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Army needs more 1st lts. for Special Forces

Mar. 8, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Enduring Freedom
The Army has extended the application deadline for first lieutenants interested in a job in Special Forces, psy ops and civil affairs. (Army)
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The special operations officer accession board previously set for mid-April has been rescheduled for May 19. The move will give more time for officers to prepare their packets and apply for three growing career branches.

The zone of eligibility for the annual panel will include year group 2011 Regular Army officers who have applied for transfer to Special Forces, civil affairs and psychological operations.

While first lieutenants are eligible, they will be considered for promotion to captain by a board that meets April 8-29. Selected officers will make captain in about four years.

The application deadline, previously March 14, has been extended to April 25.

The one-month board delay will allow Army Special Operations Command to process applications from officers seeking a branch transfer.

To transfer, Regular Army officers must have a date of rank to first lieutenant of April 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013.

The board process is not open to members of the National Guard or Army Reserve.

Applicants for the special operations board must have a bachelor’s degree or higher, or be enrolled in a degree-completion program that will result in the award of a degree before the start of their branch qualification course.

Applicants must be airborne-qualified, or be willing to volunteer for airborne training, and be medically qualified for worldwide deployment.

All male candidates must possess a valid Special Forces physical, while female candidates for Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations must possess a valid SERE-C physical, which is the medical clearance exam for the demanding Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course.

Specific application requirements and procedures are described in MilPer Message 13-175.■

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