One of the indirect benefits of being a Special Operations Forces (SOF) unit member is getting the chance to attend a series of interesting schools and undertake exciting courses. Such schools aim at improving the participants’ craft, whether he’s a shooter or an enabler (support guy).
Each component command has a number of schools tailored to the needs of its units. For example, Naval Special Warfare Command’s (NSWC) schools are mostly geared toward Navy SEALs. However, there’s a certain level of overlap, as both NSWC and the Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) have a sniper school. And it’s fairly common to see operators from a sister service while attending a course taught by a specific command — the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) course is a paragon of this, as each class is certain to include SEALs, Rangers, Green Berets, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment flight medics, and sometimes even Pararescuemen.
Here’s a list of the top three interesting courses offered by USASOC.
ARSOF Military Deception Planner’s Course
Taking place in Fort Bragg, the course is exclusive to Active Duty personnel with the rank of: