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The Army has issued its rules for opening Special Forces to women as part of several policy revisions affecting the service's special operations career fields.

Announced March 8, the changes apply to enlisted personnel seeking assignments in three specialties: Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations.

An overview:

Special Forces

• SF is open to male and female soldiers. However, before attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection, known as SFAS, soldiers must complete a physical assessment test that, as a minimum, includes 49 pushups, 59 situps, a 2-mile run of 15:12 minutes or less, and six pullups.

• Female soldiers must have a negative pregnancy test within 30 days before their report date to SFAS.

• Soldiers seeking entry into Special Forces must have a valid SF physical before attending SFAS. Additionally, candidates must be able to complete a physical demonstrating they are able to endure the speeds and stress associated with a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump. If needed, soldiers must also undergo corrective eye surgery before attending the SF qualification course.

• The minimum General Technical score for Special Forces has been increased from 107 to 110, and the Army will not accept waivers.

• The maximum age for SFAS remains 36, and soldiers must have at least 36 months of obligated service remaining when they complete the SF qualification course.

Civil Affairs

• Soldiers who qualify for reclassification to become a civil affairs specialist must successfully complete Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection and the CA qualification course.

• Prerequisites for reclassification include a physical profile rating of no less than 111221; a minimum GT score of 107; a secret security clearance; no criminal convictions for any offense other than minor traffic violations.

• Also, soldiers must achieve a score of 65 or higher on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery, and have a valid Test of Basic Education or measuring an applicant’s abilities in reading, writing and arithmetic.

• Specialists must have one to four years of service, and no more than three years in grade as an E-4 to apply for the CA qualification course.

• Sergeants must have two to six years of service, and no more than three years in grade as an E-5 to apply for the qualification course.

• Staff sergeants must have three to eight years of service, and no more than three years in grade as an E-6 to apply for the qualification course.

• Promotable staff sergeants may apply with a waiver approved by the civil affairs commandant at the Special Operations Center of Excellence.

• CA applicants must have completed the survival, evasion, resistance and escape physical within 24 months before submitting their accessions packet.

• If not already jump-qualified, soldiers must complete basic airborne training before reporting to the CA qualification course.

• Female soldiers must have a negative pregnancy test within 30 days before their CA Assessment and Selection report date.

Psychological Operations

• Soldiers requesting reclassification into the Psychological Operations career field must have a current survival, evasion, resistance and escape Level C physical on record, and a minimum GT score of 107.

• Soldiers in the ranks of private first class through sergeant are eligible to apply for reclassification if they have at least 18 months in the service, but no more than 10 years.

• Female soldiers must have a negative pregnancy test within 30 days before their report date for the PO Assessment and Selection.

• Soldiers must successfully complete PO Assessment and Selection to attend the qualification course, which is a prerequisite for reclassification.

All soldiers

All of these changes will be reflected in a future update to Chapter 5 of AR 614-200, the Army's principal regulation governing enlisted assignments and personnel management. For detailed information about the regulation changes, soldiers should access MilPer Message 16-073.

For career field specifics and application details, soldiers should access the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion (Airborne) website.

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