“Soldiers willing to volunteer for this assignment is the first step in finding the right Soldiers for the (new security force assistance brigades). We’re looking for like-minded individuals, Soldiers who are proficient in their military occupational specialties. Soldiers with the adviser attributes like initiative, working in ambiguity and disciplined.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Ken Killingsworth
2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade
As the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade has been announced to arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2019, the Army is still recruiting Soldiers to fill that brigade and the other two new security force assistance brigades.
Recruiters came to JBLM May 31 to talk with Soldiers about signing up for the security force assistance brigades.
A security force assistance brigade is designed to train, advise and assist allied and partner nations in combined arms warfare. Although the brigades are similar to mobile training teams used in Iraq and Afghanistan, the brigades are specialized units designed to consist of highly trained Soldiers who are among the top tactical leaders in the Army.
Finding volunteers was the main goal of the security force assistance brigade recruiting brief at JBLM. The Army is looking to structure the brigades with noncommissioned officers and officers possessing the ideal qualities to succeed in the distinct environment.
“Soldiers willing to volunteer for this assignment is the first step in finding the right Soldiers for the (new security force assistance brigades),” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ken Killingsworth, the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade command sergeant major, from Fort Bragg, N.C. “We’re looking for like-minded individuals, Soldiers who are proficient in their military occupational specialties. Soldiers with the adviser attributes like initiative, working in ambiguity and disciplined.”
Soldiers will need to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to operate as a member of a small unit and be able to positively influence change in the performance of a foreign security force unit through effective interactions.
“That’s what encompasses the type of (noncommissioned officers), warrant officers and officers that we’re looking for to volunteer and be a part of a SFAB,” Killingsworth said.
Along with the 5th SFA Bde. coming to JBLM, the Army announced the stationing of the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo. The three units will join the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 2nd SFA Bde., at Fort Bragg, N.C.
However, there will be stringent criteria for prospective Soldiers, and volunteering is only the first step to become an SFAB Soldier despite these new billets and opportunities.
If selected, Soldiers will attend a 26-day Combat Advisor Training Course at Fort Benning through the Military Advisor Training Academy to include special training in language, foreign weapons and the joint fires observer course.
Finding and filling the five security force assistance brigades with the most highly trained tactical leaders is the Army’s first priority, and the Army is not holding back incentives to join the organization. Incentives include increased promotion potential, special pay, deletion of current orders, and choice of assignment after successfully completing the three-year assignment. Also a bonus is available for up to $52,000 for those who reenlist for security forces assistance brigade positions.
“We recently had a Soldier volunteer while stationed in Korea,” Killingsworth said. “He was in country for 21 days, we brought him back for assessment, he was accepted into the SFAB,and flew back to Korea for 15 days to clear theater and start his training.
“Promotable specialists who graduate CATC will be awarded 799 promotion points, and all NCO ranks do not have to complete the NCO schools to be promoted while assigned to an SFAB.”
Soldiers who volunteer for the security force assistance brigades are making an investment in their future by adding a set of skills, knowledge and operational experience that will be in high demand by the joint forces.
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Dixon, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division commander, and a recent CATC graduate, spoke to the attendees at the end of the brief.
“Most of you here have completed your key development time,” Dixon said. “Your job here at JBLM has ended. While you’re waiting on your next (key development) assignment, why not do something that matters in the meantime.”
For more information about the security force assistance brigades and how to volunteer, speak to your unit retention office or visit armyreenlistment.com/sfab.html.