Most of the books in this list can be found at Marquat Memorial Library (second floor) in Bank Hall, for check out, or your local MWR Library. There are times when it might be better to buy the books mentioned so I’ve included the link to find these books easily on Amazon. If you feel that a certain book should be added to the list, leave the name and author in the comment section for review.





Knots can make you stand out during selection and training. It is recommended that you learn some knots before you go to Selection. Here are some helpful Knots and Lashings for Selection. Also, consider getting yourself some 1-in Nylon Tubing to practice with.




Community Forums


The forum section is intended to connect SWCS Soldiers. Trade/Buy/Sell Gear, plan events with soldiers in the same community, discuss literature and other helpful materials, and get helpful information about the area. Feel free to create a new topic – if you are not a member yet – Register Here.


NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is a public site and is visible to Non-SWCS Soldiers. Please do not post any personal information or any information about the course that could directly or indirectly G2 the course.



Online Resources


Being in the Army gives you access to a lot of resources that people would typically have to pay for. If you are trying to learn a new language, improve your TABE  score, or anything else check out these resources available to you.


About SWCSoldier

You are probably here because you are looking for information about Special Forces Preparation Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection, Civil Affairs Assesment and Selection, Special Forces Qualification Course ( SFPC, SFAS, POAS, CAAS, SFQC ) or any of the MOS’s that make up the Special Forces and Special Operations.

You will not find anything here that will G2 the course. This is an attempt to create a reading list that will inform, motivate and guide you while you are at SWCS. This is not an official or required reading list but it has been helpful to many others in the course.

You will also find helpful links to software, education materials ( such as Rosetta Stone for Free), and helpful information


X-Rays ( 18X & 37X )

This question gets asked a lot by people coming into SWCS as 18X/37X.

If I am an 18X / 37X and I don’t get selected will I become infantry (11B/31B) since I went through OSUT?

If you are an 18X or 37X and do not get selected, you will be removed from training and await reclassification at “OT.”

There is a possibility that you could be reclassified as 11B/31B. However, it is more likely that you will be reclassified to the needs of the Army. Here is the current Reenlistment and Reclassification INOUT Calls*

*find the link for the most current information, then scroll down until you see the table): SHORTAGE – Y/N, BALANCED – N/N, OVER STRENGTH – N/Y. CAC Required to view this link

Don’t Self-Select. If you don’t make it you will be waiting anyway, so go through with it and if you have given it all you got and it isn’t for you-you will either not get selected or you can decline and get reclassed. It is all an experience, get as much from it as you can.

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