THE SERE SPECIALIST
I am an expert in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.
I can survive anywhere in the world and teach others to do the same.
I prove myself by deed and action.
I respect every student and consider their needs before my own.
I will remember that the lives of those I influence rest in my hands and if they fail the failure is mine alone.
I will keep myself in top physical and mental condition.I will never tarnish the honor of fellow SERE instructors, and I accept no less from my peers.
I do these things so they may:
"Return With Honor"
CODE OF CONDUCT
SERE training is intended, above all, to provide students with the skills needed to live up to the US military code of conduct when in uncertain or hostile environments. It is:
- I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.
- I am prepared to give my life in their defence.
- I will never surrender of my own free will.
- If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
- If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available.
- I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape.
- I will accept neither parole nor special favours from the enemy.
- If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners.
- I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades.
- If I am senior I will take command.
- If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
- When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth.
- I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability, I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
- I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
SERE training takes place at four levels:
Level A: Entry level training. These are the Code of Conduct mandatory classes taken by all at induction (recruit training and OCS). All service personnel get this basic training annually.
Level B: For those operating or expected to operate forward of the division rear boundary and up to the forward line of own troops (FLOT). Normally limited to aircrew of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Level B focuses on survival and evasion, with resistance in terms of initial capture.
Level C: For troops at a high risk of capture and whose position, rank or seniority make them vulnerable to greater than average exploitation efforts by any captor. Level C focuses on resistance in terms of prison camps.
Level D: For aircrews, but more recently phased out; what would have been SERE-D students in future undergo SERE-C training at Fairchild.
SERE training is included in the flight school curriculum at Ft. Rucker, Alabama for all Army Flight crews, both commissioned officers and warrant officers. It is the full course of 21 days.
The primary SERE training centre is at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; training for Level "B" medical aircrew was conducted at Brooks City-Base, Texas until the planned course closure 30 September 2009. The Air Force conducts arctic survival training at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and parachute water survival training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
SERE training was also conducted at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from the late 1960s until 1995, enabling those USAF officers commissioned through USAFA to exempt USAF SERE training at Fairchild AFB following undergraduate pilot or navigator training. In contrast, those USAF officers commissioned through AFROTC or OTS still had to complete SERE at Farichild following flight training. In 1995, the resistance/escape element of the course at USAFA was abolished , leaving the survival and evasion classes in a program called Combat Survival Training (CST). The academy discontinued CST entirely in 2005, but has more recently announced the reinstatement of the program, including some portions of resistance training, in summer 2008. Now, all USAFA graduates selected for pilot, air battle manager, or navigator training must complete SERE training at Fairchild after receiving their wings, along with their AFROTC and OTS graduate counterparts
Level A: Taught to recruits and candidates in Officer Candidate School and the Recruit Depots, or under professional military education.
Level B: Taught at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California, and at the North Training Area, Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Level C: Held at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine at the Navy Remote Training Site, Rangeley, and at Naval Air Station North Island, California at the Navy Remote Training Site, Warner Springs. This installation provides 'Code of Conduct' that is necessary for Recon Marines, MARSOC Marines, Navy SEALs, enlisted Navy and Marine Aircrewman, Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers, Naval Flight Surgeons, and Navy SWCC. As the "eyes" and "ears" of the commander, they carry knowledge of sensitive battlefield information.
The training encompasses those basic skills necessary for worldwide survival, facilitating search and rescue efforts, evading capture by hostile forces. It is based on and reinforces the values expressed in the Code of Conduct while maintaining an appropriate balance of sound educational methodology and realistic/stressful training scenarios.
Additional survival training in Level C Code of Conduct may include the five-day Peacetime Detention and Hostage Survival (PDAHS) course. This training provides the skills to survive captivity by a hostile government or terrorist cell during peacetime.
British Forces Training
In the United Kingdom, SERE is an acronym for Survive, Evade, Resist and Extract. At a basic level this is core aspect of training for all UK Regular Army personnel and is tested as part of their Military Annual Training Tests [MATTs]. The UK SERE School is based at RAF St Mawgan.