From the most recent (March 2016) STO application package:
"Civilians: The Air Force is accepting civilian applications for Special Tactic Officer on a case-by-case basis. Interested civilians should contact Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service Line Officer Accessions @ HQRSOCL@us.af.mil for further details."
This new guidance has been mentioned only a couple of times on these forums and has not been followed by much discussion as to what it entails. Would anyone be able to elaborate on what this means for civilians hoping to enter Special Operations as an officer? From what I understand, up until this point, civilians have had the choice of either enlisting into the special operations role of their choice, then applying for a commission through OTS or going straight into a different officer AFSC through OTS, then attempting to apply for a chance to be released from that AFSC to pursue special operations.
It would seem that this new guidance opens up a third, more direct option. If so, would anyone happen to know if it is more or less viable than the other two options? Guidance as to what kind of things qualify someone to be selected for this special "case-by-case" option would be particularly helpful.
Thank you in advance to anyone who can provide some answers.