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Mar 19th, 2019
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  1. SOC Selections Process
  2. Under the approval of Commanding General Legitninja44
  3. Written By ChieftainBuddy
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  6. 1.0 Introduction
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  8. This article provides an overview of the recruitment, selection, and training process for the Army Special Operations Command (ASOC).
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  10. The United States Army Special Operations Command is the command charged with overseeing the various special operations forces of the United States Army. It is the largest component of the United States Special Operations Command. Its mission is to organize, train, educate, man, equip, fund, administer, mobilize, deploy and sustain Army special operations forces to successfully conduct worldwide special operations.
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  12. Army Special Operations Command are military units trained to conduct special operations.NATO has defined special operations as "military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, trained, and equipped forces, manned with selected personnel, using unconventional tactics, techniques, and modes of employment".
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  14. Our responsibilities are developing new tactics to stay ahead of the opponent, creating opportunities in combat scenarios, and completing extremely difficult task.
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  16. We train our members to a high standard so that they can operate effectively in a very stressful environment. The reputation and respect of our unit rests on the quality and exceptional ability of our members.
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  25. 1.1 General Duties of the Army Special Operations Command
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  27. Squadron personnel are required to infiltrate and exfiltrate to and from operational areas dismounted in an organized manner. Operators personnel perform insertion and assaults on targets and objectives by:
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  29. Parachuting onto ground or water;
  30. Climb ladders and cliffs;
  31. Improvised obstacles;
  32. Rappelling;
  33. Conducting close-quarter-battle (CQB); and
  34. Battle drills in varying types of terrain and conditions, day or night.
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  36. Our personnel perform individual close-quarter-battle (CQB) and detainee handling which may require the individual to:
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  38. Combat and detain hostiles using given melee weapon;
  39. Eliminate hostile quickly; and
  40. Compromise the enemy position.
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  42. There is no tolerance for a lapse in attention when conducting CQB. Accurate discrimination of non-combatants and precision engagement of enemy combatants requires extreme concentration.
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  44. All personnel require the ability for continuous analysis of the situation, environment, mission aims and foreign societal complexities during operations.
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  46. 1.2 Command Structure
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  48. Our overview of the command can be seen below:
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  50. 75th Rangers Regiment (“Army Rangers”)
  51. Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”)
  52. 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (“Nightstalkers”)
  53. 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta/Combat Applications Group (“Delta Force”)
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  56. PART TWO: ENTRY STANDARDS AND APPLICATIONS
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  58. 2.0 Introduction
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  60. The Army Special Operations Command does not accept any direct entry applicants, i.e non-enlisted members with no prior military experience, for ASOC. As a result, individuals for ASOC may be accepted if a strong background is presented, or from military personnel (enlisted to officer) from any branch of military service to serve with the Army Special Operations Command.
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  62. 2.1 Recruiting Unit
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  64. Subject to all the requirements outlined below, all officers and non-commissioned members are eligible to attend the Army Special Operations Command assessment and selection programme.
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  66. General requirements for all candidates:
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  68. Basic Combat Training (BCT) *unless provided with a strong background*;
  69. Obtain Account Clearance;
  70. Obtain approval from chain of command;
  71. Be airborne trained, or willing to undertake airborne training.
  72. Potential Combat Skills
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  74. PART THREE: OUTLINE OF ASOC SELECTION AND TRAINING
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  76. 3.0 Army Special Operations Command Selection and Training Phases
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  78. The journey to becoming a member of ASOC is not easy, and training is rigorous and highly selective, strength and courage will gain as a candidate will stay with them for their entire life.
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  80. In addition to Basic Combat Training, candidates also have to complete an advance individualised training and volunteer for airborne training(unless already qualified) to be eligible for Army Special Operations Command selection and training.
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  82. All candidates will undertake a number of distinct phases of training (Table 1), in which candidates are taught the fundamentals of the Army Special Operations Command special warfare through formal schooling and training.
