Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be in the Army to be eligible for Special Forces training?

Yes. Any active duty Army Soldier in the pay grades of E-3 to E-7 is eligible, as long
as they meet the prerequisites. If you are not presently in the Army, but interested in joining Special Forces click here

Are there waivers available for acceptance into Special Forces?

Yes. Waivers are handled on a case-by-case basis. They are submitted through the Special Operations Recruiting Center to the Commander, United States Army,
John F. Kennedy, Special Warfare Center and Schools for approval.

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for Special Forces Training?

Yes. There are currently no waivers available regarding citizenship.

Is my family relocated durung Special Forces Assessment and Selection?

No. Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) is a 19 day course, Temporary Duty (TDY) to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and return to home station. Once selected,
the Army will permanently change your station to include family members, to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the completion of your Special Forces training.

Is my family relocated during the Special Forces Qualification Course?

Yes. Your orders for the Qualification Course to Fort Bragg will include a full
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) for you and your family. The Qualification
Course is approximately 19 months long.

How do I prepare physically for the rigors of SFAS?
Where can I be stationed upon completion of my Special Forces Training?

There are five Active Special Forces Groups that are regionally oriented for missions throughout the world.

1st Special Forces Group is located at Fort Lewis, Washington and Okinawa, Japan.

5th Special Forces Groupis located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

7th Special Forces Group is located at Eglin AFB, Florida.

10th Special Forces Group is located at Fort Carson, Colorado and Stuttgart, Germany.

What happens if I don't complete the Special Forces Training?

You will be released to your original Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Branch and be placed on worldwide assignment.

What MOS should I enlist for prior to Special Forces?

We recruit from all branches of the Army and there is no specific MOS that
qualifies for Special Forces duty. Do your very best in whichever field you choose and then apply for Special Forces Assessment and Selection

What do I bring to SFAS?

Here's the updated packing list.