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SFQC Phase IV, MOS Training
Course Number: 2E-18A, 011-(B, C, D or E)30-C45 Clearance: Interim Secret
Class Size: 180 Iterations: 8 per year Course Duration: 14 Weeks
See ATTRS for course dates 90 Weeks for 18D students
Course Description: Each Soldier going through the SFQC is assigned to one of five military occupational specialties: detachment commander, or 18A; weapons sergeant, or 18B; engineer sergeant, or 18C; Special Forces medical sergeant, or 18D; and communications sergeant, or 18E.

18A - Special Forces Detachment Officer (2E-18A)
Prerequisites: Officer must have successfully passed the SF Orientation Course, Language, SUT, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape before entering AOC training. Any variation from these prerequisites requires a waiver from the Commanding General, SWCS.
Purpose: To train selected officers in the critical branch (18A) tasks and competencies required to perform the duties of a detachment commander of a Special Forces ODA.
Course Description: Focuses on the full operational spectrum of problem analysis and resolution design associated with SF core missions across the elements of national power spectrum. Duties and functional-area familiarization of the 18 series MOSs: communications, engineer, medical, weapons, intelligence; the military decision making process; special-operations mission planning; adaptive thinking and leadership; special reconnaissance; direct action; unconventional warfare; foreign internal defense; counterinsurgency operations; military operations in urban terrain; interagency operations; warrior skills; Advanced Special Operations skills; OPFUND management; elements of national power considerations; culture; in-depth core mission analysis; information operations, planning and conduct of ODA training; and three field-training exercises.

Module A - Special Forces Mission Analysis and Planning: The module provides student officers with an introduction to SOF mission peculiar software; fire support; an introduction to IO; mission planning utilizing the MDMP; target analysis; infiltration/exfiltration planning; non-conventional unassisted evasion and recovery planning.

Module B - Adaptive Thinking and Interpersonal Skills: This module develops the officer’s ability to perform in an asymmetrical environment. An adaptive leader is one who can intuitively identify and resolve complex problems simultaneously at multiple levels by influencing those around him, providing purpose, direction and a vision of his intended outcome, while anticipating and shaping second- and third-order effects in a dynamic and ambiguous environment.

Module C - SR/DA : This module teaches the doctrine associated with special reconnaissance and direct action missions and provides an introduction and overview of sensitive site exploitation operations and target site exploitation.

Module D - Foreign Internal Defense/Counterinsurgency: This module develops the officer’s capacity to develop a strategy based approach to FID support planning, and training that employs a methodology of balanced, decentralized, intelligence driven lethal and nonlethal operations across the operational spectrum. It emphasizes the importance of combined, multinational and interagency integrated operations and the establishment and functionality of mission supportive informal command relationships to stimulate their capacity to act as force multipliers. This module includes a FID/JCET FTX where students work by, with, and through host nation partners.

Module E – Unconventional Warfare: This module teaches student officers how to implement the developmental processes of an insurgency and identify the components of an insurgency. Implement the role and functions in operations as it relates to the seven phases of US sponsored insurgency. Demonstrate the uses of UW as a strategic option during the initial phases of a Geographic Combatant Commander’s Campaign Plan. This module includes UW Case Studies and a Case Studies Brief and a UW Pilot Team FTX.

Module F – Advanced Special Operations: This module familiarizes students with the basic fundamentals of advanced special operations.

Module J – MOS Cross Training: This module provides officers with knowledge and education of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of the individual MOS members of the SFODA. It identifies what the 18B, 18C, 18D, 18E are trained on during the SFQC and provides a familiarization of the role of the SF Warrant Officers, Operations Sergeant, and Intelligence Sergeant to future detachment commanders. This module will also provide limited MOS specific cross-training to students in the 18A Phase IV SFQC.

The Special Forces operational detachment commander is a captain who has been awarded the 18A MOS. He commands the detachment and is responsible for everything that the detachment does or fails to do. The commander may command and/or advise an indigenous battalion combat force. The commander will regularly meet abroad with the country team to include ambassadors, foreign ministers of defense and foreign presidents. He ensures his detachment is trained for combat anytime, anywhere and in any environment. The commander ensures that he and all of his detachment members are cross-trained on all assigned equipment and duties in case of injury or death to a detachment
member during a mission.


18B - Weapons Sergeant (011-18B30-C45)
Weapons sergeants have a working knowledge with weapons systems found throughout the world. They gain extensive knowledge about various types of U.S. and foreign small arms, submachine guns, machine guns, grenade launchers, forward-observer procedures and directs fires and indirect-fire weapons (mortars), anti-tank missiles. They learn the capabilities and characteristics of U.S. and foreign air defense and anti-tank weapons systems, tactical training and range fire as well as how to teach marksmanship and the employment of weapons to others. Weapons sergeants employ conventional and unconventional tactics and techniques as tactical mission leaders. They can recruit, organize, train and advise or command indigenous combat forces up to company size.
Prerequisites: Student must have successfully passed the Special Forces Orientation Course, SUT and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and escape before entering MOS training. Any variation from these prerequisites requires a waiver from the Commanding General, SWCS.
Purpose: To train selected Soldiers in the critical MOS and skill level (18B30) tasks and competencies required to perform the duties of a Special Forces weapons sergeant on an SF ODA.
Course Description: Direct- and indirect-fire systems and procedures: mortars, light/heavy weapons, sniper systems, anti-armor systems, forward observer and fire direction center procedures, close air support; Warrior skills; combatives; plan and conduct training; field training exercise.

Module A
Light Weapons: The purpose of this module is to produce a weapons sergeant capable of employing, maintaining and engaging targets with select U.S. and foreign pistols, rifles, shotguns, submachine guns and machine guns and grenade launchers

Module B
Heavy Weapons: The purpose of this module is to produce a weapons sergeant capable of employing, maintaining and engaging targets with select U.S. and foreign anti-armor weapons, crew-served weapons, mortars and in the utilization of observed fire procedures.

Module C
Tactics: The purpose of this module is to produce a weapons sergeant proficient in Special Forces and light-infantry tactics through platoon level.

Tactics FTX: This module develops the student’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the Special Forces weapons sergeant on
tactics, techniques and procedures that affects mission planning as it pertains to SF operations. This will increase the student’s
understanding of his operational environment.
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