USAF Special Ops Command Considers Training Overhaul

A comprehensive review is evaluating the expertise necessary for commandos to be successful.

Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is undergoing an extensive review of its training methods as it prepares for a new combat era. Led by AFSOC Commander Lieutenant General Tony Bauernfeind, the review will lead to modifications in the initial qualification and advanced training phases for airmen en route to their first operational units.

With a focus on a rapidly changing global landscape and the branch’s shift towards competition with China, AFSOC plans to streamline training to match future combat environments. This will involve removing lesser-used skills and adjusting selection criteria, replacing combat dive training with a prerequisite water confidence training in initial courses for special warfare officers and enlisted combat control and special reconnaissance airmen.

The proposed changes reflect a shift in strategy, recognizing that certain skills that, while important, might not be essential for many special warfare officers. These adjustments come as the U.S. withdraws from major conflicts and seeks to align training more closely with future challenges. AFSOC’s review extends beyond training and includes considerations of battlefield expertise and unit organization. The evaluation also seeks to refine fitness tests and standards in special warfare training.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Lieutenant General Bauernfeind as he oversees the training review and updates.
  • For Secretary Frank Kendall as he oversees the U.S. Air Force.
  • For General Charles Brown in his role as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Sources: Air Force Times, Military Times


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