From the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Physical Training Handbook
Army Special Forces represents the premier Department of Defense force designed to conduct special warfare. Special Forces Soldiers are specifically selected, trained and educated to shape foreign political and military environments by working with and through host nations, regional partners and indigenous populations. Special Forces provides the United States with a small-footprint option for influencing unfriendly regimes, addressing insurgencies and containing conflicts that could destabilize U.S. allies and partners. To accomplish these missions, SF possesses qualities and capabilities to mix nonlethal and lethal activities designed to shape the environment, deter conflict, prevail in war or successfully conduct a wide range of contingency operations.
Special Forces Soldiers are known around the world as fighters and teachers. They are highly trained and capable of missions ranging from teaching foreign soldiers Infantry tactics to building schools and treating the sick. Experts in their fields, they speak foreign languages so they can build rapport with partners and teach their skills to others. Trained to be resourceful and able to survive behind enemy lines for months if necessary, they are equally at home in the jungle or in arctic climates. They are uniquely qualified to do the jobs no one else can.
Attendance at SFAS will require you to perform physical tasks such as climbing obstacles, by use of rope, 20-30 feet high, swimming while wearing boots and the Army Combat Uniform, and traveling great distances cross country while carrying a rucksack with a minimum of 45 pounds. Upper and lower body strength and physical endurance are required to accomplish physically-oriented goals on a continuous basis for 24 days. You need to be in excellent shape and be able to carry a rucksack day-after-day. SFAS is an assessment of you. You will not be taught or coached to get through — you must make it on your own strengths.
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