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Special Operations: Super Sidekicks For SEALS
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August 23, 2009: Special operations teams (mainly Delta Force, SEAL and Special Forces ODAs) operating independently usually have an air force combat controller along. These airmen are not only trained to call in air strikes, but also act as air controllers (orchestrate the movements of all aircraft in the vicinity to avoid collisions). In addition, the air controllers are trained to meet the physical and tactical requirements of operating with special operations troops.

This is particularly demanding for those air controllers who work with SEAL teams. This requires 21 months of training. First, the air controller applicants must survive the two week selection course. They then spend 15 weeks at the Air Traffic Control School, where they qualify as air traffic controllers. Then they spend three weeks in jump (airborne) school, followed by three weeks in air force survival school (how to get by in a wilderness and avoid capture). Finally, they get 13 weeks of Air Combat Control school. If they pass all that, they can serve as air controllers for all special operations units except SEALs. For that they need another 12 months of training. All Combat Controllers get this training anyway. It begins with five weeks of physical conditioning (Pre-Scuba school), followed by the six week Combat Diver school. After that comes more parachute training (the four week freefall school). Then they go on to 12 weeks of SEAL Core Skills, followed by eight weeks of Mission Qualifications. If they survive all that, they are qualified to accompany SEAL teams on missions, and call in air strikes for the SEALs.

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Gerry       8/23/2009 8:54:18 PM
The individual committment to be part of a Spec op team or SEAL team is awesome. Obviously these are dedicated indiviuals. Professionals in the truest sense of the word. Only for those that would "love" the life. One has to give a great amount of respect to those that qualify.
 
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yeter    SEALs   8/24/2009 4:55:59 PM

The individual committment to be part of a Spec op team or SEAL team is awesome. Obviously these are dedicated indiviuals. Professionals in the truest sense of the word. Only for those that would "love" the life. One has to give a great amount of respect to those that qualify.


The water ops part of combat,really separates SEALs! And thee above proves it! Strange,Delta and ODA's do water ops
also?
 
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dll2000    Time   8/26/2009 10:06:32 PM
Like med school without the big pay, at least they arent incurring a huge debt. 
 
Here are some special rules of engagement though after all that training: 
 
Dont shoot until someone shoots at you.
 
Dont shoot at anyone in a graveyard, at a funeral, in a mosque or holy city even if they are shooting at you.
 
No harsh questioning for information.
 
Good luck boys, you'll need it. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A32       8/27/2009 10:26:06 AM
Yeter -- Don't believe everything you read, CCT's must complete AST before being assigned to an operational squadron.  AST is what the author is referring to with "another 12 months of training".  Also what he is calling "SEAL core skills" training is actually core skills training (skills of SOCOM).
 
And yes, maritime operations are the speciality of SEALS and the Navy.  That's why Navy EODs are combat divers.  To answer your question, yes CAG, ODAs and Rangers do "water ops".
 
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mabie       9/3/2009 8:03:56 PM
Maybe it might be simpler to train a SEAL to do the job of an air force combat controller.
 
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