SWCS Academic Handbook FY19

The SWCS Academic Handbook is found on soc.mil and contains a lot of information about Selection and Assessment and the Qualification Courses for Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations.

Ranger Handbook: Not For The Weak or Fainthearted

The Ranger Handbook has some basic but important things in it. It is not going to keep you entertained for hours and the illustrations are not very good for knots but it is good to have for the basic things you as a Soldier may forget or need to refresh on. More than anything, I use it as a reference to find what I need to know and if I need to learn about it in more detail I will look it up.

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.

American Guerrilla – by Mike Guardia

With his parting words “I shall return,” General Douglas MacArthur sealed the fate of the last American forces on Bataan. Yet one young Army Captain named Russell Volckmann refused to surrender. He disappeared into the jungles of north Luzon where he raised a Filipino army of over 22,000 men. For the next three years he led a guerrilla war against the Japanese, killing over 50,000 enemy soldiers. At the same time he established radio contact with MacArthur’s HQ in Australia and directed Allied forces to key enemy positions. When General Yamashita finally surrendered, he made his initial overtures not to MacArthur, but to Volckmann.

Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance – by Angela Duckworth

A book about the science of those who don't quit. Great for learning about Grit for Selection. Grit analysis tenacity and how to increase or improve...

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini

The worst part of CAAS and POAS is the uncertainty of events, evaluations, and standards. You are always being assessed but you usually don't know...

The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan

Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the...

US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook by Paul D LeFavor

  This is a thick book covering a lot of the history that led to the creation of the Special Forces, what SUT are, and SUT in action. This is like...

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

For those soldiers that are going to the Psyop or Civil Affairs (CA) Assessment and Selection, this book will help you learn new memory techniques...

DLAB Study Guide

The Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) is a test used by the United States Department of Defense to test an individual's potential for...

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...

Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq – by Andy McNab

Their mission: To take out the scuds. Eight went out. Five came back. Their story had been closed in secrecy. Until now. They were British Special...

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...

TABE Test Prep and Practice Test Questions

You will be taking the TABE during SFAS, this could be a factor in your Assesment and Selection, so take it seriously. If you are coming back into...

Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW – by James N. Rowe

Eventually, you will hear about this book if you haven't already been exposed to it. Around Camp Mackall, you will see several things pertaining to...

SWCS Academic Handbook FY19

The SWCS Academic Handbook is found on soc.mil and contains a lot of information about Selection and Assessment and the Qualification Courses for Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations. You will find outlines for the course you are interested in along with all the other information about your time at SWCS.  The SWCS Academic Handbook details timelines, requirements, expectations, along with a list of relevant army publications. Most can be found at Army Pubs

The Special Warfare School trains and educates Army and joint-service warfighters and professionals ready to support unified operations;
develops and integrates globally executable special-operations capabilities supporting joint-force mission success. The school
conducts resident courses for enlisted Soldiers, warrant officers and commissioned officers, as well as for and Department of the Army
civilians, joint-service special-operations warfighters and international military students in military-exchange programs. The institutional
training arm consists of the: 1st Special Warfare Training Group (A); Special Warfare Education Group (A); Special Warfare Medical
Group (A); the Warrant Officer Institute; and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy

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SWCS Academic Handbook FY 2019

Ranger Handbook: Not For The Weak or Fainthearted

Not for the weak or fainthearted

Ranger Handbook

The Ranger Handbook has some basic but important things in it. You should probably have a small copy with you when you can.

It is not going to keep you entertained for hours. The illustrations are not very good either, but it is the go-to for basic things you as a Soldier should know.

Use this and The SUT Handbook as references.

Summary:

The Official US Army Ranger Handbook, as used in Fort Benning as of February 2011.

RANGER CREED :

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained Soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor

 

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

Lessons from a former Delta Force Commander

The Mission, The Men, and Me by Pete Blaber

A very gripping read filled with excitement and memorable tips to be a great leader and get your mission done – in the military or civilian world. Even compared to other CAG books, like “Inside Delta Force,” Pete Blaber gives a rare insight into a more modern Delta Force with its awe and even with its issues and bureaucracy.

You will laugh at some of the humor and question what you really know about some of the events after 9/11. Reading this book will motivate you more than you can imagine and you will be looking up more information about Delta Force. This book is as entertaining as Inside Delta Force By Eric Haney but much more modern and focuses much more on skills anyone can use.

