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Air Force Special Tactics Officer and the AFSOC PAST
Duties of the Special Tactics Officer:
Special Tactics Officers plans and directs personnel rescue, SERE, and combat air control missions and supports joint and combined air, ground, and military conventional and special operations.
Coordinates, plans, and conducts assault zone reconnaissance and aerospace interface control in objective areas.
Conducts reconnaissance, surveillance, and assess potential objective airfields and assault zones.
STO’s provides air traffic control (ATC) services for joint and combined operations.
STO’s ensure safe air traffic flow at ground terminal area by removing obstacles or unexploded ordnance with demolitions and providing an operational interface between air and ground assets and troops. ST forces provide a unique capability and deploy with air, ground, and maritime forces in the execution of the following Special Operations Missions:
STO’s and PT personnel operate in all climates, day or night, and maintain the highest standards of physical fitness, and proficiency in the use of light weapons.
The STO PAST: (the AFSOC PAST)
You must complete the minimum number of exercises, and run and swim within the times specified below. STO selection is extremely competitive; you should give your very best effort, which should be well beyond the minimums.
CALISTHENICS: The following exercises for full time limit or until muscle failure
See Air Force PAST Prep Guide for more information - This guide for for the AFPJ / CCT PAST but will prepare you for the AFSOC PAST with the extended swim and longer run for the officer test.
STOs receive the same initial training as enlisted combat controllers, a process that takes approximately 8-10 months, followed by 12 months of Advanced Skills Training (AST). The entire training program includes eight schools. Training consists of the following schools
The selection program is a two-phase process, consisting of Phase I: board review of the application, and Phase II: one-week field evaluation. The selection process screens an applicant for mental fortitude and physical capabilities, while preparing officers for future duties as a STO. This program reduces the training attrition rate by ensuring that officers selected are equipped to succeed in the specific mental and physical challenges of the STO training pipeline.
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