How Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Specialists Are Made

first published on July 26, 2018 by

The Air Force is one of the few branches that require almost all service members to become SERE qualified. This is how they create their specialists.


Working in a mission-set that often has individuals or small teams flying over hostile territory means that there is a constant risk of being caught behind enemy lines. As a result of this, the United States Air Force has developed their own Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) specialists who conduct training across the Air Force. This specialized military occupational specialty comes after almost one year of rigorous training that is only completed by individuals who are hand-selected during the SERE Specialist Training Orientation Course (SST-OC).

In order to become a U.S. Air Force SERE Specialist, one must meet the following criteria. Successful completion of the SERE physical ability and stamina test. Minimum score of 40 on SERE selection model completed in Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System. Meet psychological requirements for the SERE Specialist Selection Course. Absence of any speech impediment and ability to read aloud and speak distinctly. Normal color vision and depth perception. Meet FCIII physical and psychological qualifications for SERE Specialists and parachutist duty. Completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit. Completion of 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training as well as Airmen’s Week. Must be between the ages of 17 and 39. If all of these requirements are met, and the individual is selected during the SST-OC, than the individual move onto a year’s worth of specialized SERE training that concludes in the individual receiving the title of SERE Specialist.

The video below comes to Funker530 courtesy the United States Air Force and Marcelo Joniaux. It showcases members of the United States Air Force as they conduct a field operation during the SST-OC at Camp Bullis, Texas.