Summary:

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.

American Guerrilla – by Mike Guardia

The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann

American Guerrilla- Russell Volckmann by Mike Guardia

After reading this book you will be surprised to see how little recognition Russell Volckmann gets around Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall.

A story of true grit and not only overcoming and surviving after American Forces surrendered but rising up and destroying the enemy. Volckmann sets great examples for Small Unit Tactics (SUT) and using everything at his disposal to win his war. If you are interested in the Special Operations then you must learn more about Russell Volckmann.

After WW2, Volckmann wrote the manual for what would be the Special Operations FM 31-20 ( Operations Against Guerrilla Forces ). His time in the jungles left him with lasting health conditions that prevented his involvement in the Korean War and, in my opinion, kept him from getting the recognition he deserves.

The Volckmann Program: Russell Volckmann’s Legacy 

At the outset of World War II, Army Captain Russell W. Volckmann was serving as a full-time embed in the Philippine army (the executive officer of the 11th Infantry Regiment, 11th Division of the Philippine Army). Volckmann fought alongside his unit when the Japanese invaded the Philippines, and later, rather than surrender, Volckmann disappeared into the jungles of North Luzon and raised a guerrilla army of more than 22,000 men.

For the next three years, he led his guerrillas against the Japanese, and they killed more than 50,000 enemy soldiers. When the Japanese commander of the Philippine occupation force, General Tomiyuki Yamashita, finally surrendered, he made the initial surrender overtures not to MacArthur but to Volckmann.1 Volckmann went on after the war to help design and create the Green Berets of the U.S. Army Special Forces. ( http://www.soc.mil/SWCS/SWmag/archive/SW2403/SW2403TheGreenBeretVolckmannProgram.html )

Summary:

A main selection of the Military Book Club

Finalist – Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award

Bronze Medal Book Award – Military Writers Society of America

With his parting words “I shall return,” General Douglas MacArthur sealed the fate of the last American forces on Bataan. Yet one young Army Captain named Russell Volckmann refused to surrender. He disappeared into the jungles of north Luzon where he raised a Filipino army of over 22,000 men. For the next three years he led a guerrilla war against the Japanese, killing over 50,000 enemy soldiers. At the same time he established radio contact with MacArthur’s HQ in Australia and directed Allied forces to key enemy positions. When General Yamashita finally surrendered, he made his initial overtures not to MacArthur, but to Volckmann.

This book establishes how Volckmann’s leadership was critical to the outcome of the war in the Philippines. His ability to synthesize the realities and potential of guerrilla warfare led to a campaign that rendered Yamashita’s forces incapable of repelling the Allied invasion. Had it not been for Volckmann, the Americans would have gone in “blind” during their counter-invasion, reducing their efforts to a trial-and-error campaign that would undoubtedly have cost more lives, materiel, and potentially stalled the pace of the entire Pacific War.

Second, this book establishes Volckmann as the progenitor of modern counterinsurgency doctrine and the true “Father” of Army Special Forces- a title that history has erroneously awarded to Colonel Aaron Bank of the ETO. In 1950, Volckmann wrote two Army field manuals: “Operations Against Guerrilla Forces” and “Organization and Conduct of Guerrilla Warfare,” though today few realize he was their author. Together, they became the Army’s first handbooks outlining the precepts for both special warfare and counter-guerrilla operations. Taking his argument directly to the Army Chief of Staff, Volckmann outlined the concept for Army Special Forces. At a time when U.S. military doctrine was conventional in outlook, he marketed the ideas of guerrilla warfare as a critical force multiplier for any future conflict, ultimately securing the establishment of the Army’s first special operations unit-the 10th Special Forces Group.

Volckmann himself remains a shadowy figure in modern military history, his name absent from every major biography on MacArthur, and in much of the Special Forces literature. Yet as modest, even secretive, as Volckmann was during his career, it is difficult to imagine a man whose heroic initiative had more impact on World War II. This long overdue book not only chronicles the dramatic military exploits of Russell Volckmann, but analyzes how his leadership paved the way for modern special warfare doctrine.

Mike Guardia, a veteran of the United States Army, is also author of “Shadow Commander,” about the career of Donald Blackburn and “Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always,” about the life and career of Harold G. Moore, the famed commander at the Battle of Ia Drang.

 

Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance – by Angela Duckworth

Grit for Selection

Grit : The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

A book about the science of those who don’t quit. Great for learning about Grit for Selection.

