Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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tacticaldefensemedia.com Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 3 Members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces are specially selected and trained by the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg to operate in the most challenging environments, far from support or friendly forces. By LTC Joseph Long and Janice Burton, USAJFKSWCS O ver 70 years ago, an elite organization born of men and women with unique capabilities and skills was sent behind enemy lines during World War II. Members of the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, were specially selected and trained to operate in the most challenging environments, far from support or friendly forces. These men and women were not chosen for their physical strengths and tactical skills alone, instead, they were chosen for their ability to understand the operational environment, their capacity for innovation and f lexibility and their ability to work in what we now call the Human Domain. Before joining the OSS, each candidate had to pass a rigorous selection process designed by military experts and psychologists that was aimed at testing physical abilities, mental toughness and problem solving ability under extreme stress. This assessment and selection process was designed to test the "whole man," and examined every detail of the general structure of each candidate's being, and his strengths and weaknesses for described environments and situations, as noted in the OSS Model and the Future SOF Warrior, Joint Special Operations University Report of Proceedings, November 2011. Today, soldiers seeking to join the Special Forces, Civil Affairs or Psychological Operations Regiments are assessed in much the same way as their forerunners in the OSS. Over the past 25 years, the assessment and selection process for Special Operations Forces has evolved into a challenging and scientifically proven process that allows our three regiments to better predict a candidate's ability to succeed in training as well as operate successfully in their respective operational environment. Defining Principles At the heart of each regiment's assessment and selection program is the eight Army Special Operations Forces Attributes. These attributes define what each regiment is looking for in new members and serves as the driving force behind each physical or mental event. Likewise, the ARSOF Attributes provide the necessary framework for cadre in evaluating each candidate's performance. The attributes include integrity, courage, perseverance, personal responsibility, professionalism, adaptability, being a team player and capability. The end result for each assessment and selection program is a validated series of unique events that puts each candidate's strengths, determination, intelligence and willpower to the test. Only those candidates who demonstrate the attributes and complete the course are selected to attend qualification training where their abilities are further honed toward the operational needs of each regiment. Much like OSS training of the past, the modern ARSOF assessment and selection process tests the "whole man" and ensures that candidates successfully demonstrate the qualities of the ARSOF attributes under dynamic and stressful conditions. To make the cut into one of the ARSOF Regiments, each candidate must demonstrate that they possess the required strength, cognitive f lexibility and will power to thrive in challenging and complex special operations environments. Students are evaluated using a holistic and multidiscipline approach, supported by a range of military and scientific experts to include psychologists, physiological experts and experienced combat veterans who select candidates who have the whole package: Soldiers who are physically strong, mentally tough and who possess the character necessary to serve in the regiments. SHAPING THE WHOLE OPERATOR HOLISTIC TRAINING: Special Operations Center of Excellence: USAJFKSWCS

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