U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
SECURITY FORCES CAREER FIELD
The Security Forces (SF) Career Field performs force protection duties. SF duties require the use of force, up to and including the use of deadly force. SF duties ensure combat capability through the functions of installation security, nuclear and conventional weapon systems and resources security, air base defense, law enforcement, information security, military working dog activities, and combat arms training and maintenance. Security Forces participate in contingency operations. Personnel in this career field will be deployed and employed in sensitive or hostile environments created by terrorism, sabotage, nuclear, chemical, biological, or conventional warfare. Security Force members perform the military police function within the Air Force.
1. Specialty Summary. Leads, manages, supervises, and performs security force (SF) activities, including installation, weapon system, and resource security; antiterrorism; law enforcement and investigations; military working dog function; air base defense; armament and equipment; training; pass and registration; information security; and combat arms. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 107000.
2. Duties and Responsibilities:
2.1. Leads, manages, supervises, and performs force protection duties, including use of deadly force to protect personnel and resources. Protects nuclear and conventional weapons systems and other resources. Performs air base defense functions contributing to the force protection mission. Controls and secures terrain inside and outside military installations. Defends personnel, equipment, and resources from hostile forces. Operates in various field environments, performs individual, and team patrol movements, both mounted and dismounted, tactical drills, battle procedures, convoys, military operations other than war, antiterrorism duties, and other special duties. Operates communications equipment, vehicles, intrusion detection equipment, crew-served weapons, and other special purpose equipment. Applies self-aid buddy care, life saving procedures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as first responder to accident and disaster scenes.
2.2. Provides armed response and controls entry. Detects and reports presence of unauthorized personnel and activities. Implements security reporting and alerting system. Enforces standards of conduct, discipline, and adherence to laws and directives. Directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Investigates motor vehicle accidents, minor crimes, and incidents. Operates speed measuring, drug and alcohol, and breath test devices. Apprehends and detains suspects. Searches persons and property. Secures crime and incident scenes. Collects, seizes, and preserves evidence. Conducts interviews of witnesses and suspects. Obtains statements and testifies in official judicial proceedings. Responds to disaster and relief operations. Participates in contingencies.
2.3. Develops plans, policies, procedures, and detailed instructions to implement SF programs. Plans, organizes, and schedules SF activities. Provides oversight, guidance, and assistance to commanders with the application of information, personnel, and industrial security programs. Operates pass and registration activities. Supervises and trains SF augmentees. Provides on-scene supervision for security forces. Inspects and evaluates effectiveness of SF personnel and activities. Analyzes reports and statistics.
2.4. Provides guidance on employment and utilization of military working dog teams. Ensures proficiency training and certification standards are maintained. Employs military working dogs to support worldwide security force operations and executive agency requirements. Ensures health and welfare of military working dogs. Trains handlers and military working dogs on all aspects of military working dog training. Acts as an intruder in dog bite and hold training. Reports and reacts to dog alerts. Maintains dog training and usage records. Responsible for storage, handling, and security of drug and explosive training aids.
2.5. Leads, manages, supervises, and implements ground weapons training programs. Operates SF armories. Controls and safeguards arms, ammunition, and equipment. Instructs ground weapons qualification training. Provides guidance on weapons placement to security forces and ground defense force commanders. Inspects ground weapons and replaces unserviceable parts. Analyzes malfunctions by inspection and serviceability testing. Uses precision gauges, testing instruments, and special tools to adjust parts and operating mechanisms. Function-fires weapons for accuracy and serviceability. Controls and operates firing ranges and associated facilities to include supervising construction and rehabilitation.
3. Specialty Qualifications:
3.1. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: Weaponry, laws, directives, programs, policies, and procedures governing SF activities; installation security; weapon system and resource security; anti-terrorism; law enforcement and investigations; military working dog function; air base defense; armament and equipment; training; pass and registration; information security; and combat arms.
3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in government, behavioral science, computer, and communicative skills is desirable.
3.3. Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3.3.1. 3P031. Completion of the security forces (SF) apprentice course.
3.3.2. 3P0X1A. Completion of the military working dog handler course.
3.3.3. 3P0X1B. Completion of the basic combat arms course.
3.3.4. 3P071. Completion of the advanced 7-skill level Security Forces course.
3.4. Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3.4.1. 3P051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3P031. Also, experience in SF functions such as weaponry; controlling entry into and providing internal control within installations and restricted areas; response force tactics; air base defense concepts and procedures; terrorist threat response techniques; alarm monitor duties; control center duties; traffic control; patrolling; or accident investigation.
3.4.2. 3P051A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3P031A. Also, experience in functions such as SF weaponry, maintaining dog handling equipment, caring for and training military working dogs, and reacting to dog alerts.
3.4.3. 3P051B. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3P031B. Also, experience in functions such as classroom instruction, marksmanship fundamentals and techniques, weapons and range safety, subdepot level firearm maintenance and repair, range operations and safety criteria, or controlling and storing weapons and ammunition.
3.4.4. 3P071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3P051/A/B. Also, experience supervising or performing functions such as weapon systems and resource security, air base defense, law enforcement, military working dog functions, or combat arms functions.
3.4.5. 3P091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3P071. Also, experience in leading and directing SF activities.
3.5. Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:
3.5.1. For entry into this specialty:
22.214.171.124. Normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.
126.96.36.199. See attachment 4 for additional entry requirements.
188.8.131.52. For entry into 3P0X1A/B, qualification in and possession of 3P031/51.
3.5.2. For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs:
184.108.40.206. No recorded evidence of personality disorder.
220.127.116.11. Visual acuity correctable to 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other.
18.104.22.168. Qualification to bear firearms according to AFI 31-207, Arming and Use of Force by Air Force Personnel.
22.214.171.124. Never been convicted by a general, special, or summary courts-martial.
126.96.36.199. Never received nonjudicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which resulted in either reduction or suspended reduction in grade, or correctional custody for offenses involving substantiated drug abuse as defined in AFI 36-2701, Social Actions Program, acts of larceny, wrongful appropriation, robbery, burglary, housebreaking, or misconduct in combat defined in UCMJ articles 99-106.
188.8.131.52. Never been convicted by a civilian court of a Category 1, 2, or 3 offense, nor exceeded the accepted number of Category 4 offenses. Category 3 and 4 traffic offenses alone are not disqualifying. NOTE: Categories of offenses are described and listed in AFI 36-2002, Regular Air Force and Special Category Accession, Uniform Guide List of Typical Offenses.
184.108.40.206. Ability to speak distinctly.
220.127.116.11. Individuals who have had their spleen removed are not eligible for assignment to the military working dog program or any dog functions.
18.104.22.168. Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment. For award and retention of AFSCs 3P0XX, completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit (NACLC) according to AFI 31 501, Personnel Security Program Management.
NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a completed NACLC is authorized provided an interim NACLC has been granted according to AFI 31-501.