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Yukon & co., your encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Pararescue and Combat Control, and their associated heraldry, is always fascinating. I'm curious if you have any insight (or predictions) about heraldry changes for SOWT --> SR, and whether "Special Tactics" is being changed to "Special Warfare" across AFSOC (beyond just the Training Wing).
 

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The October 2019 AFECD is expected to provide the definitive answer. The anticipated action is establishling the enlisted 1Z Special Warfare career field. Neither Special Tactics, Battlefield Airman, or Guardian Angel have scope or purpose to depth and extent of establishing a never previously existing career field having four distinct and separate enlisted career specialities.
 
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A lot of the "branding" decisions have been put on a temp hold, not just with SR but with the entire AFSPECWAR enterprise. There is a massive amount of 'mission first' priorities that need ironed out before the branding. While branding is indeed important (beret color, weapon system name, unit name, flash design, etc), the mission critical parts such as team composition, squadron composition, training pipeline, deployment schedules, manpower and money are the first priority so the men can continue to execute.
October should bring us some answers to a lot of the questions you guys may have. Until then, we'll continue updating you guys, when able, on the status of the AFSOC merger, SR updates, etc. Please continue asking your questions along the way and we'll do our best to find what you're looking for.

Hooyah
 

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Heraldry is neither capability or performance. It's actually lacking in purpose without a consistent pattern of acknowledged recognizable accomplishing over the duration of a period of time giving it value or worth. Without such achieving by a group, unit, or organization it provide to guiding aspiring motivation to model choices, decisions or build conformity to being actively being there participating getting something done member of a group or unit having purpose. US Army Special Forces came into being in 1952 and they obtained beret uniform in 1962 (about 10 years). Pararescue came into being 1947 and obtained beret uniform in 1966 (about 19 years), consequently these two beret get a bit more attention by the general public than the others because reputation was built before the beret was approved and authorized.

The soon to be Special Warfare specialties exist to provide a validated, justified, and feasible operational capability. Without human exemplifying human performance connected to mission success in fulfilling activities directly connected to the utilization of this operational capability to achieving success there is no value gained in concurrently rebranding and imposing new heraldry branding. Such things have no connection to team composition, squadron composition, weapon system name, training pipeline, deployment schedules, manpower or funding.

The operational capability is either concurrently needed and feasible or it isn't. If needed, the operational capability is utilized as it's intended and expected to be utilized.
 
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Yukon & co., your encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Pararescue and Combat Control, and their associated heraldry, is always fascinating. I'm curious if you have any insight (or predictions) about heraldry changes for SOWT --> SR, and whether "Special Tactics" is being changed to "Special Warfare" across AFSOC (beyond just the Training Wing).
Are Battlefield Airmen considered to be frogmen?
 

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No, that terminology traditionally refers to Navy UDT divers origins. The qual these days is combat diver.
 

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Ask the USN SEALs. A frog is an amphibian. Frogman came into prominence during WWII and 1950s primarily with connection to certain types of amphibious activities and missions.

amphibian — A small craft, propelled by propellers and wheels or by air cushions for the purpose of moving on both land and water. (JP 4-01.6)

amphibious advance force — A temporary support force assigned to the amphibious force that conducts shaping operations in the amphibious objective area or operational area prior to the arrival of the amphibious force. (JP 3-02)

amphibious assault — A type of amphibious operation that involves establishing a force on a hostile or potentially hostile shore. See also assault; assault phase. (JP 3-02)

amphibious operation — A military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force to conduct landing force operations within the littorals. Also called PHIBOP. See also amphibious force; landing force; mission; operation. (JP 3-02)

amphibious raid — A type of amphibious operation involving swift incursion into, or temporary occupation of, an objective area followed by a planned withdrawal. See also amphibious operation. (JP 3-02)

 
A lot of the "branding" decisions have been put on a temp hold, not just with SR but with the entire AFSPECWAR enterprise. There is a massive amount of 'mission first' priorities that need ironed out before the branding. While branding is indeed important (beret color, weapon system name, unit name, flash design, etc), the mission critical parts such as team composition, squadron composition, training pipeline, deployment schedules, manpower and money are the first priority so the men can continue to execute.
October should bring us some answers to a lot of the questions you guys may have. Until then, we'll continue updating you guys, when able, on the status of the AFSOC merger, SR updates, etc. Please continue asking your questions along the way and we'll do our best to find what you're looking for.

Hooyah
Thanks. I guess this partly answers the question: http://instagr.am/p/Bzxs_j4gHmj/
Knowing, as Yukon rightly noted, that heraldry has nothing to do with capability, it's always interesting to see how these things develop. Times of change are never dull!
 

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For reference, the shot above was taken at the Special Warfare Training Group. The Training Group/Training Wing have led the push on the AFSPECWAR brand. Recently, the Pentagon A3S branch (Special Warfare) stood up as well. The AFSPECWAR brand is starting to proliferate.
I anticipate it will take some time to fully iron out the Special Warfare vs Special Tactics vs Battlefield Airman vs Guardian Angel name brands. It currently makes things awfully confusing to the uninformed (ie, the majority).

SW
 
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