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

Reconnaissance and surveillance
A rifleman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, burns the frayed end of a cord during Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (AMX) off the coast of North Carolina. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/U.S. Marine Corps)

Taking place in Fort Bragg, the course is exclusive to Active Duty personnel with the rank of: