Being a part of the Special Forces provides some great benefits, such as:
- enlistment bonus of up to $6k
- up to $83,488 for continuing education
- 30 days of vacation
- medical and dental care
- specialized military training
- shared leadership
Family Life in the Special Forces
Currently the total number of times a Special Forces (SF) soldier is away from home in one year may be the same or even less than the number of times he would be away from home in a conventional combat arms unit. Time away tends to be greater for soldiers who are on an SFODA than for soldiers with other assignments.
Most deployments are planned well in advance, and families are given the soldier’s location and address. In these situations, the soldier will have access to some form of communication to get in contact with his loved ones at home. However, there are rare occasions when the soldier deploys unexpectedly or is not able to disclose his exact location.
Special Operations has always set the example for the Army with respect to support for families. They were one of the first to develop Family Readiness Groups (FRG). Involvement in the unit’s FRG can help to create a support network for the family to help solve some of the inevitable issues that will arise during deployment. Both positive and negative outcomes directly come from the family’s attitude and opinions about coping with deployment.
When the Soldier begins the SFQC, the Company Commander will host a briefing/social that will help to introduce the families to the FRG and the Family Readiness Coordinator. The meetings, which are open to all, provide opportunities to discuss issues and share information. Each SF Group also has its own family readiness group. Plus, there are many other formal and informal sources of support for SF families. A family member in SF never needs to feel alone.
Sources of support for SF families include – Family Readiness Centers(where family members can come to socialize, get information, volunteer, seek advice or assistance, ask questions about their soldier and/ or the unit’s mission), Family Readiness Group, supportive relationships among team members and their wives (the team is often described as a “second family”), “Chain of concern” rosters used to pass along information and assistance, chaplain’s office and the installation Family Resource Center, and Family Pre-deployment and Re-deployment briefs.