The Professional Bulletin of Army Special Operations

Building for the Future

The JFK Special Warfare Center and School Campus is undergoing a major facelift to meet the needs of the future force.      The JFK Special Warfare Center and School Campus is undergoing a major facelift to meet the needs of the future force.

The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, or SWCS, is one of our nation's premier training institutions. Unfortunately, while our training is top-notch, our facilities have not kept pace. It is the intent of the commanding general, Major General Bennet Sacolick, that our campus reflect the same degree of professionalism as our training. To that end, SWCS has undertaken a multimillion-dollar construction plan to overhaul its campus.

Lethal Weapon

The Directorate of Regional Studies and Education builds SOF's greatest weapon: the minds of its Soldiers.The Directorate of Regional Studies and Education builds SOF's greatest weapon: the minds of its Soldiers.

As the United States and its coalition partners prosecute the current campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and the Philippines, the U.S. military, along with its interagency counterparts, must also prepare for uncertain security situations beyond the present theaters of conflict. Those areas of friction and conflict exted beofre 9/11 and will continue to exist. Our adversaries will attempt to exploit the above-named campaigns all around the world, and we must fight our enemy with our minds as well as with weapons. For the operators of Army special-operations forces, or ARSOF, the most versatile and lethal weapon is their mind.

The Big Picture

1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) introduces the comprehensive training environment to better prepare the force for future engagements.1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) introduces the comprehensive training environment to better prepare the force for future engagements.

Change is a constant factor of the Special Forces Qualification Course, or SFQC, because the trainers at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, or SWCS, are always striving to improve the training process and its product, the SF Soldier.

Expanding the UW Reach

Unconventional Warfare training is expanding throughout the Special Forces Qualification Course to introduce students to the UW environment early in their training.Unconventional Warfare training is expanding throughout the Special Forces Qualification Course to introduce students to the UW environment early in their training.

Although the core mission of SF always has been UW, we do not have a formal education and training program that extends beyond what students receive in the SF Qualification Course, or SFQC. To rectify that deficiency Lieutenant General Mulholland directed the commanding general of the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Major General Bennet Sacolick, to examine the current training regime, identify opportunities for improving training, and develop an advanced curriculum to educate senior officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers in the science and art of planning, preparing for and conducting UW.

THIS issue

March-April 2011
Volume 24 | Issue 2

Special Warfare, March-April 2011

From the commandant

Maj. Gen. Bennet SacolickIn this issue of Special Warfare, we are publishing our first-ever course catalog to highlight all of the exciting courses that we now provide members of our regiments at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School. Along with a brief description of the courses, we are also publishing articles that explain some of the changes that we are making to improve the quality of instruction.

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Additional content

SWCS Academic Handbook

SWCS Academic Handbook