the recruit will be given the opportunity to see if he has what it takes to become a member of one of the most highly skilled, combat-ready forces in the world.

Special Forces candidates will usually attend infantry (11B) One Station Unit Training (OSUT), which combines Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) and infantry Advanced Individual Training (AIT), in one 15-week course at Fort Benning, GA. Upon graduation, Special Forces candidates will attend the three-week Basic Airborne Training also at Fort Benning, GA. After Jump School, candidates are moved to Fort Bragg, NC, to attend a three-week Special Forces Preparation and Conditioning (SFPC) course, which consists of physical conditioning; map reading and land navigation instruction; land navigation practical exercises; and common tasks training. Next is the three-week Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) program. The SFAS program assesses and selects Soldiers for attendance to the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC).

SFAS course uses a “whole man” selection process that assesses each candidate for many attributes that are important for all Special Forces Soldiers. These attributes are intelligence, trainability, physical fitness, motivation, influence and judgment. If the recruit passes SFAS, he moves on to the SFQC. The SFQC teaches and develops the skills necessary for effective utilization of the SF Soldier.

There are four entry-level enlisted Special Forces Career Management Field/MOS (CMF 18). The decision of which SF MOS and foreign language you will be trained in is based upon your personal background, aptitude scores (AFQT and DLAB) and personal desire. But, ultimately, it will be up to the needs of the Special Forces unit.