Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions

1T0X1 - Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Operations

Trainees Attend U.S. Air Force S.E.R.E. Instructor School
A U.S. Air Force survival training instructor checks over a snow shelter at the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Training Instructor Course in the Colville National Forest, near Ione, Washington. The all-volunteer SERE Training Instructor program is designed to teach future survival instructors how to teach aircrew members how to survive in any environment and is one of the most physically and mentally demanding technical schools, located at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Costing roughly $60,000.00 per individual to train, the 23-week course is offered twice a year with training held at several Pacific Northwest locations to include instruction in basic survival, medical, navigation skills, overland travel, evasion, artic survival, coastal survival, tropics and river survival, and desert survival. The program has nearly a 25 per cent attrition rate, training approximately 80 survival instructors per year. Currently the Air Force has an estimated 325 SERE Instructors located world-wide.. Jeff T. Green / Getty Images

Specialty Summary

Develops, manages, and conducts Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) programs. Develops, conducts, manages, and evaluates SERE Code of Conduct training (CoCT) and Code of Conduct Continuation training (CoCCT), and personnel recovery (PR) operational support programs. Conducts operational testing on and instructs the use of SERE-related equipment. Performs and instructs basic, advanced, and emergency military parachuting.

Coordinates SERE activities and conducts observer and controller duties during PR exercises. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 012.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Plans, organizes, directs, and conducts SERE training activities. Designs and develops curriculum, functional structure, and procedures for SERE CoCT and CoCCT courses and programs. Determines training schedules according to course control documents, directives, policies, and instructional principles. Ensures student safety. Conducts classroom, laboratory, and operational training. Uses lecture, demonstration and performance, guided discussion, and time and circumstance instructional methodology. Conducts training under conditions closely approximating actual SERE episodes. Training environments and scenarios include, but are not limited to, global environmental conditions, combat situations, and captivity.

Develops SERE joint tactics, techniques, and procedures (JTTP).

Supports operational tasking for theater and Joint Forces Commanders. Functions as in-theater SERE and PR subject matter expert (SME). Manages development and coordination of SERE and PR operational support programs. Manages SERE programs including isolated personnel reports, evasion plans of action, blood chits, evasion charts, and PR aids.

Augments Joint Search and Rescue Center (JSRC) and Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) as SERE and PR SME. Assists in developing theater combat search and rescue (CSAR) policies and special instructions.

Instructs and performs static line, military free fall, and emergency parachuting techniques. Conducts test parachuting operations including SERE-related survival and life support equipment, personnel parachutes, and aircraft jump platform certification. Demonstrates emergency egress procedures for SERE CoCT and CoCCT students.

Coordinates SERE activities to support PR related exercises. Performs observer and controller duties for high-risk-of-capture personnel. Acts as operational risk management (ORM) advisor for SERE activities.

Inspects and evaluates SERE training and PR operational support activities. Evaluates SERE CoCT and CoCCT courses and programs. Determines readiness and efficacy of equipment, supplies, and training aids. Ensures standardization and compliance with policies, directives, course control documents, ORM procedures, operational guidance, and instructional methodology.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: global SERE and PR principles and JTTP; procedures for CoCT and MAJCOM CoCCT requirements; procedures for PR program management; JSRC/RCC roles and missions; intentional and emergency parachuting procedures; providing for personal protection and sustenance; communication and signaling techniques; methods of vectoring recovery assets; evasion movement; nuclear, chemical, and biological survival skills; physiology and psychology of survival; avoidance of hazardous terrain, rough land travel, and emergency evacuation procedures for injured personnel; survival medicine and first aid; land and water navigation and travel; proper conduct when dealing with special operations recovery teams and assisted recovery mechanisms; caring for and using post-egress, recovery, and life support survival equipment; improvising and manufacturing clothing and equipment needed by a survivor or Prisoner Of War (POW), courseware development; lecture, demonstration and performance, guided discussion, time and circumstance, and role-play instructional methods and techniques; impact of Geneva Conventions on evaders, POWs and escapees; conduct after capture concepts for war, governmental detention, and terrorist hostage environments including, but not limited to, resistance to exploitation, organization and communication, maintenance of psychological and physical health, and escape.

Education. Completion of high school with courses in speech, education, physical education, biology, botany, anthropology, geology, and geography are desirable for entry into this specialty.

For specific selection & qualification procedures, see AETCI 36-2102.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

1T031. Completion of the following courses:

1. SERE Indoctrination Course.

2. Basic Combat Survival Course.

3. Water Survival, Nonparachuting Course.

4. SERE Training Instructor Course.

    1T051. Completion of the following courses:

    Arctic Survival Training Course.

    Water Survival, Parachuting Course.

    Resistance Training Orientation.

      1T071. Completion of the advanced SERE Training Instructor Course.

      Also see Air Force SERE Instructor Selection and Training.

      Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

      1T051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1T031. Also, experience in the application of global combat survival principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment, including emergency parachuting; land and water navigation and travel; combat, tactical communication and signaling; CSAR operations, survival in nuclear, chemical, and biological contamination conditions; prisoner of war conduct after capture, organization and communication, and resistance to exploitation; improvising and manufacturing clothing and equipment needed by a survivor; recovery procedures; survival medicine rough land travel and recovery living under primitive conditions; escape and evasion techniques; use of post-egress survival and life support equipment.

      1T071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1T051. Also, experience in performing or supervising SERE functions and training activities.

      1T091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1T071. Also, experience in managing and directing SERE operations and training programs.

        Other.The following are mandatory as indicated:

        For award and retention of AFSC 1T031/51/71/91.

        Eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501Personnel Security Program Management.

        Physical qualification for SERE Specialist duty according to AFI 48-123Medical Examination and Standards.

        Deployment Rate for this AFSC

        Strength Req: N

        Physical Profile: 111121

        Citizenship: Yes

        Required Appitude Score : G-53 (Changed to G-55, effective 1 Jul 04).

        Technical Training:

        Course #: SV-81-B

        Location : L

        Length (Days): 9

        Course #: SV-80-A

        Location : Fc

        Length (Days): 17

        Course #: SV-90-A

        Location : Fc

        Length (Days): 2

        Course #: SV-81-A

        Location : Fc

        Length (Days): 121

        More Information- (SERE Instructor Web Page)

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