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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


  • Successful completion of SERE physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • Minimum score of 40 on SERE selection model in TAPAS
  • Meet psychological requirements outlined in AFI 48-123
  • Meet FCIII physical and psychological qualifications for SERE Specialist and parachutist duty
  • Normal color vision and depth perception
  • Absence of any speech impediment and ability to read aloud and speak distinctly 
  • ASVAB score of 55 on General 
  • Demonstrate weight lift of 70 pounds
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training is at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX, Hurlburt Field, FL, Fairchild AFB, WA and Ft Benning, GA; length of courses varies 
  • College credits earned: Survival Instructor - number of credits varies

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  • Teachers and Instructors