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The Army Ranger Wing Special Operations Forces Qualification (SOFQ) course is run annually to induct new members into the ARW. The target audience for the SOFQ course are Officers, NCO’s and soldiers of the PDF with high levels of physical fitness, navigation skills, personal motivation and the aspiration to serve in the ARW.

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The SOFQ Syllabus is designed to test and assess all aspects of the candidate’s character, military skills ability and general suitability to become a member of the ARW and provide the potential unit member with all the skills and knowledge necessary to function in the role of SOF assault team operator on successful completion of the course.

This aim of this page is to give candidates the knowledge to prepare sufficiently for Module 1 of the SOFQ process. Module 1 assesses a candidate’s level of physical fitness, motivation and suitability to progress on to SOFQ modules 2-5. During phase 1 of Module 1 all candidates must pass a series of fitness assessments, map reading and individual navigation assessments, claustrophobia, water confidence and psychometric testing in order to progress to Phase 2. In Phase 2 of Module 1 candidates are further assessed over a series of land navigation exercises with set weights but unknown distances and completion times. This culminates in exercise ENDURANCE a 60Km cross-country march carrying a 29.5kg combat load. Officer candidates are also subjected to rigorous assessment of their planning and decision making skills to assess suitability to achieve a command appointment in the ARW.

In the coming weeks there will be more information added to this site to aid you in your preparation for your course.

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