Joining Air Force Special Tactics

USAF Special Tactics

If you'd like more information on any of the Special Tactics career fields check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. To find out if you're eligible to join Special Tactics, contact your local recruiter.

If you are already in the Air Force Delayed Entry Program and would like to talk to a Special Tactics recruiter liaison, please send an e-mail including your name, address, phone number and specific questions not addressed in the FAQ document to usaf.sof@gmail.com.

Physical Requirements:

Eyesight Requirements: 

  • Standard: Must be at least 20/70 or better in both eyes and both correctable to 20/20 with glasses.
  • Must have normal color vision. 
  • Waiver possibilities: If one eye is 20/70 or better and other no worse than 20/200, or if both eyes are no worse than 20/100.
  • Note: PRK and LASEK surgery is approved by AF.  Applicant must wait one year after procedure, pre and post conditions must be met.  LASIK is not approved for military freefall.

Flight Physical: Must be able to pass a Flying Class III  Age: Must join Air Force before 28th birthday. If person has any military time, it is subtracted from his actual age, if result is less than 28 he can still join. For example, person is 31, but had 4-yrs active duty. Subtract 4 from 31 = 27.  Height: Min. height 4'10" up to 6'8"   Weight: Maximum weight (In compliance with AF standards table, however, maximum weight for jump school is 250 lbs.) 

Physical Ability Stamina Test (PAST):

Combat Control / Special Operations Weather / Pararescue Physical Ability Stamina Test Criteria The PAST requirements are designed to test for a minimum fitness level for entry into the CCT/SOWT/PJ training pipeline. CCT/SOWT/PJ candidates should continue to train throughout their cross-training application and the recruiting process, to exceed these minimums in order to enhance their chances of success.

Candidates Must Pass Every Element of the PAST.  Be advised, the requirements have changed for each career field.

As of June 1, 2011, the requirements include:

CCT PAST   - 2 x 25 meter underwater (Pass/Fail, 3 min between each) with 10 min rest  - 500 meter swim (freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke), max time 11 min 42 sec with 30 min rest - 1.5 mile run, max time 10 min 10 sec with 10 min rest - Pull ups in 1 min, 8 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Sit ups in 2 min, 48 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Push ups in 2 min, 48 x minimum reps with 3 min rest 

SOWT PAST - 2 x 25 meter underwater (Pass/Fail, 3 min between each) with 10 min rest - 500 meter swim (freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke), max time 14 min with 30 min rest - 1.5 mile run, max time 10 min 10 sec with 10 min rest - Pull ups in 1 min, 8 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Sit ups in 2 min, 48 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Push ups in 2 min, 48 x minimum reps with 3 min rest 

PJ PAST - 2 x 25 meter underwater (Pass/Fail, 3 min between each) with 10 min rest - 500 meter swim (freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke), max time 10 min 07 sec with 30 min rest - 1.5 mile run, max time 9 min 47 sec with 10 min rest - Pull ups in 1 min, 10 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Sit ups in 2 min, 54 x minimum reps with 3 min rest - Push ups in 2 min, 52 x minimum reps with 3 min rest

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