SUBJECT: Special Forces Enlistment Program (UPDATED COPY).
1. THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE MESSAGE; DELIVER TO ALL RECRUITING PERSONNEL
2. This message is valid for 1 year from date of publication, unless
rescinded or superceded prior to that.
a. USAREC Regulation 601-210, Regular Army and Army Reserve Enlistment
Program, dated 28 February 1995.
b. Memorandum from ODCSPER, SUBJECT: Special Forces Recruiting
Initiative Implementation Guidance, dated 8 December 1999.
c. USAREC Message 03-039, SUBJECT: Special Forces Enlistment Program
(CORRECTED COPY), dated 28 January 2003.
d. USAREC Message 03-090, SUBJECT: Special Test Requirements for 18X,
93C, and 98CMF, dated 21 May 2003.
e. USAREC Message 03-001, SUBJECT: Special Forces DLAB Qualification
Score, dated 1 October 2002, is rescinded.
f. USAREC Message 02-036, SUBJECT: Special Forces Enlistment Program,
dated 11 January 2002, is rescinded.
4. This message rescinds USAREC Message 03-039 (3c above) and provides
guidance for the Special Forces Enlistment Program. Soldiers who want to
volunteer for the Special Forces may enlist under Program 9A, U.S. Army
Training Enlistment Program, Option 3 (U.S. Army Training of Choice
Enlistment Option), Surrogate Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 18X
(SF Recruit). Applicants must enlist for a minimum active duty service
obligation of 60 months. Individuals, both non-prior (NPS) and prior service
(PS), must be eligible to enlist and meet all additional prerequisites listed
a. Must be 18 years of age by graduation of CMF 11 One Station Unit
Training (OSUT) and have not reached their 30th birthday prior to ship date.
b. Qualified for, and volunteer for airborne training (must have
airborne stamp on physical).
c. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
d. Minimum scores of 110 GT and 98 CO.
e. High School Diploma Graduate (Tier 1). (HSSR authorized for DEP-In
only. Must have high school diploma prior to ship date).
f. Must be eligible for a SECRET clearance.
g. Must take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB). The DLAB
test must be scheduled within 3 working days after enlistment and taken
within 21 days of enlistment and posted to REQUEST. No minimum score
required. For those enlisting to ship within the 30 day window, DLAB must be
taken and scores posted into REQUEST no later than 15 days prior to ship
h. Must successfully complete the Pre-Basic Training Task List (USAREC
Form 1137) and the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with minimum scores of
60 points in each event. The APFT must be administered within 30 days prior
to ship date. Forward a copy of DA Fm 705 (Army Physical Fitness Test
Scorecard) and the USAREC Fm 1137 to guidance counselor shop for verification
for accelerated promotion. Individuals will be enlisted in pay grade E-3
(based on HQDA exception for this option). Those individuals who fail any
event of the APFT or the Pre-Basic Training Task List will have their
contract renegotiated and will only be authorized advanced promotion based on
provisions of AR 601-210.
5. Individuals (NPS, DOS/PS who require retraining) will enlist under Option
3 (U.S. Army Training of Choice Enlistment Option), MOS 18X, will ship to
Fort Benning, GA and follow the training path listed below:
a. Inprocessing through the Reception Battalion.
b. OSUT for MOS 11X. Soldiers must achieve an Army Physical Fitness
Test (APFT) score of 229 with a minimum of 60 points in each event upon
completion of OSUT.
c. Airborne training.
d. Special Operations Preparatory & Conditioning (SOPC) Course
(Fort Bragg, NC). This course is two weeks in duration, consisting of
physical conditioning, land navigation, and small unit team building.
Individuals will be required to meet Special Forces (SF) selection and
eligibility criteria as outlined in AR 614-200, Chapter 5.5. Individuals
must obtain an electrocardiogram (EKG) prior to their arrival at SOPC Course.
6. Individuals already holding primary MOS of 11B (DOS/PS) who are not
airborne qualified, Guidance Counselors must contact the ROC for assistance.
7. Those individuals already MOS qualified as 11B and airborne qualified,
will enlist under Option 18 (U.S. Army First Assignment-No Training
Enlistment Option) with assignment to Fort Bragg, NC, and once inprocessed
will start training with SOPC Course. Contact ROC for any required
8. Once soldiers meet all criteria, they will be scheduled for Special
Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS) (3 weeks 3 days) as outlined in
DA Pam 351-4.
9. Individuals who successfully complete SFAS, will be assigned to Special
Operations Command until scheduled for Special Forces Qualification Course
10. Guidance counselors will use REQUEST MOS 18X when using this program.
Counselors will ensure that proper entries are made on DD Form 1966 series
and that the Dynamic Annexes from GCR, both at DEP-In and DEP-Out
(appropriate forms IAW UR 601-96 for DOS/PS). DA Form 3286-70 (Addendum to
Statement for Enlistment) will be included at DEP-In. Applicants will be
required to read and initial block 1a of this form and acknowledge his
understanding of this option by signing the appropriate block under
"Authentication" on back of form. The GC will complete the remainder of this
section, witnessing the applicant's signature. The GC, by signing this form,
indicates that he or she has provided all information required under the
provisions of this program.
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