Your workouts Prior & Post Selection will be different depending on your MOS and which Tribe you are in. Below are some recommended THOR3 workout and nutrition plans. The key is to remember that the Q and your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Injuries can take you out of the race.

Stretch, Ice, and Roll Out

Nutrition for Selection, SOF Nutrition

THOR 3 Training Program 

Looking to train up for Selection?

THOR3 covers SWCS for training and nutrition. Check out these Training programs recommended by the Official GoArmySof Training page

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces by Alan Hoe

Major "Dick" Meadows was vital to the early days of the Special Operations and Special Forces. He had a rocket of a career and took on any challenges he could get involved with. This attitude and his reputation allowed Meadows to train with the British SAS and bring...

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit – Eric Haney

A thrilling read with a lot of references to the Special Forces. A good portion of the book covers Selection for Delta Force. The rest covers some Training and Operations Eric Haney conducted while in CAG. A very controversial and tension-filled ending ensures that this book will be debated for years.

The Mission, The Men, & Me by Pete Blaber (Former Delta Force)

As a commander of Delta Force-the most elite counter-terrorist organization in the world-Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare-and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win-and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, readers will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life’s personal victories than they ever thought possible.

Selection Gear for anyone that truly wants to get selected


Winter Months

  • Smoker’s Jacket   –  During the winter months, you will see a lot of people wearing this. Easier to pack than the fleece jacket and warmer.
  • Glove Liners    –  Don’t go with just your issued glove liners, your hands will feel the piercing cold. Get something windproof and waterproof.
  • Darn Tough Socks   –   Your feet will get wet, no matter the season, brutal during the winter Selection. DarnTough socks are the best for handling rucking all day after crossing Scuba Road.
  • SeaLine Map Case – Do not rely on a cheap map case, you will destroy your map and fail Land Nav. The Small case works well to cover the entire section that you will cover at Land Nav in the Star Course. The small also fits nicely into your top or your FLC and has 4 sections for tie-downs.
  • Map Case LPT – Take the Moisture pack from your MRE and keep it in your map case. This will keep your map dry and easy to read.

Gear Advice

  • Learn the sewing basics   –   What good is a sewing kit if you can’t sew? If you can, take extra Engineer Tape. You can find some in the Craft Section at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. 
  • Canteen Straws   –   You will carry 2 Qt canteens on the top of your ruck. Unless you plan on stopping to take a drink you are going to need canteen straws! Very Important for any Selection.
    • Bite Valves.   –   These are important unless you intend on dumping your water as soon as you start. Most canteen straws come with the worst “bite valve” that will leak all over the bay and you’ll be “that guy.”
  • Reusable Ice Bag   –   You will have the opportunity to ice your feet and injuries sometimes. Bags may not always be available. Problem Solved.
  • Darn Tough Socks   –  (Worth it!). Your feet will get wet, no matter the season. These have a lifetime warranty and handle moisture like no other socks can. Your feet are the most vulnerable at Selection. You will not have time to change out socks, put your money where it matters. (These can also be found at the PX)
  • Superfeet insoles    –  for your boots. Your feet will thank you. FAQ
  • Solomon Lace Kit    –  for Running Shoes. The only lace kit worth using.
  • Multi-Tool is what you need to bring,not a knife. The pliers are important for undoing knots during Team Week.
  • Article Comparing Batteries for your flashlight and headlamp. Bring the best and bring more than you need.: article | image
  • Blue Light Headlamps  –  buy a headlamp with a red and BLUE light. The blue light will make reading your map so much easier especially if you highlight draws and other terrain features on your map.
  • Large “Dead Hooker” Duffel Bag  –  This is just easier than stuffing a regular duffel bag when you don’t have much time after layouts. This will come in handy many times during your Qualification Course.


    Price Comparison of FY 2020 Selection Packing List Items

    Use the price comparison spreadsheet to find the best prices from surplus stores in Fayetteville.

    These discounts are not limited to your time at SWCS. The discounts below are available to all military members. Benefits change over time and we do our best to update our site. If you know of any discounts we are missing let us know.

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    SUT, Concealed Carry, Long Range, and Much more. 37psr has you covered for everything you need to keep your edge while at Fort Bragg.

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    How to use SWCSOLDIER
    SWCSoldier is designed to help you find information about SFAS, POAS, or CAAS – Prepare for Selection – and getting you through the Qualification Course.
    Changes to Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). What does this mean for you?

    When changes were announced, SOFREP wrote a detailed article outlining the changes to SFQC; Article Found Meow.

    What do the recent SFQC changes mean for me as Special Forces, Civil Affairs, or Psychological Operations candidate? These changes mean that all three Qualification Courses will be changes to optimize and combine training within the three SOF Tribes. Below is the new layout for SFQC, original PDF found here

    Tell us what you think about these changes on our discussion page.

    Changes to SFQC

    Changes to SFQC

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    Before Selection you are going to want to get Educated on the TABE, DLAB, Knots for Team Week, and Map Reading, especially hand railing. You will also want to learn more about the Tribe you are becoming a part of so that you are not caught off guard when you hear it for the first time at SFPC/POPC.

    After Selection you will shift your focus to  your MOS then language for SF, and learning your Language then MOS for CA and PSYOP(for now). These resources will help you throughout your time in the military, especially through the Qualification Course

    Other Education Links

    Including TABE & DLAB practice test, the FTCC associates degree you can get after finishing the Q, and Mind puzzles

    -New- SWCS Forum

    If you are looking to ask questions or arrange workouts, the SWCS Forum allows other Soldiers to engage and answer your post. 

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