Grit analysis tenacity and how to increase or improve your own self-control and willpower. The Take away is that you have to work on your discipline like you do any other muscle group, and you are capable of priming yourself for moments of weakness or stress.

Summary:

In this instant New York Times bestseller pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed be it parents students educators athletes or business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of genius Duckworth now a celebrated researcher and professor describes her early eye opening stints in teaching business consulting and neuroscience which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a unique combination of passion and long term perseverance.

In Grit she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point teachers working in some of the toughest schools and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance Finally she shares what she s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Among Grit s most valuable insights.

Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal How grit can be learned regardless of I Q or circumstances How lifelong interest is triggered How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy Which is better for your child a warm embrace or high standards The magic of the Hard Thing Rule Winningly personal insightful and even life changing Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference In this must read book for anyone striving to succeed pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents educators athletes students and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but Grit.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence : The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

The worst part of CAAS and POAS is the uncertainty of events, evaluations, and standards. You are always being assessed but you usually don’t know what event comes next. SFAS has been in a tv show, books and a lot of talk around the 82nd so someone usually knows what events are most likely coming next. Knowing that Psyops is in part about Psychology should help you focus on some of what selection might be. Consider this your Psyop Selection Prep.

You probably heard that CAAS and POAS are going to require some types of writing and reading and even some types of verbal exchanges. Learning a little bit about persuasion might be a good idea and this is just one of many books that may help you out. Not only should you go there knowing a little bit about engaging with people but you should keep up with current events in case that comes up during your selection.

Summary:

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.

 

The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan

Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying Forchronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan. In the tradition of Black Hawk DownThe Only Thing Worth Dying For is, in the words of former Congressman Charlie Wilson (from Charlie Wilson’s War), “the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan.”

 

US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook by Paul D LeFavor

 

This is a thick book covering a lot of the history that led to the creation of the Special Forces, what SUT are, and SUT in action. This is like the “Ranger Book” on steroids. It can be a lot of information at once but it helps familiarize yourself with a difficult part of SFQC, especially for 18x that often lack experience compared to Regular Army Soldiers

A conceptual overview of all relevant topics of small unit tactics every soldier ought to be familiar with in order to be effective on today’s battlefield. The handbook is categorized into five functional areas; history, doctrine, planning, operations, and common skills.

 

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

For those soldiers that are going to the Psyop or Civil Affairs (CA) Assessment and Selection, this book will help you learn new memory techniques that will help you out even under pressure. Some techniques are for specific situations and you can skip around in this book to find what you think is important. You are not allowed to take any helpful information with you to POAS or CAAS in the form of notes or books but you can take as much information as you can in your head.

If you read one book before you go to Selection I think you should look into starting this book. There are many helpful techniques that will help you in other aspects of life and military as well.

Joshua Foer, wrote this book in a very easy to understand manner while still being a great source.

The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.

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Here is a video from the author on a simple memory technique for memorizing numbers. Give it a chance, it is proven to work if you give it a chance. Let us know if this works for you.

DLAB Study Guide

The Official DLAB Training Manual: Study Guide and Practice Test: The Best Tips and Tricks to Raising Your DLAB Score by [Cunnings, Robert J.]

The Official DLAB Training Manual

The Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) is a test used by the United States Department of Defense to test an individual’s potential for learning a foreign language and thus determining who may pursue training as a military linguist or be assigned a language to study at DLI.

The DLAB is a strange test that is challenging for many that take it and leaves testers bewildered. You will be taking this test either before getting to Selection or After. This will help determine what language you get. Your language is a big part of your re-enlistment bonus so not only should you try to get as high of a score as possible but look at the languages giving the biggest bonuses.

Want to Pass the DLAB Test?

Want to learn about the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test and improve your scores?  Do you want to get into the top language program and improve your career in the military?

Improve your DLAB test score with these simple and thurough previews of the mystics DLAB test.

No longer do you need to guess at what to expect.  Instead, we’ll show you how to take it, what to expect and exactly how you can increase your score.

The the Complete DLAB Study Guide is the book for you.  Full of useful tips and test secrets, this book will help you prepare for the test that most say “you can’t study for.”

What this DLAB Study Guide Includes:

  1. Full Practice Test
  2. Example questions
  3. Full explanation of each section
  4. Understanding of what to expect
  5. Expert perspective and tips on how to improve your score

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