Becoming a specialized officer in the specialized forces requires one to not only be tough but also very intelligent. The specialized officers training is among the most stringiest and thorough trainings in the military. In the United States, specialized army officers are referred to as the “Army’s Green Berets” and they are among the most respected and feared officers in the forces.
You should be able to withstand a tough training and face some of the hardest challenges an individual can encounter in his/her life head-on. If you have a jelly heart, then forget about enrolling as a specialized officer because you will lay down your arms in no time. They are not referred to as specialized by default; they earn every letter in that title.
Only men are allowed into the specialized forces. I am sorry ladies, but you can not enroll as specialized officers however good you might be. However designed this unit might have had his own reasons, the reasons I am not at liberty to contemplate. Furthermore, the young men should be aged between twenty and thirty years, this is for the United States Green Berets. This requirement may vary from country to country and hence it is important that you try and find out what applies in your country. Men who fall in this age bracket are at their most productive stage, full of energy and ambition. These are the traits that define a specialized officer in any specialized force.
The United States army has its doors open to any person in the world with the prerequisite qualifications to serve in the army. The case is very different in the specialized forces. You cannot become a Green Beret unless you are a bona fide citizen of the United States. The same trend is replicated in other countries. The reason is very simple, no country can risk sharing any of its delicate information with an alien, whether you sacrifice your right eye to prove your loyalty, you cannot become a Green Beret unless you are a citizen of the US.
Academically, you need to be at least a high school diploma graduate to be considered. Your chances of being accepted are further strengthened if you posses exemplary grades in your certificates. It is usually easier for the enrolling officers to separate chaff from wheat through the General Technical training. It is mandatory that you attain a score of 107 or higher in the General Technical Training. Further to that, you have to further attain a combat operations score of 98 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Sailing through these tests is an uphill task that requires a well equipped sharp mind, if you lack the intellect to handle this, then the specialized forces is not for you.
You are further required to qualify and volunteer for the airborne training as well as qualify for a secret security clearance. The training is tedious and unless you gunner a minimum of 60 points in each level, you are barred from continuing to the next level. This means that you need to aim for very high scores in every training level to secure your slot in the team. Further to that, you need to be physically perfect. You have to attain an overall minimum score of 229 on the Army Physical Fitness tests.
Lastly, you must sail through the Pre-Basic Task list. These conditions may seem so stringent but it is because of the nature of the job. Although the conditions listed here are basically for the United State’s Green Berets, the difference between countries is very minor. If you have what it takes, then you can consider enrolling; what I almost forgot highlighting is that their remuneration and benefits package are very handsome.