Task Statement for Military Occupational Structure Identification - 00369 Special Forces Operator

A-MD-154-000/FP-000 - Appendix 1, Annex D

MOSID  00369 - Special Forces Operator (SF OP)

General Duties:

SF OPs are required to infiltrate and exfiltrate to and from operational areas dismounted carrying heavy loads and manipulating personal and support weapons systems and other heavy equipment. SF OPs perform insertions and assaults on targets by

  • parachuting onto ground or into water,
  • climbing ladders and cliffs,
  • rappelling,
  • conducting close-quarters battle (CQB) and
  • battle drills in varying types of terrain and climatic conditions day or night.

SF OPs are also required to board ocean vessels while they are underway from another floating or airborne platform in all sea states day or night, and where speed and stealth are imperative. These duties are performed while wearing heavy rucksack and body armour. SF OPs perform individual close-quarters battle (ICQB) and detainee handling which may require the member to

  • combat and detain another person using blocking strikes,
  • disarming,
  • lifting,
  • pulling,
  • ground fighting,
  • grappling, and
  • moving a non-compliant person.

There is no tolerance for a lapse in attention when conducting CQB and other assaults while wearing night vision goggles as well as Special Operations Insertion and Extraction (SOIE) techniques. Accurate discrimination of non-combatants and precision engagement of enemy combatants requires extreme concentration. Similarly, high-risk roped and un-roped insertions with no redundant safety systems require constant attention. SF OPs require the ability for continuous analysis of the situation, environment, mission aims and unique foreign societal complexities during operations.

MOSID Related Duties

Circle the X for each task that Mbr is UNABLE or UNFIT to perform.

1. Perform any combination of individual field movements (walk, run, roll, crawl, monkey run) equipped with assault gear, PPE (26 kg) and rucksack (30 kg), cross-country for up to 12 hours.   X X X X X X
2. Shuffle (jog) wearing full assault gear, PPE and rucksack up to 50 m for up to 1 hour (this is similar to Gen Task Stmt: Must be able to carry sandbags weighing 20 kg over a distance of 50 m for a period of 10 min.). X X X X X X
3. Conduct close quarter fighting, including hand to hand combat, wearing assault gear and PPE (26 kg) for up to 2 hours.       X X X X
4. March and navigate with assault gear, PPE and full rucksack across rough terrain for long distances (14 to 80 km).     X X X X X
5. Cope with the physical and mental stress of conducting prolonged operations in an isolated, politically unstable or high risk environment while immersed in an indigenous culture. X X X X X X X
6. Swim in water for 200m wearing assault gear using floatation devices or using rope bridges    X X X X X X
7. Locate and move a casualty weighing 90kg and drag 100m wearing assault gear and PPE.      X X X X X
8. Dig trenches, construct defensive obstacles for up to 12 hrs (digging, sandbagging, operating power tools, carrying heavy lds).   X X X   X  
9. Conduct parachute operations day or night over water and all types of terrain.   X X X X X X
10. Climb on and jump off vehicles and low- hovering helicopters 1.5 m, wearing assault gear, PPE and full rucksack.    X X X X X X
11. Work from high levels, building roofs, ladders and cliff edges.     X X X X X
12. Remain alert 20 hours a day under combat conditions.   X X X X X X
13. Conduct tasks in low/no light conditions, extreme weather, and high seas wearing night vision for up to 10 hours.   X X X X X X
14. Work in confined spaces.       X X X X
15. Handle weapons and ammunition up to 57kg. X X X X X X X
16. Work for extended periods wearing varying levels of PPE.  X  X  X X X X
17. Conduct waterborne patrols in all weather for up to 10 hours in light open boats.    X  X X X X X
18. Endure high noise, vibration and heat inherent in A/C operations.  X  X X X X X X
19. Subdue , restrain and move non-complaint and violent personnel.    X X X X X X
20. Climb and walk in mountainous and avalanche terrain using snowshoes, skis and crampons. X X X X X X X
21. Make decisions rapidly and give orders clearly under all conditions. X X X X X X X
22. Cope with the mental stress of maintaining a 24/7 readiness state. X X X X X X X
23. Drive AFV and SMP vehicles cross-country in low/no light conditions for periods up to 20 hours. X X X X X X X
24. Conduct hoisting/rappelling action from helicopters over sea and all types of terrain.   X X X X X X


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