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U.S. Air Force: SERE Specialist Training Pipeline

U.S. Air Force: SERE Specialist Training Pipeline


In order to become a SERE Specialist, the
training pipeline begins here at Lackland Air Force Base. Me and my
other cadre members will take them for 15 days and we’ll put them through a
screening phase or an orientation phase to see if they have what it takes to be
successful in the next phase of training. SERE specialists have a lot of gear that
we need to carry around, so you need to be physically ready for the job. Their
go or no-go event is a four mile ruck with sixty to sixty-five pounds in
under an hour. They also have to complete the physical aptitude stamina test. It
consists of being able to swim 200 meters, run a mile and a half, pull-ups,
push-ups, sit-ups. On top of the physical challenge, we are giving them assignments
every single night. We’re saying this needs to be done at this time and to this
standard, to show us that they have the capability to teach and instruct Airmen if they graduate this year training pipeline. After being selected
at Lackland Air Force Base, moving up to Fairchild Air Force Base,
you begin what’s called your prerequisite courses from water survival
to emergency parachuting procedures, then you are ready to start your SERE
Apprenticeship course. This phase, CSS, or Core Survival Skills, the point of it
is to give them task saturation. If you could imagine an isolated person, they
have a lot of goals or tasks to accomplish once they hit the ground
running. So our goal is to prepare them, give them lots of mental fatigue and
stress, different food than they’re used to back on base, and all of those things
combined lead to more of a mental barrier than a physical barrier. We want
to make sure that that isolated person is well-versed and well-rounded in what
they might be faced with in any situation that they come to. After that,
the members will then travel to each biome, from desert to tropical, temperate
environments to coastal, and then learning about personnel recovery. And then once
you complete that then you’re ready to attend Army Airborne School to
become a parachutist, and then Arctic survival training. The SERE training so
far has been mentally and physically draining for me. We have late nights and
early mornings completing projects, mix that with two hour PT sessions, it adds up.
The first couple days were pretty rough. No sleep, very little food, lots of hard
work, but your body gets used to it. I think some characteristics of a good
SERE Specialist are grit, integrity, or honesty, respect for yourself, respect for
others, and just the ability overall to push through anything that you face.
Typically, the numbers that we start with varies. Max, we can have up to 42 students
but only the best Airmen make it to graduation. When you make it through
training, the ones that make it are the cream of the crop. People you can rely on
and trust your life with. The beret means a lot. You get to wear it after a year of
hard work, making sure that you are doing everything you can to be the best SERE
Specialist you can, and getting to wear that with pride means a lot. What makes
me proud to be a SERE Specialist is knowing that everything I’m learning,
everything I’m doing, and everything I teach is going to enhance somebody’s
chances of survival whether it’s behind enemy lines or in friendly country.

44 thoughts on “U.S. Air Force: SERE Specialist Training Pipeline”

  1. I arrived a day late to BMT with that dude Harrington. I never really talked to him but he was hella smart from when I did listen to him talk. Glad to see he made it through

  2. The United States Air Force SERE ( Survival Evasion Resistance Escape ) School at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington is one of the world's finest with top of the line SERE Specialist ( Formerly known as SERE Instructors ) teaching the course!! It's an awesome career field for anyone that loves to teach others and that loves working outdoors in the elements of a wide variety of climates and environments. I'm glad to see that the United States Air Force made SERE Specialist one of their permanent career paths for someone interested in this field and I'm also pleased to see that they have their own coveted Green Beret that denotes their elite status among Airmen! They teach all United States Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces in Africa, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard ( ACC, PAF, AFSOC, AMC, and AETC ), and Air Education Training Command Pilots, Weapons Systems Officers, Combat Systems Officers, Loadmasters, Gunship Crews, Gunners, Crew Chiefs, and other aircrew the vital skills to avoid capture, resistance to interrogation if captured, how to escape captivity, how to survive in any climactic conditions in any environment, and how to avoid being recaptured again until friendly forces can rescue them. They also teach these skills to the United States Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard Pararescuemen ( PJs ), Combat Rescue Officers ( CROs ), Air Liason Officers ( ALOs ), Tactical Air Control Party ( TACPs ), Combat Controllers ( CCTs ), Special Tactics Officers ( STOs ), and Special Operations Weather Teams ( SOWTs ) assigned to Air Force Rescue Wings/Groups and Squadrons as well as Air Force Special Tactics Groups and Special Tactics Squadrons. This is an awesome video! Thanks for sharing! God Bless America and God Bless the United States Air Force!! AIM HIGH!! 🇺🇸😎🦅⚡️👣🎖🍻🍺

