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Old 13 October 2006, 20:09
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Civil Affairs and SF?

How closely do CA guys work with Special Forces? Do they go on missions with them and sorts?
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Old 13 October 2006, 21:39
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depends on the CA teams AO, Team Leader/Team SGT, their workload, the SF teams need for them amongst other things. If you are thinking about kicking in doors with an ODA then your chances are slim to none as CA.
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Old 14 October 2006, 02:43
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My drill sarn'ts had some pretty cool stories, also heard about 38Bs stacked up, going in the door with operators once or twice... Remember, CA is what... 94% reservists? This leaves the possibility for a bit of a training gap.
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Old 14 October 2006, 14:22
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So... they followed some team guys into the messhall a couple of times...?
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Old 14 October 2006, 16:02
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Are there any active duty CA soldiers?
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Old 14 October 2006, 19:15
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yes. and they work with SF/ theatre JSOTF a lot more than Reservists do.
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Old 15 October 2006, 00:16
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Used to be that the active duty CA (96th) was all 18 series.
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Old 15 October 2006, 05:37
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Usually CA attached as support to SFOD missions are highly skilled, educated pros. ie; PhDs, MDs etc.
Mission requirements dictate specific assignments (of course).

CA personnel are not usually there to follow the conga line through doorways, but if so... no doubt they were qualified to do so.

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Old 30 November 2006, 03:37
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Hey depends on the relationship you can make with the SF guys. I am currently in Iraq and i have a strong relationship, and built that up when they came to our FOB. If you are lucky, they will take you along, i had their CSM talk to mine and got the hook up from the get go. You need to be squared away and dont fake anything. If you dont know then ask.
But if they are on your FOB/Fire Base, go over and talk to them, they know what you are all about.

Hopefully that helps.
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Building rapport... Civil Affairs stuff!
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Old 30 November 2006, 12:41
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Building rapport... Civil Affairs stuff!
Thats why we kicked yall out, Building Rapport is a Psyop function, Building Rapell towers is a CA function:D
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How closely do CA guys work with Special Forces? Do they go on missions with them and sorts?
My advice to you and others is this..... If you want to perform the mission of a SF Soldier go to selection, attend the Q-course, and be all you can be. If you spend your days fantasizing about rubbing elbows with SF and longing to do "cool guy" stuff, you will never be satisfied. Otherwise be as proficient at your job as you possibly can and perform your function as a CA Soldier to the utmost of your abilities. At the end of the day I think you will find it quite a rewarding experience regardless of the unit you support. FWIW.
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Old 30 November 2006, 14:04
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If you spend your days fantasizing about rubbing elbows with SF and longing to do "cool guy" stuff, you will never be satisfied.
Hey, I thought I was the cool guy, the SF types r just dying to work with me! :D
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Old 30 November 2006, 16:43
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I spent 4 years as a support guy for a CIF, and a year in the same's group HQ's prior to reclassing to Psyop. I got to deploy with that group on a regular basis as a Psyopper due to the personal relationships. This was prior to the GWOT so there were not alot of missions, but I got to do a bunch of them.

During exercises I never stacked up with the Assault Troop, but was inside the perimiter incase there was a need for a TPT.

If you read some of the AAR's from the GWOT you will see more often than not that the attached TPT and CA folks would be pulling security instead of assaulting.
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The nice Mod answered your question.

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