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Special Warfare

Overview: Special Warfare officers lead joint forces in global access, precision strike and personnel recovery missions and seamlessly coordinate air, ground and inter-agency capabilities. This job classification integrates former Air Liaison, Combat Rescue, Tactical Air Control Party and other specialties into one officer position.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Ensure special warfare teams are organized, trained and equipped to perform core missions of direct action, special reconnaissance, personnel/material recovery, hostage rescue and other key functions 
  • Lead special operations forces conducting global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations
  • Leads special operations air traffic control, terminal attack control and command and control operations 
  • Leads special reconnaissance activities and personnel


  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Successful completion of the AFSPECWAR physical ability and stamina test
  • Must maintain compliance with medical standards for the Special Warfare Airman physical 
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance 


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required
  • Successful completion of an AFSPECWAR Initial Officer Assessment & Selection Course (Phase I & Phase II)
  • Successful completion of an AFSPECWAR assessment and selection