The Special Operations Weather (SOWT) Career Field will change to Special Reconnaissance (SR) in April 2019. SR will emphasize skills associated with airpower-minded reconnaissance and surveillance and will maintain some of the important environmental reconnaissance (ER) tools developed by SOWT. A transition training program is currently being developed in conjunction with initial skills training updates.
Special Operations Weather Team (SOWTs) are special operators with advanced meteorological and oceanographic skill sets. They are Air Force Special Tactics members assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, and 321st Special Tactics Squadron – all units under Air Force Special Operations Command.
Operating in all climates, day or night, special operations weathermen maintain the highest standards of physical fitness and proficiency in the use of light weapons. Special operations weathermen are among the most highly trained personnel in the U.S. military. They maintain the same weather weapon system qualifications as all Air Force weathermen in addition to advanced special tactics skills. Their 61 weeks of training and unique mission skills earn them the right to wear the gray beret.
SOWTs can establish weather networks in austere combat locations, giving battlefield commanders real-time ground truth weather information that may impact deployment, movement and engagement decisions.
Their motto, "Coela Bellatores," or "Weather Warriors," reaffirms the commitment to deploy into restricted environments by air, land or sea to observe and analyze all weather data from “mud to sun.”
Special Warfare Preparatory Course
Assessment and Selection
Initial Skills Course
U.S. Army Airborne School
U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School
U.S. Air Force Water Survival School
U.S. Air Force Underwater Egress Training
Special Operations Weather Course
Advanced Skills Training
Special Tactics Training
Combat dive and military free-fall qualifications, as well as recon-specific training, are being added to the pipeline.
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