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How To Make an Air Commando

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Technical Report

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC has experienced a rapid growth in personnel and airframes over the last five years with even greater growth programmed over the next 10 years. With no selection and assessment program for the majority of the force. This study purposely excludes the Special Tactics career field as they do have a selection and assessment pipeline that imposes significant physical and academic requirements. The primary focus of this paper is geared towards operational aircrews, but the recommendations could and should be applied towards the majority of the personnel force assigned to AFSOC. , recruits have come from across the force and experience levels from within the conventional Air Force with no ability for AFSOC to match capability and maturity to the unique special operations mission. This creates a twofold problem an influx of eager, yet technically immature candidates that are often operating under an incorrect preconceived notion of what special operations truly is. While weapon systems specific training is the path to capability and technical competence, only experience can meet the challenges of maturity and judgment.

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