Expanded Role/Mission for SERE



I've heard that SERE may be expanding their roles and responsibilities. Any idea on how the role is changing?


Staff member
SERE is primarily a combat support AFSC. Its combat support purpose is to provide SERE training. Any expansion from combat support to Battlefield or combat capability would require significant change to the SERE specialty description.

SERE went under significant role and mission expansion in 2007 when the Life Support and Survival Equipment AFSCs merged to form the aircrew flight equipment AFSC (1P0X1).

Prior to 2007 Base Life Support personnel provided SERE training support to the local bases having aircrew assigned. Prior to 2007 and particularly during 1980s and 1990s it was just as likely to see life support providing SERE support to exercises where aircrews were playing survivor such as Ridge Runner. SERE expanded into being the local base SERE trainers at this time.

Any likely expansion of SERE duties will be in the support arena and not onto the battlefield. SERE has also expanded to be SERE support for the rescue squadrons and Special Tactics Squadrons.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">From AFECD:

Functions as in-theater SERE and PR subject matter expert (SME) to include Nonconventional Assisted Recovery (NAR). Manages development and coordination of SERE and PR operations. <span style="color: #CC0000">Manages SERE programs including isolated personnel reports (ISOPREP), evasion plans of action (EPA), blood chits, evasion charts EVC), and PR aids.</span> Augments Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC), Unconventional Assisted Recovery Coordination Center (UARCC) and Personnel Recovery Coordination Cell (PRCC) as SERE and PR SME. Assists in developing theater PR infrastructure, CONOPS and recommends changes. Conducts FID and OPE in support of PR.</div></div>The item in red prior to 2000 was primarily an Intel responsibility.

Also FID=Foreign Internal Defense which has many elements is also not unique or specific to SERE AFSC. FID is something that can be tacked onto many AFSC classification descriptions. FID is primarily training military in foreign allied or friendly countries.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Reference goSERE.com

Personnel Recovery

During Personnel Recovery Operations you are part of a close-knit team who defend our nation as the Air Force's "Guardian Angels." Guardian Angel is a non-aircraft weapons system that is composed of personnel from three specific Air Force specialties with the core skills and equipment required to provide the war fighting commander with a full spectrum capability to accomplish Personnel Recovery. The Combat Rescue Officer, Pararescue personnel, and SERE Specialists represents three distinct elements of the weapon systems capability. Specifically, SERE Specialist support to PR operations covers the spectrum of engagements from regional conflict to small-scale contingencies and consists of three mission areas which form the SERE triad. These include (1) initial training, (2) refresher/continuation training, and (3) deployed operations supporting high-risk-of-capture /high-risk-of-isolation personnel. Operational SERE Specialists role within the "Guardian Angel" weapon system is to support the five tasks of PR. The support begins by preparing the war fighter to properly plan and prepare if they encounter an isolating event. The SERE Specialist will continue to support by assisting in the pre planning and preparation for possible isolated personnel and the ensuing PR mission. Upon the recovery of isolated personnel the operational SERE Specialist helps to facilitate reintegration and ensure lessons learned are documented and forwarded.</div></div>

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Staff member
The SERE involvement in counterterrorism is at the support level by providing training, administrating certain flow, gathering and safe keeping of info. These duty positions are primarily 5-level and 7-level duty positions.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">1. Specialty Summary: Develops, conducts, and manages Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) programs. Develops, conducts, manages, and evaluates Formal SERE training and refresher SERE training. Provides direct support to Combatant Commanders in Personnel Recovery (PR) preparation, planning, execution, and adaptation. Operates in eight geographic disciplines of Temperate, Arctic, Desert, Tropic, Coastal, Open Sea, Urban and Captivity, day or night, to include friendly, denied, hostile, or sensitive areas in support of operational preparation of the environment (OPE). Conducts foreign internal defense (FID). Conducts developmental and operational testing on and instructs the use of SERE related equipment. Performs and instructs basic, advanced, and emergency military parachuting. Coordinates SERE activities and conducts observer and controller duties during Personnel Recovery exercises. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 101200.</div></div>

Conducting FID is an ambiguous utilization/mission need statement.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">foreign internal defense
(DOD) Participation by civilian and military agencies of a government in any of the action programs taken by another government or other designated organization to free and protect its society from subversion, lawlessness, insurgency, terrorism, and other threats to its security. Also called FID.
Source: JP 3-22</div></div>FID overlaps and encompasses many types of activities. In many instances it is nothing more than providing training.

Iraqi Police Becoming 'Very Capable' at Law Enforcement is an example of a FID mission.
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