June 28, 2013

Changes at ACAP Patterned after Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Army Career and Alumni Program is adopting a new program that will aid a soldier’s transition back into the life of a civilian. These changes were inspired by a program in place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


Currently, under a congressional mandate, a pre-separation briefing is required no later than 90 days before leaving active duty, with 30-40 hours of ACAP training. The new program will require the process to begin at least 12 to 18 months before a soldier leaves active duty.

An extension in the timeframe of the program will enable soldiers to take advantage of it, without interfering with their duties. Before leaving active duty, all soldiers must have a resume, regardless of their plans, and commanders will be made aware of Soldier participation.

This plan was initially developed at JBLM, due to the high unemployment rate among soldiers who leave active duty. In 2010, the Army spent $500 million supporting former Soldiers who were without a job. The cost is expected to rise to $700-800 million this year.

The counselors at JBLM realized that the soldiers needed more time for transition when deciding what to do next, whether it be re-enlisting, starting a business, or something else. With this information, the counselors could guide Soldiers to the correct resources and help them to reach their goals.

ACAP director Walter M. Herd said: “(The program) really does highlight that the Army is all about people. Whether you’re 25 or 65, everyone has a next chapter.”

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Army Special Forces Everything That You Need To Know

The Army special forces is an elite group of soldiers who are often assigned tasks that must be handled by individuals with good language skills and a wide variety of unique skill sets. Whether you are in the Army right now, or you are thinking about joining the Army, you will likely dream about being in the special forces at some point in your lifetime.


The life of soldiers who are lucky enough to be a part of this elite force often handle tasks that simply cannot be handled by regular Army forces. These tasks often include the process of teaching foreign nations about humanitarian rights issues, implementing unconventional warfare tactics, and establishing a wide assortment of civic action projects around the world.

If you are hoping to join this organization at some point in your career, you should start preparing yourself for the tasks that must be completed by soldiers in the special forces, because good language skills are generally required. Since foreign language skills are required prior to applying to become a part of this force, knowledge of relevant languages widely used around the world will certainly be very helpful later in your training.

Whether you are already a private in the military, or you are just a civilian, you can make an attempt to become a member of the elite special forces. Everyone must finish the basic training soldiers are required to complete, but members of this force complete a large amount of additional training that few soldiers ever see.

This additional training often tests the aptitude of the individuals who want to be a member of this organization, but the training given to soldiers once they apply to join this organization also tests the endurance and resourcefulness of applicants as well. Applicants are expected to have sharp minds and the ability to think quickly, even when under intense pressure.

Elite forces must be proficient in a number of fields and they must be able to innovate easily while enduring stressful situations. For this reason, the Army administers a wide variety of tests that push the cognitive abilities of applicants to the limit.

Once you have achieved the prestigious green beret the special forces have become well known for, you will be assigned to complete counterterrorism, direct action, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare tasks. Not all of the tasks you will be assigned will be of a classified nature, but due to the unique capabilities of this Army unit, you can expect to be assigned a classified mission at some point in your future.

Special Forces Groups:

  • 1st Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
  • 3rd Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • 5th Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • 7th Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • 10th Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado.
  • 19th Special Forces Group – One of two National Guard Special Forces Groups. Headquartered in Draper, Utah.
  • 20th Special Forces Group – One of two National Guard Special Forces Groups. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

While units from this portion of the Army do handle a large number of combat missions, they also provide a tremendous amount of support to complete humanitarian missions around the world. These missions are important, because they help cultures around the world adapt their living conditions to current environments. For this reason, you can expect your language skills to come in handy in the future too.

Special Forces Job Titles (MOS Descriptions):

  • 18A – Special Forces Officer
  • 180A – Special Forces Warrant Officer
  • 18B – Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
  • 18C – Special Forces Engineering Sergeant
  • 18D – Special Forces Medical Sergeant
  • 18E – Special Forces Communications Sergeant
  • 18F – Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant
  • 18X – Special Forces Candidate (Active Duty Enlistment Option)
  • 18Z – Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Army special forces are made up of men who are completely devoted to bettering the world. By joining these elite units, you will be in a position to change the world with all of the skills and knowledge you have acquired through your training. You will also be in a great position to improve the relationships the United States maintains with other countries and your diplomatic missions will likely prove to be just as important as your combat missions.

For more information (Army Special Forces recruiting information):  http://www.goarmy.com/special-forces.html
United States Army Special Operations Command (Special Forces) Homepage:  http://www.soc.mil/