Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne)
The Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), also referred to as the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), is responsible for the initial and advanced training for the Army's Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces branches, as well as advanced skills such as Military Freefall parachuting, combat diving and advanced close quarters combat. The Group was also home to the Department of Defense's second largest language school.
The Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) was one of 2 institutional groups within the US Army Special Operations Command, sharing instruction duties with the Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne), with both units assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. The Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) is responsible for the 6-phase Special Forces Pipeline training. To accomplish this mission the Group divided the responsibility into 4 battalions as of the early 2000s. The 1st Battalion was responsible for all field training in the Special Forces Pipeline, conducting the Special Warfare Qualification Course (SFQC). The 3rd Battalion conducted language training and 4th Battalion conducts all military occupational specialty (MOS) training. The 2nd Battalion conducts specialized training. Company B, 2nd Battalion operates the Military Free Fall School. Company C, 2nd Battalion, operates the Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Florida.
As of 2011, the Special Warfare Training Group had expanded to 6 battalions and a support battalion. The language training function had been passed first to the Directorate of Regional Studies and Education and then to the Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne). 1st Battalion still managed the SFQC. 2nd Battalion trained special operations forces and other selected personnel in advanced special-operations skills, techniques, tactics and procedures in CONUS. It also implemented and evaluated associated doctrine, then deployed military training teams worldwide in support of regional combatant commanders and DoD missions. 3rd Battalion trained and educated Army officers, NCOs and Advanced Individual Traning soldiers in civil affairs operations. 4th Battalion, utilizing the Instructor Operation Detachment Alphas (IODAs) and Operational Detachment Bravos, trained, advised, managed, counseled, and provided mentorship to all assigned Students (US and Foreign) in the SFQC in order to produce expertly trained and well-prepared Special Forces soldiers. 5th Battalion trained and educated Army officers, NCOs and Advanced Individual Training soldiers in military information support operations (previously known as psychological warfare operations). The 6th Battalion trains and educates Army Special Forces, joint special operations forces, and other selected interagency personnel to conduct specialized intelligence and operational activities in order to provide them an unmatched capability to understand and address the diverse threats of the 21st century.
The Group's Support Battalion sustained the training force through the forecast and management of 8 fundamental commodities consisting of communication and electronic, armament, aerial delivery, transportation, food service, publications, facilities, and CIF. In concert with the commodities, the Support Battalion also oversaw a number of logistics-management programs that enhance training efforts. The Special Warfare Center and School Personnel Action Center (SWCSPAC) was a human-resource and academic-records company integrated with Installation Management Command to provide personnel-service support for the more than 3,500 students annually entering the Special Warfare Center. The Support Battalion also had a detachment forward to support the separate entities training at Camp Mackall and encompasses transportation, maintenance, food service, armament, C&E, and installation support.
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