WEATHER PARACHUTIST INFORMATION
Air Force Combat Weathermen
Combat Weathermen are weather forecasters with forward ground combat capabilities.
It's a special duty assignment that Air Force weather personnel AFSC
1W0X1 can apply for.
and interpret weather data and provide intelligence from deployed locations
while serving as members of Air Force Special Tactics teams with US Army
Special Operations Forces.
collect data, assist mission planning, generate accurate and mission-tailored
target and route forecasts in support of global special operations, conduct
special weather reconnaissance, and train foreign national forces.
specifically located to provide meteorological and oceanographic support
to various components of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Weathermen employ various infiltration/ex filtration methods to include:
static line and military free-fall parachute, small boat or amphibious
means, over land - mounted or dismounted, air land via fixed or rotary-wing
aircraft, and airmobile procedures to include rappel, fast-rope, and rope
Once in the
objective area, they provide climatological/oceanographic data, solar/lunar
data, and weather forecasts/observations to support pre-deployment, deployment,
mission planning, execution, redeployment and special weather reconnaissance.
Weather capabilities include: training members of U.S. Army Special Operations
Command to take and communicate limited weather observations,collect upper
air data, organize, establish and maintain weather data reporting networks,
and determine host nation meteorological (observing and forecasting) capabilities.
Be a volunteer for parachute duty.
Have a 5-skill level in AFSC 1X0X1 (That means graduating technical
school and upgrade OJT training at one of the Air Force Weather "hubs.")
Pass the Army
Physical Fitness Test, with at least a 60 in each category
of the 17-21 year age group.
The APRP reflects the MINIMUM level of fitness to be accepted. The
training course imposes much stricter physical requirements. Males
who cannot complete 50 pushups, 65 sit ups, and 7 pull ups, and females
who cannot complete 63 sit ups, 25 pushups, and 4 pull ups upon arrival
at the course will have problems. Additionally everyone (male &
female) are required to run 4 miles, in formation, at a 9 minute-per-mile
Pass a Flight Class III Flying Physical.
Be recommended by your commander.
Be less than 36 years old as of the date of application (Age waiver
available for E-5s and above).
Note: Females may serve as Combat Weathermen, however, they can
only serve in Air Combat Command Combat Weather units. The DOD combat
exclusion policy prohibits females from serving in positions that forward
deploy with Army ground combat units, which account for all of the Air
Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Combat Weather positions.
to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Combat Weathermen join
forces with Combat Controllers and Pararescuemen to form highly trained
Special Tactics teams.
Tactics team frequently operates with Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Special
Forces in "direct action" (DA), airfield seizure, foreign internal
defense (FID) and unconventional warfare, and personnel recovery missions
in hostile territory.
in all climates, day or night, Combat Weathermen maintain the highest
standards of physical fitness and proficiency in the use of light weapons.
some of the toughest training offered in the U.S. military. Their training,
as well as their unique mission, earns them the right to wear the gray
are assigned under the 720th Special Tactics Group, an AFSOC unit headquartered
at Hurlburt Field, FL. Within the 720th STG they are assigned to the 10th
Combat Weather Squadron, the only Combat weather squadron in the U.S.
Air Force, and the 320th, 321st, and 24th Special Tactics Squadrons.
are part of the Air Force Special Tactics Group. Unlike other special
operations forces, Combat Weather only recruits from existing resources
within the weather career field. In addition, weather has one of the Air
Force’s highest entrance score requirements. In addition to the
initial weather technical school requirements trainees must complete a
series of training schools
change in the Combat Weather training schedule is AFSOC’s new
Advanced Skills Training based at Hurlburt Field, FL., which increases
the success rate of Combat Weather trainees by employing a mentoring
Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga. (3 weeks) - Trainees learn basic
parachuting skills required to infiltrate an objective area by static
Force Basic Survival School, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
(2.5 weeks) - This course teaches basic survival techniques for remote
areas. This includes instruction of principles, procedures, equipment,
and techniques, which enable individuals to survive, regardless of climatic
conditions or unfriendly environments, and return home.
Special Operations Command Advanced Skills Training (4 months) - Advanced
Skills Training (AST) employs a "warrior training warrior”"
philosophy, teaching the skills necessary for successful service in
the Special Tactics community. Training includes preparation for the
Army Military Free fall Parachutist Schools. Also included is training
in advanced communications and navigational aids, employment techniques,
weapons training and small unit tactics.
Military Free Fall Parachutist School, Fort Bragg, NC, and Yuma Proving
Grounds, AZ. (5 weeks) - This course instructs trainees in free fall
parachuting procedures. The course provides wind tunnel training, in-air
instruction focusing on student stability, aerial maneuvers, air sense,
and parachute opening procedures.
- 24 June
1942. Supported the American effort against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India
(CBI) theater of operations.
1944, seeing action during World War II at Normandy Beach, France; and,
in the Netherlands and Yugoslavia.
