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This is current information on the training pipeline at SFQC. This informations is UNCLASSIFIED.
here are big changes in the near future for the SFQC. Those coming in the following months can expect a different experience from that current students are having. The cover article in this month's Special Warfare magazine highlighted the changes that going to be phased in over the next 18-24 months.
Here are some highlights from the article:
Directly from one of the visuals in the article:
Blueprint for Change
1. Create a Student Reception Center (all personnel services)
DLAB, Security Clearance, SF Group assignment, MOS and foreign language assingment will all be made at the start of the SFQC.
2. SFAS - develop the "whole man" concept. Identify characteristics of the SF Warrior (Reduce or eliminate training during this phase).
3. Phase II - Small Unit Tactics (SUT); integrate SERE; PGD/HD*; Language Block I; incorporate Common Leader Training (CLT).
4. Phase III - MOS Training; integrate Instructor Trainer Course; add SF Common Tasks; digitized POI; Language block II; DLPT
5. Phase IV - Language Block III "The Blitz"; DLPT; maintain warrior edge, range firing, etc.
6. Phase V - UW Culmination excersise "Robin Sage" - the final exam; regional orientation and language segments; intelligence operations
7. Phase VI - Regimental first formation and graduation
*Peacetime Governmental Dentention/Hostage Detention (PGD/HD)
The article covers a few other areas that comprise the backbone of the transformation:
1. The new, modular approach - basically, the course will be broken into more, smaller modules of shorter duration than the current, linear phase system. Instead of recycling an entire phase, if the student is only having trouble with one segment of the training they could just recycle that segment. It will also permit the interspersal of langauge blocks within the course. Phase II, for instance, has been a 35 day attempt at "mini-Ranger School" up to this point. After the transformation, it will be broken into 5 seperate modules, including SERE. A new module will start every 2 weeks.
2. Emphasis on Language - this is already happening. In my class (I'm in language school currently) they have already raised the standard for passing from 0+,0+,0+ to 1,1,1. They are going to sprinkle the language training throughout the course, and integrate the foreign language into the UW Culex.
3. In addition to the familiar Pineland scenario, the SFQC will starting sending soldiers to Ft. Erwin for the UW Culex. The idea is also to begin integrating the specific langauge and culture of the group to which the soldiers are assigned into the Culex.
When I got to the course last Nov, we all stood in formation according to our SF MOS. The newest groups arriving are being put into ODAs that will go through the whole course together (18D excepted, as I understand it). Things are changing around here fast. If you're coming to the Q-course in the near future, you can consider most off-the-bookshelf descriptions of the course to be outdated.