Special Reconnaissance

Overview & Capabilities

Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR) consists of the Air Force’s ground combat forces that deploy

around the world to project U.S. military power through Global Access, rescue friendly forces through

Personnel Recovery, and destroy the enemy through Precision Strike.


Within the AFSPECWAR community are Special Reconnaissance (SR) Airmen who train to provide global battlespace

awareness and access by translating a need for information into actionable intelligence. They perform on Special Tactics

Teams at the leading edge of technology in sensitive and forward operating environments to characterize ground based

air threats, provide environmental reconnaissance, develop targets, surveil objectives, and perform long-range precision

engagement - all with focus on the execution of airpower.


SR Airmen deploy by any means necessary - via airborne, maritime, or land based platforms - to collect and exploit

time-sensitive information and tilt the battlespace in favor of US air supremacy.

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The following courses are required to

become a SR Airman:


Special Warfare Prepatory Course (SW Prep)

Location: JBSA-Lackland, TX

Assessment & Selection Course

Location: JBSA-Lackland, TX

Pre-Drive Course

Location: JBSA-Lackland, TX

Combat Dive Open and Closed Circuit

Location: Panama City, FL

Airborne Parachutist (Static Line)

Location: Ft. Benning, GA

Military Free Fall Parachutist

Location: Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and

Escape Training

Location: Fairchild AFB, WA

Underwater Egress Training

Location: Fairchild AFB, WA

SR Apprentice Course

Location: Pope AAF, NC

Special Tactics Training Squadron -

Advanced Skills Training

Location: Hurlburt Field AFB, FL

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Course

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL