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College Credit for Special Operations Training

August 30, 2008
MH-53 Pave Low

MH-53 Pave Low

The MH-53J/M Pave Low helicopter is flown by the US Air Force Special Operations Command or AFSOC. Find the AFSOC MH-53 Pave Low poster at The PatriArt Gallery.

The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field (FL) recently met the Air University’s Board of Visitors requirements allowing enlisted students to automatically receive credits toward their Community College of the Air Force degree for courses taken after April 15, 2008. 

In less than a week, Dr. Stephen Harris, USAFSOS dean of academics and Col. Paul Harmon, school commandant, completed the first credentialing phase. In this phase they submitted course documentation, instructor qualifications, school’s mission statement and Air Force Special Operations Command commander’s approval letter to the CCAF committee. 

“I think the great thing is how the senior leadership at Hurlburt embraced and pushed this idea,” Dr. Harris said. 

The CCAF committee conducted a site visit, observed courses and facilities before making recommendations to the Air University’s Board of Visitors. They granted USAFSOS a candidacy status, which permits the school to operate a full year before receiving their full affiliation status. 

Fifteen courses the school offers are now approved for CCAF credits. Three instructor qualification courses are waiting approval. For a complete listing of approved courses and credit hours, click here.

There are no tuition charges for U.S. personnel attending USAFSOS courses. Student travel and per diem costs are the responsibility of the home unit. 

More than700 guest speakers, including former ambassadors, distinguished academicians, active duty and retired flag-rank officers, support USAFSOS. Approximately 9,200 students attended USAFSOS in 2006. 

Although the number of AFSOC members that attend the courses is traditionally low due to the ops tempo, USAFSOS is hoping the chance to earn credits for their CCAF will increase their enrollment of AFSOC Airmen. 

“We are trying to get the word out that this is an opportunity to take advantage of, especially for our own Airmen here at Hurlburt,” Colonel Harmon said.

Jeremy Webster