April 6, 2018

SFAB roadshow visits NTC

By Jason Miller
NTC / Fort Irwin PAO
(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Tatum, 50th Public Affairs Detachment, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs)
A local Afghan commander talks to combat advisor team from 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade about improving security, Jan. 15, 2018, as part of the Joint Readiness Training Center, at Fort Polk, Louisiana as they ready for deployment in spring 2018. The JRTC rotation is being conducted in order to prepare the newly formed 1st SFAB for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in the spring of 2018. Security Force Assistance Brigades are new formations specially trained and built to enable combatant commanders to accomplish theater security objectives by Training –Advising –Assisting –Accompanying –Enabling allied and partnered indigenous security forces.

FORT IRWIN, Calif. ­— Soldiers from across the National Training Center gathered at the post theater last month to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB).

The SFAB recruiting team discussed the important mission of advising and assisting partner nations.

Sgt. Maj. Matthew Quick, SFAB recruiting and retention sergeant major, said SFABs were created as a solution to a constant Army requirement.

“The SFABs will allow the Army to increase readiness. Instead of breaking brigades apart to do these missions, we actually have a unit now to do these missions,” said Quick. “So these units will actually train, advise, assist, enable and accompany what [brigade combat teams] are doing right now.”

The SFAB is a volunteer-based unit. Selected Soldiers who meet the requirements will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia to conduct a two-day assessment.  Soldiers who are specialist-promotable, who can score a 240 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, have a secret clearance and no derogatory information in records can be eligible to volunteer.

Quick said there are benefits that come with volunteering for this important mission.

“Once you pass the Military Advisor Training Academy, you will get a skills identifier of three,” he said. “That’s big for promotion purposes. On top of that, you will get a $5,000 bonus, extra pay per month, and, if you’re a specialist-promotable, you will receive an automatic promotion to E5.”

Soldiers who are interested in volunteering for the SFAB should speak with their chain of command and branch managers.

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