DoD announced 19 April that 6200 more jobs are being opened up to women. Included in the announcement are all TF 160 aircraft pilots and some maintenance and flight engineer positions. The latter also serve as door gunners.
Besides the close combat TF160 crew have been involved in (e.g. aircraft shoot-downs in Panama, Somalia and Afghanistan), what changes are being made to selection and where’s the test, analysis or data that women can complete it? Yes, I know women have been serving in this role on the conventional side. The SOF side is obviously different, otherwise why have a selection course? And then there are the numerous shoot-downs TF160 has had vs. conventional units.
- 15A Aviation General (skill identifier K1, K4, K5, K6)
- 15B Aviation Combined Arms Operations (skill identifier K1, K4, K5, K6)
- 152C AH/MH-6 Pilot (skill identifier K1, K4, K5, K6)
- 153A MH-60 Pilot (skill identifier K1, K4, K5, K6)
- 154E MH-47 Pilot (skill identifier K1, K4, K5, K6)
- 15S10 AH-6 Helicopter Repairer (K1)
- 15S20 AH-6 Helicopter Repairer (Technical Inspector/Team Chief) Crew Chief (K1)
- 15S30 AH-6 Helicopter Technical Inspector/Safety NCO/Crew or Sect Chief (K1)
- 15S40 Aircraft (Quality Control Supervisor/Maintenance Supervisor) Platoon Sergeant (K1)
- 15T10 MH-60 Helicopter Repairer (K1)
- 15T20 MH-60 Helicopter Repairer (Technical Inspector/Team Chief)/Crew Chief (K1)
- 15T30 MH-60 Helicopter Repairer Technical Inspector/Aviation Standardization NCO/Crew Section Chief (K1)
- 15T40 Aviation Standardization NCO/Platoon Sergeant (K1)
- 15U10 MH-47 Helicopter Repairer/Flight Engineer (K1)
- 15U20 MH-47 helicopter Technical Inspector/Flight Engineer (K1)
- 15U30 MH-47 Technical Inspector/Flight Engineering Standardization NCO/Aviation Life Support NCO/Flight Engineer/Section Chief (K1)
- 15U40 Aircraft (Quality Control Supervisor/Maintenance Supervisor)/Flight Engineer Standardization/Platoon NCO (K1)
Doesn’t seem well thought out (or publicized). Not surprised.
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psyne Chektor Don't forget about the riggers...they kind of put the "A" in ASD
There is a "Surviving the cut" for the 160th SOAR(A)...
The 160th SOAR(A) assessment is called "Green Platoon"...Green Platoon trains Soldiers in advanced methods of the five basic combat skills: first responder, land navigation, combatives, weapons and teamwork. They also go through an Escape and evasion exercise because depending on what your role is in the unit completing SERE C is a requirement...
Chase as in jump after the platform...I understand about my usage of the phrase "ground element" my apologies...Airborne Service Detachment is their official name...
MoFork Tango9In the 160th there is a small detachment that conduct Airborne FARP operations. This team primarily consists of ASD (Airborne Service Detachment) members; ammo and fuel handlers but a medic, a mechanic and a commo guy get attached to this team. The ASD are the guys that conduct rapid re-supply to the 160th birds in hostile environments and when HAR(High Altitude Refuel) aircrafts are not available. They air drop a platform(classified configuration) with fuel blivets, ammo, guns, rockets etc and chase after it, set it up with in a certain time and after resupply operations are complete they destroy the platform via incendiary or demo, move out to a predetermined area to get extracted by another bird. They also conduct wet wing operations and conduct joint airfield seizure operations with the 75th. While there are female fuelers and ammo handlers in the conventional Army the ASD mission is organic to the 160th and this detachment is not open to women because of the nature of the mission. A lot of people are unaware that the 160th has a ground element. The Airborne Service Detachment is the reason the 160th SOAR (A) is an Airborne unit. Read more: http://sofrep.com/19578/tf-160-soar-opened-to-women/#ixzz2SrR8lOHS