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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

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160th SOAR(Abn) Enlisted

“I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States.”

ARE YOU READY TO LEVEL UP?

Since our inception, the 160th SOAR has filled its ranks with “tested volunteers.” Enlisted Soldiers and NCOs are actively recruited to fill our ranks with the best men and women capable of executing our mission. The following is a general overview of the process:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualified in one of the authorized MOS or able to reclassify
  • Have or be able to obtain a SECRET security clearance
  • Must be a U.S. or Naturalized citizen
  • Must be financially stable
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Pass a standard ACFT (70% minimum in each event)
  • Be IAW AR 600-9
  • PULHES with at least a 111211
  • Mission/Team oriented
  • Airborne is MOS dependent
  • GT score minimum of 100

ENLISTED MOS

  • 13F
  • 15B
  • 15C
  • 15D
  • 15F
  • 15G
  • 15H
  • 15M
  • 15N
  • 15P
  • 15R
  • 15T
  • 15U
  • 15Y
  • 17E
  • 25B
  • 25C
  • 25E
  • 25S
  • 25U
  • 25V
  • 27D
  • 35F
  • 35G
  • 35L
  • 35N
  • 36B
  • 42A
  • 56M
  • 68F
  • 68G
  • 68J
  • 68W
  • 68X
  • 74D
  • 79S
  • 89B
  • 88M
  • 88N
  • 91B
  • 91C
  • 91D
  • 91E
  • 91J
  • 92A
  • 92F
  • 92R
  • 92Y
  • 94E
  • 94R

ENLISTED CAREER PATH

Process for becoming a Night Stalker and a valued member of the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Team is as follows:

Since our inception, the 160th SOAR has filled its ranks with “tested volunteers.” Enlisted Soldiers and NCOs are actively recruited to fill our ranks with the best men and women capable of executing our mission.

Our assessment process is conducted by the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion to ensure every prospective member of the organization is fit to serve as a Night Stalker. 

All Night Stalkers share this experience that unites them under a common goal which is to serve our Nation’s most elite Special Operations Warriors. The following is a general overview of the process for becoming a Night Stalker and a member of the Special Operations Command.

Complete the 160th SOAR Enlisted Application. Submit completed application to local SORB recruiter. Your SORB recruiter will submit your packet to the 160th recruiting office within 5 business days. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION.

The 160th Recruiting Office reviews and processes all applications. If you are screened favorably, your packet will be sent to HRC for your branch to approve release to the 160th SOAR. This process takes 2-3 weeks.

Selection and training is conducted by the SOATB Cadre and instructors during the Special Operations Combat Skills course otherwise known as “Green Platoon.”

Green Platoon is the initial training program all Soldiers must attend prior to becoming a member of the 160th. In Green Platoon, you will find the standards of performance exacting and unwavering. Our expectations are high, but attainable. Perform your best and arrive every day at the right time, right place, right uniform, in the right attitude to conduct training, and you will be successful.

Temporary Duty and Temporary Duty and Return (TDY-R): TDY-R Soldiers will report directly for Enlisted Combat Skills Training, and on completion of Enlisted Combat Skills and any follow-on training will report back to their installation to out-process prior to PCS to Ft. Campbell, KY; Hunter Army Airfield/Ft. Stewart, GA; or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Temporary Duty En Route (TDY-E): Soldiers traveling with assignment orders from IET/AIT and will report for Enlisted Combat Skills Training and any follow-on training. Upon completion of training, TDY-E Soldiers will proceed to Ft. Campbell, KY; Hunter Army Airfield/ Ft. Stewart, GA; or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Ft. Campbell ATRRS (FC-ATRRS): Soldiers will report directly for Enlisted Combat Skills Training, and on completion of Enlisted Combat Skills and any follow-on training will report back to their Ft. Campbell unit for out-processing before proceeding to Ft. Campbell, Hunter Army Airfield/ Ft. Stewart, GA, or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Special Operations Combat Skills and MOS specific training is the foundation for all newly assigned and/or re-qualifying Enlisted Soldiers. Many of these courses consist of formalized training resulting in Additional Skill Identifier (ASI), Special Qualification Identifier (SQI), and college credits for military education.

All Enlisted Soldiers will attend the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) Enlisted Combat Skills Course (Green Platoon). The 5-week course includes:

  • Physical Assessment
  • Security Clearance
  • Physiological Screening
  • Navy Class II Swim Test
  • First Responder
  • Trauma Lanes
  • Land Navigation Training
  • Special Operations Combative Program (SOCP)
  • Advanced Weapons Training

Following completion of Enlisted Combat Skills, Soldiers will complete unit level training prior to reporting to their gaining unit.

