ARSOF Civilian Education Gateway
Providing Educational Pathways for Army Special-Operations Forces. The SOF Soldier must be looked at holistically. For our force to succeed, we must blend training, experience and education to produce special operators who are highly trained in warrior skills and broadly educated with leadership qualities based upon humility, critical thinking, comfort with ambiguity, acceptance of prudent but calculated risks and the ability to make rapid adjustments based upon a continuous assessment of the situation. This site is the gateway for the ARSOF operator to review options and resources and then select and implement an educational plan that spans his or her special-operations career. To get started, click on a link below that represents the degree level that you are pursuing. If you need heelp, do not hesitate to use the contact information to the right to communicate with your SWCS counselor for the personal touch!
All active-component Soldiers entering the Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations or Special Forces qualification courses without an associate's degree may enroll in a civilian institution as part of the qualification course - this will include seven additional classes (17 credit hours) plus completion of the qualification course, and results in an associate's degree for that Soldier.
The ARSOF concept for bachlor's degrees includes a two-year + two-year option that allows the associate's degree earned during the qualification course to dovetail into a relevant bachelor's program. Completion time is dependent on military occupational specialty, but it is intended to coincide with completion of the Senior Leader's Course (SLC).
It is SWCS' vision that ARSOF officers, select warrant officers and select NCOs will have master's degree along appropriate professional miltiary education and career timelines.
SWCS is researching available, feasible and relevant doctoral programs. Select ARSOF Soldiers will be designated for doctoral programs based on the needs of the command and career applicability. Please check back for more information at a later date.