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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (ENLISTED)
Q: What duty stations are available?
A: We have three duty stations: Fort Campbell Kentucky, Fort Lewis Washington, and Hunter Army Airfield Savannah Georgia.
Q: Where can I find more information about the 160th?
A: There are several websites available:
160th AKO Page:
Q: What MOS’s can apply to the 160th?
A: Please see our MOS List here.
Q: Do you accept my pay grade?
A: We are currently accepting applications for Soldiers in the rank of E-1 to E-5. We will accept E-6's on a case-by-case basis. We may accept an E-6 that has less than one year time in grade and is able to PCS now. The unit tends to promote enough senior NCO's from within to meets the requirement for its limited senior NCO positions.
Q: Do you accept females? If so, in what MOS'S?
A: Yes. The Regiment accepts females for assignment to certain positions within the following MOS's: 15E, 15P, 15S, 15T, 15U, 15W, 25B, 25S, 27D, 35F/G/L/N, 36B, 42A, 44C, 92A/Y, 94E. These are primarily staff positions. All Soldiers go through the same general screening process, regardless of gender. Prior to assigning female Soldiers, we ensure there is a valid, non-gender restricted MTOE or TDA position they can fill prior to approval for assignment. See the MOS List for more details.
Q. Do 68W’s have a different application to fill out?
A. Yes. All 68W's interested in assignment to the 160th must complete a separate SOFM application (click here). Our medical team is the review panel for all interested 68W's. They use this application to give them an idea of your medical experience. Every 68W that gets accepted must attend the SOCM course at Ft. Bragg before they get assigned to the 160th. The course is a PCS move due to its length. Successful completion will get you assigned to the 160th with Airborne school en route, if not already airborne qualified. Airborne IS a requirement to be a medic in the 160th. You can download a copy of the Special Operations Flight Medic Application here. Please e-mail all questions AND applications to MSG Dobbins at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Is a SECRET security clearance required to get an assignment to the 160th?
A. Maintaining a minimum SECRET clearance is required to remain assigned with the 160th SOAR(A). If you do not already have a clearance, it will be initiated upon your arrival. An interim clearance will be granted upon successful completion of the questionnaire. If you have a clearance pending or have an interim, that is fine too. The hard and fast rule is: "You must be able to maintain a minimum SECRET clearance in order to remain assigned with the unit". For those without any clearance, we do not know what your background holds, so this requires the initiation of the clearance. If the clearance comes back unfavorable, you will be re-assigned needs of the Army (usually within the post you are stationed). Each Soldier knows what they have done, so I highly encourage being honest on your application and with yourself. If there are things in your background that seem questionable, please contact your S-2 officer. They may be able to clear up any questions due to handling clearance issues often. In a worst case, contact the Enlisted Recruiter at Recruiters@soar.army.mil.
Q: I just arrived at my current unit. Can I still apply?
A: Yes, you can still apply. You will not be released from your current unit until you have met the minimum time on station requirements set by Department of the Army.
Q: Who decides if I am accepted?
A: A member of the Command decides if you are the right Soldier for the job. Department of the Army makes the decision on whether or not to assign you orders to the Regiment.
Q: How long does it take to find out if I’ve been selected?
A: If you are eligible to PCS when you submit your application, the process normally takes about 10 business days. As with any unit, there are brief periods of time where the required member(s) of the Command are not available. You will be notified via your AKO email once a decision has been reached. You can also check your status using your Assignment Satisfaction Key on AKO. If for some reason you do not receive a response within a reasonable period, send an email inquiring about the status of your application using your AKO email address to the Enlisted Recruiter.
Q: When should I apply?
A: There is no perfect time to apply. Assignments are made upon needs for specific MOS and Grade positions open upon your availability. If you are deployed or deploying, you will need to submit your application once you reach the half-way mark of your deployment.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Complete the Enlisted Application found on the Homepage. Download the application and follow the instructions carefully. You will be asked to send other documents in addition to the application. The preferred way to send your application is by using your AKO e-mail. Ensure you include your MOS and name in the subject of all email. If you don't have the means to use email, please send it by fax.
Q: I tried calling the Enlisted Recruiter, but there was no answer.
A: The position requires traveling to various installations to conduct briefings. The best way to make contact is via email.
Q: How long are the deployments?
A: Every schedule is different. Each duty position rotation is usually managed at the company level and can usually range from 30-120 days, depending on the current unit’s mission.
Q: What incentives are available?
A: Tons of military and civilian school opportunities are available. Certain duty positions receive special pays and allowances.