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MOS 18C- Special Operations Engineer Email This Story Print This Story

18C Special Operations Engineer GT: 110& CO:100
  Enlisted/Officer/Active Duty Closed to women

Special Operations Teams are specialized combat forces in the Army. To prepare for their jobs they must successfully complete a challenging mental and physical training period. The special operations engineer employs conventional and nonconventional warfare tactics and techniques in combat engineering and maintains detachment engineer equipment and supplies. Performs and maintains proficiency in all Major Duties- Performs and teaches tasks in demolition, explosives, improvised munitions, U.S. and foreign landmines, mine/countermine operations, construction, field fortification, bridging, rigging, electrical wiring, reconnaissance, target analysis and civil action projects. Instructions and performs land and water navigation duties by interpreting maps, overlays, photos, charts and using standard and nonstandard navigational techniques and equipment. Plans, teaches and performs sabotage operations with standard, nonstandard and improvised munitions and explosives. Plans, prepares and conducts the target portion of the area study and conducts briefings, briefbacks and debriefings. Supervises combat engineering functions when conducting split-detachment operations and missions.


  • A minimum score of 110 in aptitude area GT, and 100 in aptitude area CO

  • .A physical demands rating of NA

  • A Security Clearance of SECRET

  • Must complete Special Forces Qualification Course formal training course (24 days of training, where you learn to survive using your intelligence, agility, and resourcefulness. You must pass to continue Special Forces Qualification Course)

  • Must meet requirements listed in AR 614-200

  • Be a U.S. Citizen

  • Be able to swim 50-meters wearing boots and battle dress uniform (BDU) prior to beginning the Special Forces Qualification Course. All Soldiers will be given a swim assessment during SFAS to determine whether he has the aptitude to learn to swim

  • Enlisted applicants must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-7. Successful completion of SFAS is a prerequisite to the SFQC. (Note: There is an exception for new recruits enlisting in the new 18X recruitment program)

  • Must be a high school graduate or have a general equivalency diploma (GED)

  • Specialists, Corporals, and Sergeants who successfully complete SFAS will normally have their Retention Control Point waived to attend the SFQC. Upon successful completion of SFQC, they will be allowed continued service. Staff Sergeants approaching their RCP will not be allowed to apply. Each Sergeant First Class (SFC) must have no more than 12 years time in service and nine months time in grade when applying for SFAS and must be either airborne or ranger qualified. SFCs must also be able to PCS to the SFQC within six months of selection from SFAS

  • Soldiers on assignment will not be allowed to attend SFAS without their branch’s prior approval. Soldiers on orders to a short tour area will be allowed to attend SFAS if a deferment is not required. These individuals will be scheduled for the next available SFQC after their DEROS. Soldiers who volunteer for SFAS prior to receiving assignment notification will be deferred to allow SFAS attendance. For SFAS graduates, assignment to the SFQC will take precedence over any assignment conflict

  • OCONUS-based Soldiers may attend SFAS in a TDY and return status anytime during their tour. Upon successful completion of SFAS, Soldiers will be scheduled for the next available SFQC provided they have completed at least two-thirds of their overseas assignment obligation and have received PERSCOM approval for curtailment of the remainder of their overseas tour obligation. Soldiers serving on a short tour will not have their assignment curtailed

  • CONUS-based Soldiers may attend SFAS in a TDY and return status anytime during their tour. Upon successful completion of SFAS, Soldiers will be scheduled to attend the SFQC ensuring that they will have completed at least one-year time on station prior to PCS

  • Must have a minimum of 24 months remaining Time in Service (TIS) upon completion of the SFQC

  • Must not be barred to re-enlistment or be under suspension of favorable personnel action

  • Must not have been convicted by court-martial or have disciplinary action noted in their official military personnel fiche under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Article 15). This provision can only be waived by the Commanding General, United States Army Special Warfare Center and School on a case-by-case basis

  • Must not have been terminated from SF, ranger, or airborne duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems

  • Must not have 30 days or more "lost time" under USC 972 within current or preceding enlistment.



  • Performs and teaches tasks in demolition, explosives, field fortification, bridging, rigging, reconnaissance and civil action projects

  • Instructs and performs land and water navigation skills and duties

  • Interprets maps, overlays, photos and charts

  • Plans, teaches and performs sabotage operations

  • Implements demolition raids against enemy military targets, such as bridges, railroads, and fuel depots

  • Conducts offensive raids or invasions of enemy territories

  • Evaluates terrain

  • Reads, interprets and prepares combat orders


  • For new recruits, training begins with One Station Unit Training (OSUT) for Infantry, which combines basic training and job training into one single course of instruction. OSUT for 11B, Infantryman is 13 weeks, 3 days at Fort Benning, Georgia. OSUT is then followed by about 44 to 56 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises, at various locations

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As a Special Operations Engineer, you will have the opportunity to be trained to deal with dangerous forces and situations. The skills you will learn and practice in the Army will help prepare you for jobs in civil law enforcement. Also, the leadership training you'll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management position in the corporate world.

Information source: Army Pamphlet 611-21


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