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  • WHAT IS SPECIAL TACTICS?

  • Special Tactics is the Air Force's Special Operations ground combat forces. Special Tactics teams execute Special Operations missions to enhance air operations deep in enemy territory, or in remote locations in rugged terrain

  • WHAT SPECIAL TACTICS CAREER OPENINGS ARE THERE FOR RESERVISTS?

  • Qualifying reservists must become full-time active duty to pursue careers in all Special Tactics career fields. For any one interested in Special Tactics for Air National Guard visit their website. For reservists interested in becoming a Special Operations Surgical team member email:
    720OSS.SOST.orgbox@us.af.mil

  • HOW CAN CIVILIANS JOIN ENLISTED SPECIAL TACTICS JOBS?

  • Take a trip to your local recruiter, and let them know what you want to do. They will get you in touch with the regional Special Warfare Recruiter to mentor you through the enlistment process. Consult the other pages on this website for specific information regarding each career field. To find a recruiter visit Airforce.com/Specialwarfare.

  • HOW CAN AN ACTIVE-DUTY ENLISTED MEMBER RETRAIN INTO SPECIAL TACTICS?

  • For enlisted members below the rank of E-6, visit myPers and click the retraining link. So long as you are eligible, myPers will send you instructions for completing a retraining package for your desired career field. Once your package is screened, you will be invited to attend either the Combat Controller/Pararescue Retraining Assessment at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

  • HOW CAN AN ENLISTED SISTER-SERVICE MEMBER CROSSTRAIN INTO AIR FORCE SPECIAL TACTICS?

  • Visit your local Air Force Recruiter and let them walk you through the cross-service transfer process. However, understand that cross-service slots are limited and vary by career field. Depending on availability, you may have to wait until October 1st for the next fiscal year to start

  • I DESIRE TO COMMISSION AS A SPECIAL TACTICS OFFICER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Check out our join page where you'll find applications. If your Phase 1 application is approved, you will be invited to attend Phase 2: A week-long, bi-annual selection event conducted at Hurlburt Field, Fla. It is extremely challenging, and should only be attempted after extensive mental and physical preparation. Consult the workout and nutrition guides to help properly prepare for the selection.

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