During the summer, most college students are enjoying a much-needed break from their studies or working a part-time job to pay for school. Instead, nearly 50 Air Force ROTC cadets across the nation chose to push through grueling workouts and leadership challenges during a week-long Special Tactics orientation course here.
Run twice a summer by the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing, Airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing taught 48 cadets what it takes to become a Special Tactics officer. “It’s a chance for the cadets to come in here to get a feel for what Special Tactics careers are like,” said John Thomas, director of the recruiting, assessment and selection section at Special Tactics Training Squadron. “It’s an opportunity for them to get a look at us and for us to get a good look at them as prospective Special Tactics Officers.”
Read more about the Special Tactics Monster Mash in “Future officers forfeit summer to train with Special Tactics”, Maxwell Air Force Base, August 2, 2016. Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy USAF.