If you are female, the answer is, “No.” The Army Special Forces are not open to women. Although there are thousands of other excellent career opportunities for women in the military, Army Special Forces is not one of them.
The Army’s Special Forces, also known as the Green Beret, are an elite, world-class fighting force. They operate in every geographical region on earth, under the harshest conditions, performing the impossible on a regular basis. During domestic peacetime, this fighting force is at the cutting edge of search and rescue efforts and friendly foreign defense missions. Leading these trained professionals requires high levels of professionalism, self-control, organization, initiative and intelligence in peacetime operations as well as in combat.
As an Army Special Forces Officer, you will be responsible for mission organization, debriefing mission objectives and outfitting your 12-man Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) for counter-terrorism, direct action, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance and unconventional war scenarios. You will receive extensive and specialized training that includes Airborne, Ranger School, and Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), among others.
You must be a natural leader, a man that others can count upon to perform his duties, to be courageous, physically fit, and to be a man of integrity. Mission accomplishment is the only measurement of success in the Army Special Forces and fast decision making skills are mandatory. Physical, moral and intellectual fortitude are only the most basic ingredients to what is ultimately a superior warrior and leader, an Army Special Forces Officer.
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