Special Forces Assessment and Selection

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Tomorrow, I will be promoted to the rank of Specialist. I received a “time in service” waiver, which means I’m getting an accelerated promotion, cutting the time to E4 down by 6 months.

This makes me eligible to attend SFAS–Special Forces Assessment and Selection. 18 days of hell at Ft. Bragg, intended to assess a candidates physical capabilities as well as problem solving and leadership abilities.

There are no guarantees, regardless of how I perform. Of course, it’s not even a guarantee that I will pass the initial physicial screening given my past injuries. I’m sure I can perform physically, it’s just a matter of convincing others that I can.


9 thoughts on “Special Forces Assessment and Selection

    Lou said:
    October 23, 2009 at 3:51 am

    You seem like a pretty sharp guy. Didn’t you just post an article on Navy Seals that said, “Physically, there’s very little difference between athletes who win Olympic gold and the rest of the field…
    The elite athletes…this is what separates them from the competition. Knowing how to use information.”

    You should do well on your Special Forces Assesment and Selection thing. And congrats on the promotion.

    Griffin said:
    October 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Question: Why SF rather than the Regiment? I am struggling between the two at the moment… I am finishing up a year in Iraq and I love my job – but I want more – to do more and to be more – and be around others that care.

    kernunos said:
    October 24, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Congratulations! Good job on the early promotion too.

    magus71 responded:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:46 am


    While Ranger School is a great prepatory school for SF, it is an entirely different mentality. Many SF guys have the Ranger Tab, though.

    To put it in simple terms: Rangers are Hooah, (I’m not), SF isn’t.

    When I went the SF briefing, the recruiter said: “We don’t want Hooah guys. We want quiet, smart people who don’t try to draw attention to themselves and who don’t need manuals to tell them what to do. We don’t use manuals. We use our brains.”

    As I listened to him, I thought to myself: “This guy is different than anyone else I’ve met in the Army.” Kind of like cops I met. Not all uptight like many Army people, but very confident. I knew immediately that this is what I needed to pursue. He stood up there in ACUs with his hnds in his pockets. “I don’t even remember how to stand in a formation”, he said. Good–I hate formations.

    Physically, Ranger School is tougher. Very little sleep and very little food. Lot’s a mental abuse. Not very much fun. But most who receive the Ranger Tab are not capable of being SF (though more so than the general Army population of course). SF’s about teamwork and mental flexibility. That something when you look at a person and know they’re tough but also capable of toning it down when need be.

    SF: Flexibility

    Ranger: Toughness

    That’s it, boiled down.

    Bill said:
    October 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats homie!

    Griffin said:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you!

    Amos Volante said:
    October 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Ranger is for the young toughs. You don’t need to know much to do it, just be Mega-Hooah and never quit.

    SF does not give as much credit for pure grit. If you have ever been overheard saying, “I don’t read books” or “Chess is gay” then SF will probably just leave you dazed and confused.

    udtlearner said:
    November 8, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Ha,Navy SEALs use much more energy and muscle groups….
    Its easier to be an Olympian!

    Amos Volante said:
    November 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    UDT: No doubt about that!

    But SF is a lot more ruck intensive. Same character traits and toughness required, but a lot more rucking and a lot less swimming. And I mean A LOT less swimming. There is also significantly less hypothermia inducing going on at SFAS. A lot of sleep depriving, but otherwise I’d take SFAS to that BUDS crap any day of the week.

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