Army MOS 18X Special Forces Candidate

18X Special Forces Candidates are given the opportunity to become a member of one of the most highly skilled combat forces in the world. But they must complete and endure the extensive mental/physical training in order to join the Army elite.


There are four entry-level Special Forces Military Occupational Specialties. Your specialty will be decided on your background, aptitude and the needs of the Army:

  • Special Forces weapons sergeants: capable of using a wide variety of light/heavy infantry weapons and tactics
  • Special Forces engineer sergeants: specializes in a wide range of disciplines such as construction, demolition, and topographic surveys
  • Special Forces medical sergeants: considered to be the finest first-response/trauma medical technicians in the world
  • Special Forces communications sergeants: operate every kind of communications gear, from encrypted satellite communications systems to UHF/VFH systems


18X Special Forces Candidate


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Special Forces candidates attend Infantry One Station Unit Training, which combines Army Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in a 14-week course.

Upon graduation, Special Forces Candidates will attend Airborne Training, followed by a 4-week Special Operations Preparation Course and the Special Forces Assessment and Selection program. This program allows Special Forces an opportunity to assess each Soldier’s capabilities by testing his physical, emotional and mental stamina.

If the recruit passes, he moves on to the Special Forces Qualification Course to develop the necessary skills of a Special Forces Soldier. The course is currently divided into three phases:

  • Individual Skills Phase: 40 days of training in common skills, land navigation, and tactics
  • MOS Qualification Phase: 65 days of training in different specialties that include a mission planning cycle
  • Collective Training Phase: 38 days of training in Special Operations, Direct Action Isolation, Air Operations and Unconventional Warfare classes

Other areas include:

  • Language Training: Languages are assigned in relation to the scores from the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test
  • Survival Training: The survival, evasion, resistance and escape course

About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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