  3. When I was an instructor in the 80’s some of our instructors were former PJ’s. With all there Vietnam Experience,they wanted to teach the crews that there is a whole lot of things they can do to improve there chances,…also how to call in help,..without getting everyone killed…..it’s a lot more then just popping off a flare and waiting for rescue. Also rescue may not come for a long time,…best be ready for that!…bad weather,remote location can make for difficult rescue,….even in peace time,the first 24 hrs can be crucial,add an injury(which is likely)and you have a life or death situation,getting harder and harder as the storm won’t let up for days! Thus all the recurring survival training! We can replace aircraft,……Aircrews are very valuable,we need them back!!!!!!! Even enemy pilots are worth the effort!

  4. I took the Air Force work interest navigator and SERE or Intelligence were the jobs that I was most interested in. It’s difficult choosing between one or the other.

  5. Arctic survival training… To easy have you ever been stationed at Fort Drum negative 15 degree weather field events is a normal calendar day.

  6. And if you join the Army or Marines, you get most of this training per usual. And SERE School is not the same as Air Force "SERE Specialist" training. SERE school for Special Operations is a different animal. Prepare for actual "enhanced interrogation techniques".

  7. “Procheck” was a cat that lived outside the chow hall,….spring,summer,fall,and winter he lived off the mice and in his gratitude would leave a few on the front entrance to the survival school chow hall,..which was kinda cool,especially at a survival school.(Ever see the movie “Never cry Wolf” should be required viewing”)And we all figured less mice around the chow hall could only be a good thing. What could go wrong? Never got the whole story,but apparently “Procheck got into it with a couple of SP dogs,…dogs got hurt,and the SP’s wanted that cat! A few of us instructors got together,figured it was suspicious cause dogs come and go through that chow hall all the time and it’s never been a problem. “Procheck” had survived,..evaded capture,..indeed resisted strongly,….and escaped!! “Procheck must be saved! So with field jackets and gloves we went looking for him,good thing too as Procheck didn’t feel any need to be rescued. And was brought up to the CP. were he could live or until one of the fellas off base could give him a home. With all the very serious training and stress it sure did feel good to save a stray that was a respected member of the school. And our School Commander never said a word!

  8. Thumbnail, 0:22 on the left, 1:46 Airman Harrington, I went to SERE with him. I remember sleeping right next to him in the winter mountains of Washington for SV-80A. He's a tough guy, but calm and patient. I knew he would make it. He probably already knows he's featured in this video, but I'm gonna text him, just to make sure. Good for you Harrington!

  9. I'm interested in this, but also in Air Guard. I want to get serve my state and country, get my Bachelors, and 2nd pilot license. Haha wow 0:27 is what my brother and I do for fun, voluntarily choosing to go backpacking. I guess now I realize it was preparing me 🤣 cool video, thank you for uploading, and thanks to everyone in the video for your service!

  10. Falling off the edge of the world! Black Sabbath. If I had to pick a song,…to relate. Ya know a very popular song amongst pilots,………….Riding on the Wind. Judas Priest. Interesting to ponder the fact that many generals and pilots ,…………are underneath there stoic faces,………..were head banging rock n rollers.

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