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Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE)

Overview: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) are four key skills required by aircraft personnel in the unexpected event that their aircraft goes down, especially in hostile territory. SERE personnel train aircrew members in these essential survival capabilities; training that includes adapting to all possible environmental conditions, from ocean to arctic cold and desert heat.  

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Prepare aircrew and high-risk-of-isolation personnel to return with honor from any type of survival situation 
  • Complete intense training and be able to instruct crew members in the following areas: wilderness living, shelter construction, fire building, map and compass navigation, backpacking, food and water procurement, wilderness medicine and basic first aid, signaling and rescue techniques, escape and evasion, and prisoner of war (POW) resistance techniques 
  • Train in all major climatic conditions: arctic, desert, tropical, ocean and temperate


  • Completion of high school with eleventh-grade reading level required
  • Successful completion of SERE physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • ASVAB score of 55 on General 
  • Must score a 55 or higher on the SERE 2-Factor Selection Model
  • Meet psychological and physical requirements outlined in AFI 48-123. SERE members must meet the standards outlined in the Special Warfare column of the MSD (with exceptions for SERE noted in the comments section).
  • Passing color vision, as defined by correctly identifying at least 10 of 14 Ishihara Plates
  • Absence of any speech impediment and ability to read aloud and speak distinctly 


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers: 

  • Teachers and Instructors