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Special Warfare Reconnaissance

Special Warfare Reconnaissance

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Special Warfare

The Special Forces Accession board met Sept. 28-30, 1992, to consider
applications for Special Forces from year-group-89 officers. The board
selected 202 applications for 138 YG 89 requirements in SF. The number of
those officers who will successfully complete Special Forces Assessment
and Selection, the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course
and language school is unknown. Based on last year’s statistics, these
applicants should produce approximately 131 SF officers two years from
now. Additional YG 89 applications will be accepted until the fall of 1996.
Prospects are good that YG 89 will eventually be filled to the authorized
level of manning.

Because of a shortage of Special Forces officers on active duty, particularly
captains, an action is currently being developed that would allow reserve-
component SF captains to apply for active duty. Many details have yet to
be worked out, but plans call for a board to consider applications from offi-
cers who meet the still-to-be-determined screening criteria. Selected offi-
cers would be brought on active duty for a three-year tour. Based on the
needs of the Army and officer performance, some officers may be allowed to
apply for “career status” and compete for selection to major. For further
details contact Capt. Scott Peters in the SWCS Special Operations Propo-
nency Office, DSN 239-2415/9002, commercial (919) 432-2415/9002.

SF Branch chief publishes
standing orders

The chief of the Special Forces Branch, Lt. Col. William J. Davis III, has
recently published his branch philosophy and standing orders for all Spe-
cial Forces officers:

1.Be honest — Always tell the truth. In these demanding times of the
drawdown, we must be totally frank with our soldiers. Integrity is
non-negotiable.
2.Be factual.
3.Always do your best — No one can expect more from you, and I
cannot accept less. This is what our soldiers deserve. Demonstrate
this by execution and not by idle words.
4.Never divulge sensitive information.
5.Never predict what a board will do.
6.We are PERSCOM professionals — The red and blue books serve as
our FMs and TMs. Your character, maturity, interpersonal skills and
common sense will guide you to the target.
7.Be aware of your operational surroundings.
8.Never let emotionalism cloud your perspective.
9.Always remember who you are and what you represent to our
families, our Army, our Department of Defense and our nation.
10.Never forget the Golden Rule.
11.Never forget our Special Forces heritage.
12.Twelve orders and 12 men. Never forget the A-team. De Oppresso
Liber! God bless America!

FY 92 SF Accession Board
selects 202 from YG 89

RC SFofficers may be able
to apply for active duty

February 1993

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Some 18/39 officers eligible
for RSC credit

Some FA 39 officers
reclassified

Some FA 39 officers may notice a different area-of-concentration identifier
on their next ORB. According to the SWCS Proponency Office, some FA 39
officers have been reclassified from 39B, PSYOP Officer, to 39B/C, PSYOP
and Civil Affairs Officer, based on their training and duty assignments.
This increases the inventory of 39C officers in the functional area and the
Officer Distribution Plan.

SOPO welcomes
new personnel

Special Forces officers with Functional Area 39 who completed the Foreign
Area Officer Course prior to July 1986 are eligible to receive constructive
credit for the Regional Studies Course. To update their ORBs, eligible offi-
cers should contact Maj. Ray Morales, FA 39 assignments officer at PER-
SCOM, DSN 221-3115. He has a roster of officers who qualify for construc-
tive credit, but he cannot update ORBs unless officers notify him.

The SWCS Special Operations Proponency Office has recently gained the
following personnel: Lt. Col. Dave Wildeman, chief of SOPO; Maj. Ron
Fiegle, CA Branch manager; CWO 3 Schaun Driscoll, 180A manager; SFC
R.B. Gardner, operations sergeant; Mrs. Jeanne Schiller, FA 39 manager;
and Mrs. Mary Ann Handran, secretary. Recent losses are Lt. Col. William
A. Behrens, to Office of the Defense Attaché - Lebanon; Maj. Jose Mar-
tinez, to U.S. Army - South; and CWO 3 Bobby Shireman, to the Joint
Readiness Training Center, Fort Chaffee, Ark.

Reserve-component officers assigned to Civil Affairs troop program units in
positions requiring Branch 38 qualification are now required to complete
the new two-phase Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course. Phase I of the
new course, taken by correspondence, consists of both Army common-core
and Civil Affairs-specific subcourses. Phase I culminates with a writing
requirement which must be completed prior to the officer attending Phase
II resident training at Fort Bragg. Officers previously enrolled in the old
four-phase CAOAC are authorized to complete that course for qualifica-
tion, with a few conditions. First, they must have been enrolled in either
the OAC Phase I common-core correspondence course offered by the Army
Correspondence Course Program prior to Oct. 1, 1991, or Phase I of the
Combined Arms and Services Staff School prior to Oct. 1, 1992, to meet the
old common-core requirement. (Officers who have previously completed
any other advanced course are exempt from this requirement.) Second, all
CAOAC students must have been enrolled in the old Phase III correspon-
dence course not later than Oct. 1, 1992. ACCP will no longer enroll stu-
dents in this course. Finally, all correspondence requirements under the
four-phase system must be completed by Oct. 1, 1993. Officers who cannot
meet these requirements must enroll in the new two-phase advanced
course, including those officers who have previously completed any of the
old resident phases. Officers who enrolled in and completed the pilot Phase
I of the new CAOAC are authorized to complete the course by attendance
in Phase IV of the old CAOAC. No other waivers or exceptions are autho-
rized. Phase II of the new CAOAC will be taught at Fort Bragg beginning
in the first quarter of FY 94. For more information, contact Maj. Ron
Fiegle in the Special Operations Proponency Office, DSN 239-6406, com-
mercial (919) 432-6406.

New Reserve Component
Civil Affairs Officer
Advanced Course fielded

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Special Warfare

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