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I'm in Lexington, KY. I have been told that the ONLY reserve unit for SERE Specialist is in Washington State, can this be verified? I know that's the only post for Active SERE state side, but I find it odd that, that would be the only reserve unit?
 

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You do know there is no such thing as a SERE unit other than the formal SERE school locations in the Regular or reserve components of the Air Force?

Other than Instructor duty positions connected to the SERE courses, the other duty positions are Wing or Squadron support positions. Generally it's my understanding a 5-skill level or 7-skill level is required for such positions and there is not very many of these support positions at a geographic permanent party assignment location compared to school house duty positions.
 
As I understand it, SERE prefers their reserve slots to be filled by prior SERE, but there are options when coming in. One of my buddies tried filling a slot at Patrick that had been vacant for 5 years at that point. The way he described it was that Patrick AFB would pay for him to go through all of the necessary training, and upgrade training (OJT). So it is definitely possible if you find a unit with a vacancy and the willingness to spend, you would just have to be prepared to move where ever that slot is which may be a tough sell for a reserve job.

I am sure there are more bases but all I know of personally is Patrick, and the guard base in Portland, Oregon. (and for all I know they may be filled at this point)
 
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Dragoon5G</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I know that's the only post for Active SERE state side </div></div>

A recruiter may have mislead you on that point. With SERE after training you have a three year controlled tour at Fairchild AFB, and often times you can end up back at the schoolhouse. But, as Yukon said SERE fills slots for Operations Support. Typically there are 2 SERE Specialists at every base, some bases have more availability depending on the mission. So Washington is not the only place you will be.
 

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Here's a few articles that may give an idea of the nature of SERE support positions at various wings and squadrons. Determining the CONUS & Alaska/HAWAII breakdown of such AFRES and Air National Guard SERE duty positions is time consuming and then there would be the subsequent work effort of keeping it current.
 

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There are some SERE positions available, but apparently very few. I am a SERE Specialist in the reserves and we were taken off of the critical skills list for FY15. I know people that were sent through all of the training to become a SERE Specialist but units do prefer that someone is at least a 5 level and prior service.
 
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Reserves and ANG are taking on new boot SERE guys. You'll just have to speak to the units in your surrounding area and see if they are willing to put you through the training.
 
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Hey Sere1402, Thanks, Would you happen to know which guard locations have vacancies right now?
 
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Thanks everyone, I have a recruiter looking into retrain slots right now for AD! As of now he says, it's only PJ for retrain.
 

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There is no typical work schedule for Battlefield Airman, particularly for PJs and CCT. Duties to include proficiency training isn't shift oriented or shift schedule connected. These jobs are not base support or combat support in nature.
 
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I was thinking SERE specialists, being instructors, had a more "set" schedule. When I was in the Army as a SCOUT, we would go to the field pretty often, long training days for ranges and land nav and what not, but for the most part it was M-F, early morning PT then off anywhere between 16 and 18.......for most days anyway.
 

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Although SERE is a combat support AFSC and is not designated as a Battlefield Airman AFSC it has duty positions that can be generally a M-F day job. But generally it is difficult to hang hat on the majority of duty positions being that way.

Think about, the SERE environment students are being exposed to does not have any time outs. It is 24-7 from time such environment is entered into and gotten out of. The field portions of SERE training of a SERE course does not stop for coffee breaks or because the union whistle blows for shift change on the assembly line.

There is a set schedule for the instructor, but its governed by when a Course class starts training day one and ends with the last training day of the course.

Further SERE inherited from Life Support (now aircrew flight equipment, AFSC 1P0X1) all the local base SERE continuation training given to aircrew and care and feeding of those play survivor in the field in such exercises as Red Flag. Thus there are TDYs.

SERE also inherited from intel ISOPREP and other Personnel Recovery (PR) operational support responsibilities such as debriefing repatriated isolated personnel.

As SERE duty positions are only one, two and maybe three person deep buried in the Wing level organization it can be a easy day or a very busy day.

I am not aware of the AF Reserves operating any formal SERE course. AFRES SERE may be supplying/augmenting SERE Instructors at the AETC SERE courses, but the primary purpose for AFRES SERE and ANG SERE is to pick up and do those training and PR Operational Support duties that used to be done by life support and intel personnel.
AFI 16 1301 SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE, AND ESCAPE (SERE) PROGRAM Read Chapter 3 - Operational Support and Chapter 2 - Code of Conduct Continuation Training.
 
After you complete training and become a 1T031 you will join one of the survival flights at the SERE School and will probably complete your first enlistment there. while there you will certify as an instructor, complete you 5 level requirements, support exercises, maybe do some cool guy courses, and maybe deploy. Its a lot of fun and very busy for a couple weeks then normal duty days for a couple weeks at a time. you will be TDY at least once a month to the woods to teach and more for other TDY's. hope this helps some.
 
My above timeline was what I experienced while there, and is active duty only. since Dragoon stated he was looking into AD retraining slots, that is why I made the above post. Reserves have a different timeline. I apologize if I confused or misled anyone.
 
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Thanks SEREguy !!! That does give me a pretty good idea. What is SERE's role while deployed?
 

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Dragoon5G</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> What is SERE's role while deployed? </div></div> AFI 16-1301 SERE Program read 3.5. SERE Specialists PR Duties while Deployed:

Also pertinent to Reserve Component entry classification into SERE. The CFETP discloses "6.4.2. Within 90 days of S-V81-A graduation, ANG (Air National Guard) and AFRC (Air Force Reserve Command) SERE Specialist Apprentices will start S-V95-A, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Field Training Operations (ARC Only). S-V95-A ensures all ANG and AFRC obtain the skills and experience that can only be gained by performing field training operations in the 22 TRS."
 
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