- On 16
June 1966, the 10th WS was reactivated at Adorn Airfield, Thailand to
conduct combat weather operations in Southeast Asia. Squadron was responsible
for training indigenous weather personnel and setting up the clandestine
weather observation networks throughout Southeast Asia.
- Nov 1971
personnel from the 10th WS were key players in many successful special
operations including the highly weather dependent Son Tv raid. Timing
for the Son Stay raid was advanced by 24 hours based on the 3 -day forecast.
Weather support personnel successfully forecast the only 12 hours of
"go" conditions during a 38-day period.
- Oct 1983
Combat Weathermen deployed in support of Operation Urgent Fury, the
U.S. invasion of Grenada Working with other SOF and conventional forces.
- Oct 1990
Desert Shield/Desert storm involved many Combat Weather units supporting
the entire spectrum of Special Operations.
- Oct 1993
Mogadishu, Somalia Combat weathermen supported TF Ranger in its operation
to capture Warlord Muhammad Far aha Ad id
Bosnia, Combat Weathermen briefed crews that conducted CSAR operations,
and Army Special Forces units. (Continues today).
supporting SOUTHCOM Counter Narcotics operations in South America.
to support ongoing operations in Americas War on Terrisom in Afghanistan.
Currently, there are approximately 120 jump-positions in ACC/AFSOC units.
Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
Hurlburt Field FL
Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field FL
Combat Weather Sq, Hurlburt Field FL
1, 10 CWS, Ft Lewis, WA
2, 10 CWS, Ft Campbell KY
Det 2, 10 CWS, Ft Stewart GA
3, 10 CWS, Ft Carson, CO
4, 10 CWS, Ft Benning, GA
5, 10 CWS, Ft Bragg, NC
321st Special Tactics Sq, Panzer Kaserne Germany
320th Special Tactics Sq, Torii Station Japan
Ft Bragg NC
Combat Command (ACC)
Support Operations Squadron, Ft Campbell KY
Squadron, Ft Bragg NC
States Air Force, Europe (USAFE)
12, 7 Weather Squadron, Vicenza, Italy
Air Force (PACAF)
Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
Weather Flight, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI
Weather Flight, Corapolis, PA
Weather Flight, Carswell, TX
Once you have completed two years in a jump position you may volunteer for an overseas jump or non-jump assignment. Currently, you will not be moved from a stateside assignment as long as you are a non-volunteer for overseas assignments.
The Secretary of Defense combat exclusion policy prohibits females from serving in positions that forward deploy with Army ground combat units. Females may not be assigned to positions supporting Ranger regiments (no females are assigned to Ft Benning) or Special Forces battalions. This accounts for all AFSOC jump positions. Females may serve in ACC jump positions.
HOW TO APPLY
Schedule and pass an Air Force Class III physical examination. Follow the guidance in this package to initiate the physical examination.
Pass the Army Physical Readiness Test (APRT). Again, follow the guidance in this package to prepare yourself for and then take the Army PT test. The APRT should be administered and documented twice. The first time prior to requesting a course start date and again immediately before departure.
(1) The unit commander must certify the results as an official memo to AFSOC/DOW, 100 Bartley Street, Suite 160W, Hurlburt Field, Florida, 32544-5273. Include the statement: "Successfully completed the Airborne physical fitness test according to AFCAT 36-2223 on (date) with a score of (list point values for each activity).
(2)The test should be administered and certified again within 15 days of the class date. Students reporting without this certification or with a certification in excess of 15 days will be administered the APRT by the 507th Parachute Division at Ft Benning prior to class enrollment.
After completing medical and physical qualifications, the next step is to assign you to a jump position. Currently, only persons now assigned to or having an assignment to a unit with jump billets may attend the Airborne School at Ft Benning.
(1)If not already at a jump location, we will work with AFPC to move get you an assignment to a jump location.
(2) Time on station requirements. Normally first-termers require 1 year time on station and second term/career airmen require 3 years Time-On-Station (TOS) for a CONUS to CONUS move and 2 years TOS for a CONUS to OCONUS. TOS waivers are available for those wanting to volunteer to jump
(3)As with all other assignments, individual desires will be considered; but, Air Force requirements dictate the final unit of assignment.
After receiving a projected assignment, we will get you a class date in course J5AZA1T231 001. This is a three-week school at Fort Benning, GA. More information can be found in AFCAT 36-2223 and in this document.
(1)You will attend this course either TDY and return, TDY en route, or TDY from next duty location. The gaining MAJCOM will fund the school.
For more information about how you can be part of Combat Weather, see your Air Force recruiter or contact:
CMSgt Rosemier @ 850-884-2145 DSN 579-2145
MSgt Kellerman / TSgt Barker @ 850-884-3715 DSN 579-3715
ANG Weather Information
John H. Reid II, MSgt, MIANG
Superintendent, 107th Combat Weather Flight (AFSOC)
25090 Altus Street, Bldg 1414
Selfridge ANGB, MI 48045
Cell (313) 585-9659