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...

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...

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...

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

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces (American Warriors Series) by [Hoe, Alan]

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 back Military Free Fall (MFF) as a new method of infiltration for the US Special Forces. 

Meadows continued to take on challenges in creating Delta Force and setting up Operation Eagle Claw. He later served in Latin America as a private contractor, establishing security and advising.

Major Richard J. “Dick” Meadows is renowned in military circles as a key figure in the development of the U.S. Army Special Operations. A highly decorated war veteran of the engagements in Korea and Vietnam, Meadows was instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Delta Force and hostage rescue force. Although he officially retired in 1977, Meadows could never leave the army behind, and he went undercover in the clandestine operations to free American hostages from Iran in 1980.

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces is the only biography of this exemplary soldier’s life. Military historian Alan Hoe offers unique insight into Meadows, having served alongside him in 1960. The Quiet Professional is an insider’s account that gives a human face to U.S. military strategy during the cold war. Major Meadows often claimed that he never achieved anything significant; The Quiet Professional proves otherwise, showcasing one of the great military minds of twentieth-century America.

A Statue of Major Richard Meadows was erected at the Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg and can be found in the Memorial grounds. 

 

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 Forces, trained to be the best. In January 1991 a squad of eight men went behind the Iraqi lines on a top secret mission. It was called Bravo Two Zero. On command was Sergeant Andy McNab. “They are the true unsung heroes of the war.” — Lt. Col. Steven Turner, American F-15E commander. Dropped into “scud alley” carrying 210-pound packs, McNab and his men found themselves surrounded by Saddam’s army. Their radios didn’t work. The weather turned cold enough to freeze diesel fuel. And they had been spotted. Their only chance at survival was to fight their way to the Syrian border seventy-five miles to the northwest and swim the Euphrates river to freedom. Eight set out. Five came back. “I’ll tell you who destroyed the scuds — it was the British SAS. They were fabulous.” — John Major, British Prime Minister. This is their story. Filled with no-holds-barred detail about McNab’s capture and excruciating torture, it tells of men tested beyond the limits of human endurance… and of the war you didn’t see on CNN. Dirty, deadly, and fought outside the rules.

 

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.

Great book for motivation, and a new look at some of America’s recent history in Latin America.

They are the Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. But you won’t hear about their heroics on the news, no headlines about them can appear in the papers, and no one—not even their families—can know who they are. First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D—Delta Force, America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit. On paper, they do not exist, but without them, our lives wouldn’t be the same.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes account, founding member Eric L. Haney, Command Sergeant Major, USA (ret.), takes you through the grueling selection and training process of Delta Force. From learning how to open a padlock with a soda can to rescuing a hijacked airplane, these men are masters of espionage and warfare. They are the anonymous heroes who protect us every day from threats we’ll never know existed.

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 the military after years away from school you may want to refresh with this study guide. You have the time right now to study up. Don’t get dropped because you didn’t brush up on your academics. 

 

Here is a link to take some practice TABE

Online Educational Resources

You can sign up for a Peterson Account and practice things related to the ASVAB/TABE or for College : OASC (Online Academic Skills Course) for Military Success

If you have trouble while studying for the TABE, use Tutor.com for free through this military program 

 

 

 

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 Rowe. Knowing his story is not only inspiring but helps you as an SWCS Soldier understand why his name can be found on so many things out there.

This is a great read and a good book to take to SFPC – Though I must warn you that it can be a little depressing towards the middle of the book.

When Green Beret Lieutenant James N. Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam, his life became more than a matter of staying alive.

In a Vietcong POW camp, Rowe endured beri-beri, dysentery, and tropical fungus diseases. He suffered grueling psychological and physical torment. He experienced the loneliness and frustration of watching his friends die. And he struggled every day to maintain faith in himself as a soldier and in his country as it appeared to be turning against him.

His survival is testimony to the disciplined human spirit.
His story is gripping.

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior Paperback – by Dick Couch

the making of a special forces warrior

Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch

Though this book was published in 2008 the information about SFAS and SFQC remains helpful. Many things about Selection may change but this is a great book to help you, as an SF Candidate, understand the different MOS available. Dick Couch was granted access to the course and you will remember many of the passages as you are in the course

An unprecedented view of Green Beret training, drawn from the year Dick Couch spent at Special Forces training facilities with the Army’s most elite soldiers.

In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces–the legendary Green Berets.

Following the experiences of one class of soldiers as they endure this physically and mentally exhausting ordeal, Couch spells out in fascinating detail the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high-level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well SF candidates gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Chosen Soldier paints a vivid portrait of an elite group, and a process that forges America’s smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force.

Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces – by Linda Robinson

 

Special Forces soldiers are daring, seasoned troops from America’s heartland, selected in a tough competition and trained in an extraordinary range of skills. They know foreign languages and cultures and unconventional warfare better than any U.S. fighters, and while they prefer to stay out of the limelight, veteran war correspondent Linda Robinson gained access to their closed world. She traveled with them on the frontlines, interviewed them at length on their home bases, and studied their doctrine, methods and history. In Masters of Chaos she tells their story through a select group of senior sergeants and field-grade officers, a band of unforgettable characters like Rawhide, Killer, Michael T, and Alan — led by the unflappable Lt. Col. Chris Conner and Col. Charlie Cleveland, a brilliant but self-effacing West Pointer who led the largest unconventional war campaign since Vietnam in northern Iraq.

Robinson follows the Special Forces from their first post-Vietnam combat in Panama, El Salvador, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Balkans to their recent trials and triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq. She witnessed their secret sleuthing and unsung successes in southern Iraq, and recounts here for the first time the dramatic firefights of the western desert. Her blow-by-blow story of the attack on Ansar al-Islam’s international terrorist training camp has never been told before.

The most comprehensive account ever of the modern-day Special Forces in action, Masters of Chaos is filled with riveting, intimate detail in the words of a close-knit band of soldiers who have done it all.

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