Army Needs 5,000 Special Operations Soldiers

Although the Army has been steadily shrinking thanks to budget and personnel cuts over the past several years, if you are interested in a job in the Special Operations side of things, you should take action NOW!

Officials from the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion (SORB), say that they are looking for about 3,000 candidates to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) - about 2,000 active-duty enlisted, 1,500 new recruits for the 18X program, and 400 officers.

SORB is also looking for almost 1,000 candidates for civil affairs jobs: 737 active-duty enlisted and 225 officers. Psychological Operations, or PSYOPS is also looking to increase their recruiting, with a goal of 642 enlisted soldiers and 158 officers.

Finally, if aviation is your thing, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - more commonly known as the Night Stalkers - are looking for several different MOSs. A big one is 15-series (maintenance) specialties, but they are also looking for pilots for the AH-6 and MH-6 Little Bird, MH-60 Black Hawk and MH-47 Chinook, and officers and warrant officers with specialties in logistics and intelligence. They did not give exact numbers for their recruiting goals.

One thing to be aware of - most of these jobs are upping their minimum ASVAB testing standards, so make sure you prepare for the ASVAB so that you meet the new requirements. Both the PSYOPS and civil affairs jobs now require a minimum GT score of 107, while the SFAS is upping their minimum allowed GT score to 110, from 107.

If you've wanted to go Special Operations, but thought that you would never have an opportunity, this is the time to strike! Special Operations are likely only going to become more important, as the regular Army must cope with shrinking budgets and personnel, so start your career down a great and rewarding career path. You can find out more application information over at

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