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Old 09-30-2013, 16:38   #1
Dog Pound Zulu
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Special Forces hopefuls attend readiness evaluation


NEW LONDON, N.C. – Eighteen soldiers from across the country pushed themselves to the limit during a Special Forces Readiness Evaluation for B Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in New London, N.C., Sept. 13 - Sept. 15, 2013, in hopes of being chosen as a potential candidate for Special Forces Assessment and Selection with the goal of one day wearing the coveted green beret.

SFAS is the Army Special Forces Regiment's official evaluation to gain entry into the Special Forces Qualification Course. The course, held at Fort Bragg, N.C., includes training in a foreign language, small-unit tactics, unconventional warfare and specialty skills for either Special Forces officers, weapons specialists, engineers, medics or communication experts and can lasts from one to two years depending on the specialty skill.

The soldiers were evaluated the entire weekend by completing a series of events designed to test their physical and mental abilities. It also gave them a peak at how challenging SFAS will be, should they be selected to attend.

Events included a timed road march of an undisclosed distance longer than six miles while carrying a 45-pound rucksack, an Army Physical Fitness Test taken in the dark, a swim test and training event, team events that involved carrying their fellow soldiers and a 350-pound tractor tire, a written test of Army knowledge and constant physical activities that tested each soldier’s
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