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Information about 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
« on: February 03, 2017, 03:36:15 pm »

SUMMARY:

In 2/5 SFG(A), we try to emulate a real world United States Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, the smallest unit of Special Forces soldiers. Our weekly operations can consist of Direct Action, Counter-Terrorism, Special Reconnaissance, Hostage Rescue, and Unconventional Warfare, to name a few.

We utilize a number of mods such as ACE 3, Cup Terrains, RHS, Task Force Arrowhead Radio, and a custom Mod Pack. Following admission into OSUT our mod list will be provided for download.

Our unit consists of an ODA, a twelve man detachment of Special Forces soldiers, a flight of aircraft from 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and a headquarters company that works in support of our operations. 

The core concepts behind the founding of the unit were that the unit would be, and remain, a place for dedicated ArmA players to play together in a serious, tight-knit group and conduct both conventional and special operations in game.

2/5 SFG(A) utilizes a number of NATO firearms, land vehicles, surface seaborne vehicles, and aircraft in order to complete our mission.

A number of different Military Occupational Specialties are available within the ODA, each with varying skills and responsibilities associated with them.

These are as follows:

    18A - Special Forces Officer
    180A - Special Forces Warrant Officer
    18B - Special Forces Weapon Sergeant
    18C - Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
    18D - Special Forces Medical Sergeant
    18E - Special Forces Communications Sergeant
    18F - Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant
    18Z - Special Forces Operations Sergeant
    153A - Rotary Wing Aviator
    35M - Human Intelligence Collector

Our BILLET LIST has additional information on each position

Checkout our current OPEN BILLETS for information about what positions are currently open for recruitment.

Note: You must be 17 or older.


RECRUITMENT PROCESS:

Recruitment for the battalion is tough, we want only the best and brightest within our unit. Following submission of an application one of our recruiters will contact you for a brief interview with one of our Command Staff members. If you are successful in the interview process you will be admitted into OSUT, or One Station Unit Training.

Phase One: OSUT

Infantry One Station Unit Training, or OSUT, is required for anybody who wants to join the unit, regardless of MOS or billet you're trying to get into. OSUT is a three day class that covers the basics of infantry weapons, skills, and tactics. All members are required to have completed OSUT so that they all have a basic proficiency in infantry tactics. While 35Ms and 153As may not be operating directly as infantrymen, they still need to understand how the infantry works. In addition, these positions may find themselves needing these skills, such as when a pilot is shot down, or for 35Ms, whenever they are embedded with the ODA. For those new privates wanting to attempt to join the ODA, this course is especially important because the skills, tactics, and leadership you will learn in OSUT are what you will be tested on in SFAS and SFQC. Once you have completed OSUT you will be promoted to the rank of PV2.

Phase Two: BAS

All members of the 5th Special Forces Group are airborne qualified, so all members of 2nd Battalion and supporting elements are as well. For all new privates going 18X and 35M, BAS is part of your pipeline after OSUT. Basic Airborne School will go over the basics of exiting from a C-130J aircraft using static line parachutes. This will teach privates not only the skill of parachuting itself, but the techniques required to exit the aircraft in a timely manner so that a stick of jumpers stays together. BAS is the only formal training required to apply to become a pilot, so if that is your goal then you do not need to complete any further training if there is an aviation opening. For 35M personnel, this is the end of your formal training pipeline, you must now find an 18F to get MOS qualified as a 35M. All members who complete BAS will be promoted to PFC.

Phase Three: SFAS

Special Forces Assessment and Selection is the first of two tests that all members of the unit who want to join an ODA will have to go through. SFAS is ideally administered in groups, though can be administered to a single person. SFAS tests students on basic infantry mechanics such as grenade usage(all kinds) usage of various types of weaponry, from rifles, AT systems, machine guns, and vehicle/tripod mounted weapons. SFAS also tests on non-combat skills such as land navigation. A student's SFAS score, along with their SFQC score, determines their final score which determines their place on the waiting list to get in to the ODA(if there is a waiting list). Once a student has completed SFAS with a passing score, they will be promoted to SPC.

Phase Four: SFQC

The Special Forces Qualification Course, SFQC, or "The 'Q' Course", is the final step in an 18X member's pipeline. SFQC is the larger of the two tests that make up an 18X member's test score to attempt to get into the unit. The "Q" Course focuses on a member's ability to work in a team and lead others, so this test is particularly important because these are the traits most desired by an ODA. Specific skills can be worked on, but a member's ability to follow orders, lead, and otherwise work in a team are what will make them a good fit for the company. The exact details of what SFQC will test on are for test administrator's knowledge only, as is the grading sheet for both of these tests. Once SFQC has been completed, all members who received a passing score will be considered "Special Forces Qualified", and will be promoted depending on openings in the company. If there are no openings in the company, the members will be promoted to CPL and placed on the wait list, with their spot depending on their score. If there is an opening/openings in an ODA, then that member will be promoted to SGT, and told to report in. When reporting in to the ODA, you may request an MOS but it may not be granted depending on openings.


TRAINING:

In A/2/5 SFG(A) training doesn't end once you complete the Recruitment Pipeline. Once you are selected for a team you will first complete MOS Training for your billet. Once you are proficient in your current MOS you will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications, such as Combat Diver, Heavy Weapons, Military Free Fall, or Sniper.

In addition to individual qualification and MOS Trainings, weekly training is mandatory for every ODA member. This consists of Two Team Trainings per month, and Two Detachment Trainings.

OPERATIONS:

2/5 SFG(A) conducts unit-wide events on Sundays at 1830CST three times per month. Usually this is the first, second and third Sunday; however it can vary from month to month. For example, in April Easter Sunday falls on the 16th, therefore unit wide events would occur on the first, second and fourth Sunday in April.

Our Sunday operations can consist of a Field Training Exercise (FTX) where a specific training goals are implemented in order to hone skills and discover weaknesses. An FTX can be focused around RAID Operations, Unconventional Warfare, or Hostage Rescue. Field Training Exercises usually are in blocks known as an FTX Cycle and can last up to three months, or nine events.

Skills learned in FTX and Element Trainings are brought together for our Deployment Operations. Deployments can occur at any given moment without warning. Deployments are a simulated scenario that occurs in a hotspot around the world. The scenario is constructed by our S-2 Department and consist of a rich, overarching story that continues from mission to mission. Deployment Operations are more intensive and are more serious than FTXs, deaths count, bullets fired are tallied, and successful or unsuccessful missions have a large effect on the storyline further into the campaign. Deployments usually are six months of the year.
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CPT J. SHAW
Reserve Officer
ODA 5211, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group(Airborne)