posted on Dec, 27 2012 @ 10:48 AM
Originally posted by Bedlam
How long were you in the field before you rotated out to other duty? Are alphas kept longer now? Back when, you had to hit it and then leave, captains
rotated out pretty fast, warrants were forever.
The Special Forces Branch for Officers doesn't become available until one makes 1LT(P) then one goes to the Q course and is assigned to a team for
24 months as a Captain. This is considered Command time similar to Company Command for other branches.
Once you complete your 24 months as Team Leader you will still be an SF Officer (18A) but you rotate through staff positions to learn the ropes (All
the S shops and such). There are of course the "special nominative type" detachments opportunities for officers that enlisted folks have. A lot of
unique leadership opportunities are available.
Once you make Major, you might luck into Command of a SF Company like I did - or what is known as B detachment. Its Commanding the 6 SFODA's in the
completion of their missions and in my case came with Command of a regional operating area in Afghanistan. Mostly politics - not a lot of sexy action
If one stays in the Special Operations Branch for a career as a traditional officer tracked person unless he is superman he will retire as a LTC
probably. There are just not a lot of opportunities for large organizational leadership. A lot of guys will ask for infantry commands at the
Battalion level or higher if they are into that thing. Most are satisfied to be operators.
Hardly any of the General Officers in the Army are from the SF branch, ironically most of them are SF qualified though. They are known as the ticket
I was enlisted before I became an officer I was a SFC Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. I started as an infantry man in the 75th. I also, have the
MOS 97B (which is something else now) that was required for a nominative type job when I was enlisted. I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in
Military Intelligence and spent my mandatory time assigned to SF units in a support role. Other than the platoon leader time that was required - I
was a CI Platoon Leader.
One can stay 18A but it is a decision that will result in a hard ceiling of LTC - perhaps COL if you are a superstar.
I knew I wouldn't even make that having become an officer so late in my career so the decision for me was an easy one. I am cool retireing at Major
having been both a Senior NCO and Field Grade Officer in SF.