Special operations aircraft are highly modified with special mission equipment, advanced avionics, and communications. Maintenance courses are designed and built around maintaining our unique air frames. Formalized Maintenance Courses Include:

  • AH/MH-6 Maintainer Course
  • CAAS Avionics Course
  • AH/MH-6 Avionics Course

As part of their progression to Basic Mission Qualification (BMQ), enlisted Soldiers selected for duty as an MH-60 or MH-47 crewmember will receive additional formalized flight training in:

  • Mountain, Desert, Overwater/Ship Environments
  • Door Gunnery Qualification
  • Aerial Refueling Operations
  • Special Operations Mission Tasks
  • Aquatics/Dunker Training

Career management of our Soldiers and NCOs is critical to recruitment and retention. In addition to training, developing and mentoring subordinates, USASOAC and the 160th SOAR(Abn) leadership are charged with the talent management and leader development for every Soldier. Night Stalkers are leaders, highly trained professionals, and a critical component of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Morale, esprit de corps, and the retention of special operations aviation Soldiers and NCOs is critical to our mission and the future of our force.

Career stability and longevity as a Night Stalker means opportunity for advancement within the Regiment. Service opportunities include:

  • Section/Platoon NCOIC
  • Department NCOIC
  • Company/Battalion/Regiment Staff NCO
  • SOATB Flight Instructor
  • Enlisted Combat Skills Instructor
  • SORB Recruiter
  • Special Operations Aviation Advisor Directorate
  • ARSOF Branch at HRC
  • Company/Battalion/Regiment 1SG/CSM

Our goal is for each Night Stalker to maximize their military education. In addition to attending required Army professional development and leadership courses, you may have the opportunity to attend advanced military schools or those schools within a sister service that will enhance your capability.

The programs of instruction offered by the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion may translate as credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree through the American Council on Education (ACE).

Based on your MOS and duty position, you may have the opportunity to attend civilian/military schools and training that offer professional credentialing and certification opportunities..

Promotion opportunities are regularly available, but are competitive and based on performance. It is important to point out that special operations training, qualification courses, and opportunities can lead to valuable credentialing, a college degree, and experience that will be helpful in the advancement of your career.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available, but are competitive and based on performance. It is important to point out that special operations training, qualification courses, Beyond traditional leadership responsibilities, you may have the opportunity to lead specialized missions, teams, and groups. These types of leadership responsibilities are a regular occurrence within the special operations aviation community, and no two are the same. We rely on those NCOs placed in charge of these types of missions to use their leadership skills, training, knowledge, and intellect to complete their team’s assignment.

There are unlimited opportunities to lead within the 160th SOAR. Missions at home station and TDY require small and dispersed teams that will call on Soldiers who demonstrate character and competence in order to accomplish the mission. Junior leaders are frequently trusted to accomplish the mission without being “micromanaged”. As a result, Soldiers in the 160th realize their potential through service in this environment rich with quality leadership and trust.

SERVICE IN THE 160TH

Listen as these tried and true Volunteers share their Army Special Operations Aviation experience and what it’s like to be a Night Stalker.

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160TH SOAR(Abn)

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment(Abn) is the primary rotary-wing support to Department of Defense Special Operations Forces.

USASOAC

United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command – Flying the Best, without Fear, without Fail, without Equal, no Matter what the Future Holds.

FAMILY LIFE

Military Families face numerous challenges, but the 160th community has the experience and resources to assist in managing those challenges.

GREEN PLATOON

Enlisted Combat Skills aka “Green Platoon”, is led by the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Green Platoon is your first step to becoming a Night Stalker.

Combat Skills will challenge you in many different ways. You will find the standards of performance exacting and unwavering. Our expectations are high, but attainable.

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SPECIAL OPERATIONS RECRUITER LOCATIONS

FIND THE NEAREST RECRUITER

Germany – Grafenwöhr

Military Community BLDG 621, Room 120
Unit# 28130 Box 090
Grafenwöhr, DE
APO AE 09114-8130
Cell +49 162 2630438 (COVID-19)
DSN: 314-569-2883
(in Germany) (+49) 9641-83-5155

Italy – Vicenza

Caserma Ederle BLDG 10, Room 73
Vicenza, IT
APO AE 09630
Cell +49162 2630438 (COVID-19)
DSN: 314-646-5655
(in Italy) (+39) 0444-715-655

Korea – Camp Humphreys

Camp Humphreys
010-9589-6856

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