Career Information

Can a non-U.S. citizen join AFSOC?
Enlistment into the U.S. Air Force, or any branch of the U.S. military, by citizens of countries other than the United States is limited to those foreign nationals who are legally residing in the United States and possess an Immigrations and Naturalization Service Alien Registration Card (INS Form I-151/551 -- Commonly known as a "Green Card"). Applicants must be between 17 and 35; meet the mental, moral, and physical standards for enlistment; and must speak, read and write English fluently.
Note: The U.S. military branches cannot assist foreign nationals in obtaining admittance into the United States. Questions concerning immigration to the United States should be asked of the U.S. Embassy. Only after immigration procedures are completed and an applicant is legally residing in the United States may an application for enlistment be accepted.
Furthermore, in order to be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force, one must be a native-born or naturalized United States citizen.

How can I request an honor guard?
Contact your nearest military installation public affairs office for more information on requesting an honor guard.

How can someone from another branch of service become an AFSOC member?
Individuals who currently belong to another branch of service and are interested in joining a Special Tactics career field should e-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

How do I become a Combat Controller?
Combat controllers are among the most highly trained personnel in the U.S. military. They maintain air traffic control qualification skills throughout their careers; many qualify and maintain currency in joint terminal attack control procedures, in addition to other special operations skills.
Their 35-week training and unique mission skills earn them the right to wear the scarlet beret. Learn more about combat control.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

How do I become a Pararescueman?
Pararescuemen endure some of the toughest training offered in the U.S. military. Their training, as well as their unique mission, earns them the right to wear the maroon beret. They complete the same technical training as EMT-Paramedics, plus a physical and specialized training. Learn more about pararescue.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

How long does it take to become a Combat Controller?
The combat control career field requires 35 weeks of training and unique mission skills earn them the right to wear the scarlet beret. Learn more about combat control.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

How long does it take to become a Pararescueman?
Pararescuemen endure some of the toughest training offered in the U.S. military. They complete the same technical training as EMT-Paramedics, plus specialized training which takes about a year and a half to complete. Learn more about pararescue.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

What is Combat Control?
Air Force Special Operations Command's combat controllers are Battlefield Airmen assigned to special tactics squadrons. They are trained special operations forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers. The mission of a combat controller is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and special reconnaissance in the joint arena. Learn more about combat control.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

What is Pararescue?
Air Force Special Operations Command's pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are the only Department of Defense specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations. These Battlefield Airmen are the ideal force for personnel recovery and combat search and rescue.
A PJ's primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in humanitarian and combat environments. PJs deploy in any available manner, to include air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel, while acting in an enemy-evading, recovery role. Learn more about pararescue.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

What is Special Operations Weather?
Special operations weathermen are meteorologists with advanced tactical training to operate in hostile or denied territory. They gather and interpret weather data and provide intelligence from deployed locations while working with Air Force and Army special operations forces. They collect localized weather intelligence, assist mission planning, generate accurate and mission-tailored target and route forecasts in support of global special operations, conduct special reconnaissance and train foreign national forces. Learn more about special operations weather.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

What is Special Tactics?
Special Tactics is the Air Force's Special Operations ground combat force. Special Tactics teams execute Special Operations missions to enhance air operations deep in enemy territory. Learn more about Special Tactics.

What Special Tactics career opportunities are there for reservists?
Qualifying reservists can pursue careers in all Special Tactics career fields open to their active-duty counterparts. Learn more about Special Tactics.
E-mail 24SOW.RAS.org@hurlburt.af.mil to be contacted by a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison.

What Special Tactics careers are available to officers?
Special Tactics has three career fields open to qualified offier candidates: Combat Rescue Officer, Special Tactics Officer, and Special Operations Weather Officer. To learn more about these career fields, e-mail STO.recruiter@hurlburt.af.mil and a Special Tactics Recruitment Liaison will contact you.