Below we cover how to join AFSPECWAR career field (such as Combat Control, Pararescue, Air Liaison Officer, etc) via different means. We cover:
- Active Duty Enlistment for Non Prior Service and Prior Service
- Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve enlistment
- Crosstraining/Retraining for current Active Duty Airmen
- Officer Assessments for CRO, STO and ALO
Active Duty Non Prior Service and Prior Service (Enlisted)
To become an Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR) active duty operator, you need to contact a recruiter to begin the process (ASVAB, screening, medical tests, enlist, etc). Enlisted jobs include Combat Control, Pararescue, Special Reconnaissance and Tactical Air Control Party.
On the active duty side there are differences between a regular Air Force recruiter and an AFSPECWAR recruiter- ensure whoever you are speaking to is the right one. AFSPECWAR recruiters are trained to ensure you receive the right info and are prepped appropriately before BMT. If by chance you contact a regular AF recruiter and need the AFSPECWAR flavor, the regular AF recruiter should be able to put you in contact with an AFSPECWAR recruiter.
ANG and AF Reserve recruiters work differently and will put you in touch with the teams directly to try out.
Ways to Find an Active Duty Enlisted Recruiter
- *RECOMMENDED OPTION* Contact a local 330 RCS AFSPECWAR recruiter provided in this guide HERE. *Note* Although recruiter names may change over time, the phone numbers to the recruiting office should not change.
- Stop by your community’s local Air Force recruiting office
- Click the application tool on the Air Force recruiting website, provided on our Links page.
After making contact, the recruiter will refer you to a mentor that will help you train before basic training starts. This mentor is an ex-operator that will ensure your PAST test numbers are where they need to be prior to shipping out.
ANG or Air Force Reserve Recruiters
Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve units work with potential candidates directly prior to BMT to assess whether they are a good fit for that unit. To start the process, check out the AFSPECWAR Overview page to find a specific unit or location you have interest in. Then head over to the Links page and check out the ANG or Reserve recruiting websites to find a local recruiter for that base/area. If you are having difficulty finding a good contact, drop a request in the AFSPECWAR Forums and we will find you someone.
For current Active Duty Airmen that want to switch career fields. Refer to our AFSPECWAR retraining page for specific guidance.
Follow the procedures in the attached Assessment Program Guides (pdf):
- For Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) / Special Tactics Officer (STO) assessment, click HERE
- For Air Liaison Officer (ALO) assessment, click HERE
For additional questions or concerns, visit the AFSPECWAR community forums to collaborate with current, future and prior operators.