  83. Table 1 - Army Special Operations Command Training timeline
  84. Serial
  85. Course
  86. Duration
  87. 1
  88. Eligibility Criteria
  89. Variable
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  91. Discipline/Fitness Test
  92. Variable
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  94. Selection Process
  95. 2 days (3 hours max/day)
  96. 4
  97. Assessment and Reliability Check
  98. 3 days (1 hour max/day)
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  100. Pathway Selection and Special Combat Training Course
  101. Variable
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  103. Operations and Missions
  104. Variable
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  106. 3.1 Physical Fitness/Disciplinary/Mentality Test
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  108. All components of the test are administered by appropriate qualified personnel instructor(s). The results of a candidates test are valid up to the maximum of 6 days. Table 2 provides an outline of the physical/disciplinary/mentality test. (All obstacle courses will be timed and scored)
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  110. Table 2 - Army Special Operations Command physical/disciplinary/mentality test.
  111. Serial
  112. Event
  113. Description
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  115. Running Laps
  116. 2 full round laps around the whole map.
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  118. Jumping Jacks
  119. 250 jumping jacks, all typed out in caps after every jump. Typos will result in restarting from one.
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  121. Foxtrot
  122. Completing Foxtrot within 2 minutes
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  124. November Challenge
  125. Completing November Challenge within 3 minutes.
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  127. Delta
  128. Completing Delta within 3 minutes.
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  135. 3.3 Army Special Operations Command Selection Process
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  137. The selection process is all based on the score and results of the test. Using a stable and fair point system, we determine personnel that are eligible and worthy enough to take on real situations. The point system works with the completion of the given task, completion of the serials results in 3 points added to the candidates score sheet. Fail to do so will result in no points being added. If the candidate has a reasonable time (i.e: lag, interruptions),1 point will be added. This decision will be made from the instructor(s). The higher the score the better, in order to pass the test, you must score higher or equivalent to 9 points. The points will be recorded down by the instructor(s).
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  139. 3.4 Assessment and Reliability Check
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  141. The final step to being accepted into the Army Special Operations Command is being tested in an practice match. The instructor(s) will be looking for a good attitude when performing. In the Special Forces, communication and teamwork is extremely mandatory. Individual skills are also required as the task that the squadrons do on a basis is extreme. All actions and notes will be taken on their behaviour, and actions within this deathmatch. Note that all individuals must be skilled at combat at an extent where they are able to train and improve.
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  143. The deathmatch will be examined by top tier inspectors and combat specialist, each individual will be investigated deeply in order to understand their style of play, and behaviour when taken into a stressful environment of firefights.
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  145. Each individual’s statistics in this deathmatch will be recorded and noted when deciding the graduation phase for Army Special Operations Command.
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  155. 3.5 Pathway Selections and Special Combat Training Course
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  157. After being approved by the squadrons and CO, the individual will be required to select a suitable division and tryout. If the candidate is accepted, they will be taught basic special force training. They will go through a Special Combat Training Course, learning the basics needed in order to use in operations and missions. Each operator is required to know the following below (some will be classified, or not shown to the public):
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  159. Melee Combat
  160. CQB Basics and Advances
  161. Parachuting
  162. Navigation
  163. Advance Weapons Training
  164. Insertion and Exertion Techniques
  165. Tactics Long Range Combat (TLRC)
  166. Advance Close Quarter Battle Trainings
  167. Patrolling
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  169. 3.6 Graduation
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  171. Upon successful completion of the Special Combat Training Course (SCTC), the candidate is now eligible for a squadron to select, and will be approved by the squadron leader, division Commanding Officer, and the Commanding General. All new members will be tested with the squadron to see where they fit in the most in terms of roles.
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  173. PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
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  175. 4.0 Summary
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  177. The Army Special Operations Command training pipeline is open to all officers and enlisted personnel of the United States Army, subject to certain criteria. The Army Special Operations Command seeks to attract determined, highly-motivated, intelligent, reliable, and physically fit individuals to serve with the United States Army Special Operations Command. This document provides the basic information to allow individuals to make an informal judgement before applying for the Army Special Operations Command.
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