US Air Force: First Female Airman Enters Combat Controller Training

As reported in the Air Force Times on 18 November 2019, the Air Force confirmed on 14 October 2019 that the first female airman was in the training pipeline to become a combat controller. The enlisted combat control candidate began the eight-week special warfare preparatory course on 14 October 2019 and, if she graduates, she… Read More

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SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

Want to ‘have a go’ at the S.F. Experience?

The Special Forces Experience (S.F. Experience) can be described as one of the toughest, military-inspired, civilian courses in the world. In 2013 a small cadre of ex-SF soldiers organised a physical endurance event in the Brecon Beacons in remembrance of three soldiers who had recently died while taking part in an UK Special Forces Selection course.… Read More

Fancy Winning the Chance to Train with an Ex-US Special Forces Operator?

Crooked Horse Productions, a documentary television company, is developing an exciting new TV series featuring the legendary Pat McNamara, a 22-year veteran of US Army Special Operations, for a major US network. They are casting for military recruits looking to increase their chances at passing Selection. Since retiring from active service, Pat has been running Combat… Read More

AFSOC Special Tactics Officer Selection: What Place Accelerometry & Salivary Cortisol?

Research Paper Title Accelerometry and salivary cortisol response during Air Force Special Tactics Officer selection. Background Special Tactics Officer (STO) selection is conducted to select officers to enter the combat controller training pipeline. The aims were to determine physical activity patterns, estimate energy expenditure, and identify whether return and/or unsuccessful candidates demonstrated differences in cortisol… Read More

New TV Documentary ‘The Selection: Special Operations Experiment’

Taking part in military-style fitness and TV programmes is all the rage at the moment. Just started showing here in Australia on Tuesday nights is a new TV programme ‘The Selection’ – or The Selection: Special Operations Experiment to give the full title – which is a reality documentary taking 30 men and women with no military… Read More

Decision-Making and Going Uphill…

“There is a saying inside the organization that you shouldn’t make a decision while you are going uphill,” said the Lead Instructor. “The decision to see things through and to persevere should be made before you start the task.” (Lee, 2015). Lee, D. (2015) MARSOC Begins Screening And Assessment. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.marines.com/news/-/news-story/detail/NEWS_13MAR2015_MARSOC-BEGINS-SCREENING-ASSESSMENT_MARINESMIL. [Accessed: 31… Read More