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"I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States."

Application, Assessment, and Acceptance

Since our inception, The 160th SOAR has filled its ranks with "tested volunteers."  Enlisted Soldiers and NCOs are actively recruited to fill our ranks with the best men or women capable of executing our mission. Our assessment process is conducted by the Special Operations Training Battalion to ensure every member of the organization has the skill, attitude, and desire to serve as a member of the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC).  This is the foundation all Night Stalkers must have for their career to prosper and succeed in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). The following is a general overview of the process for becoming a Night Stalker and a member of the Special Operations Command.

Initial Application

Complete the 160th SOAR Enlisted Application. Submit completed application to local SORB recruiter. This process generally takes a month to complete.

Application Review

The 160th Enlisted Assessment Group reviews all applications. Following approval, you will be scheduled for the Enlisted Combat Skills Course. This review and scheduling process generally takes 2-3 months.

Enlisted Combat Skills Course (Green Platoon)

Selection and training is conducted by the SOATB Cadre and instructors during the Special Operations Combat Skills course otherwise known as "Green Platoon."

Green Platoon is the initial training program all Soldiers must attend prior to becoming a member of the 160th. In Green Platoon, you will find the standards of performance exacting and unwavering. Our expectations are high, but attainable. Perform your best and arrive every day at the right time, right place, right uniform, in the right attitude to conduct training, and you will be successful.

Travel Status for Enlisted Combat Skills Training

Soldiers may attend Green Platoon under one of the following Assignment categories:

Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

Temporary Duty (TDY) and Return (TDY-R): TDY-R Soldiers will report directly for Enlisted Combat Skills Training, and on completion of Enlisted Combat Skills and any follow-on training will report back to their installation to out-process prior to PCS to Ft. Campbell, KY; Hunter Army Airfield/Ft. Stewart, GA; or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

TDY En Route (TDY-E): Soldiers traveling with assignment orders from IET/AIT and will report for Enlisted Combat Skills Training and any follow-on training. Upon completion of training, TDY-E Soldiers will proceed to Ft. Campbell, KY; Hunter Army Airfield/ Ft. Stewart, GA; or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Ft. Campbell ATRRS (FC-ATRRS): Soldiers will report directly for Enlisted Combat Skills Training, and on completion of Enlisted Combat Skills and any follow-on training will report back to their Ft. Campbell unit for out-processing before proceeding to Ft. Campbell, Hunter Army Airfield/ Ft. Stewart, GA, or Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Initial Special Operations Training (Green Platoon)

Special Operations Combat Skills and MOS specific training is the foundation for all newly assigned and/or requalifying Enlisted Soldiers.  Many of these courses consist of formalized training resulting in Additional Skill Identifier (ASI), Special Qualification Identifier (SQI), and college credits for military education. 

Enlisted Combat Skills

All Enlisted Soldiers will attend the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) Enlisted Combat Skills Course (Green Platoon). The 5-week course includes:

  • Physical Assessment
  • Security Clearance
  • Physiological Screening
  • Navy Class II Swim Test
  • First Responder
  • Trauma Lanes
  • Land Navigation Training
  • Special Operations Combative Program (SOCP)
  • Advanced Weapons Training

Support Enlisted MOS Training

Following completion of Enlisted Combat Skills, Soldiers will complete unit level training prior to reporting to their gaining unit.

Aircraft Maintenance Training

Special operations aircraft are highly modified with special mission equipment, advanced avionics, and communications. Maintenance courses are designed and built around maintaining our unique airframes. Formalized Maintenance Courses Include:

  • AH/MH-6 Maintainer Course
  • MH-60 Maintainer Course
  • MH-47 Maintainer Course
  • CAAS Avionics Course
  • AH/MH-6 Avionics Course
  • SOF Gray Eagle Course
  • IO SO Management Course
  • SOF UAS Leader’s Course

Crewmember Enlisted Flight Training/Qualification

As part of their progression to Basic Mission Qualification (BMQ), enlisted Soldiers selected for duty as an MH-60 or MH-47 crewmember will receive additional formalized flight training in:

  • Mountain, Desert, Overwater/Ship Environments
  • Door Gunnery Qualification
  • Aerial Refueling Operations
  • Special Operations Mission Tasks
  • Aquatics/Dunker Training

Enlisted Professional Career Development

Career management of our Soldiers and NCOs is critical to recruitment and retention. In addition to training, developing and mentoring subordinates, USASOAC and the 160th SOAR(Abn) leadership are charged with the talent management and leader development for every Soldier.  Night Stalkers are leaders, highly trained professionals, and a critical component of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.  Morale, esprit de corps, and the retention of special operations aviation Soldiers and NCOs is critical to our mission and the future of our force. 

Service Opportunities

Career stability and longevity as a Night Stalker means opportunity for advancement within the Regiment. Service opportunities include:

  • Section/Platoon NCOIC
  • Department NCOIC
  • Company/Battalion/Regiment Staff NCO
  • SOATB Instructor
  • Company/Battalion/Regiment 1SG/CSM

Military Education

Our goal is for each Night Stalker to maximize their military education. In addition to attending required Army professional development and leadership courses, you may have the opportunity to attend advanced military schools or those schools within a sister service that will enhance your capability.

Civilian Education

The programs of instruction offered by the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion may translate as credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate's degree through the American Council on Education (ACE).

Professional Credentialing

Based on your MOS and duty position, you may have the opportunity to attend civilian/military schools and training that offer professional credentialing and certification opportunities.


Promotion opportunities are regularly available, but are competitive and based on performance. It is important to point out that special operations training, qualification courses, and opportunities can lead to valuable credentialing, a college degree, and experience that will be helpful in the advancement of your career.

Leadership Opportunities

Beyond traditional leadership responsibilities, you may have the opportunity to lead specialized missions, teams, and groups. These types of leadership responsibilities are a regular occurrence within the special operations aviation community, and no two are the same. We rely on those NCOs placed in charge of these types of missions to use their leadership skills, training, knowledge, and intellect to complete their team's assignment.

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