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-ofcapture 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.
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.