Air Force Handbook 10-644 Survival Evasion Resistance Escape SERE Operations: 27 March 2017 by Department of the Air Force
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape • Learn To Exist
Instructors and a medical technician tried to save Sturgill with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a defibrillator, the ground accident investigation board found, but he was declared dead on the scene about a half-hour after he was found unresponsive. That exercise is designed to simulate a real-life SERE situation by having SERE specialist candidates complete various tasks by themselves in the wild.
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Investigators: Heat stroke killed airman during SERE training
Combat Survival Training is established to provide aircrews and other designated personnel procedures and techniques in the use of equipment and employment of survival principles. Graduates of the U. About 6, students go through the seven SERE courses each year. Additionally, some intelligence officers and life support technicians may also attend. This school was created during the Vietnam War to prepare Air Force crews that were flying combat missions over Vietnam. As captured American aircrews became Prisoners of War POWs , the school was created to provide crews the skills needed to survive and potentially escape enemy capture in North Vietnam.
Department of Defense civilians , and private military contractors with training in evading capture, survival skills , and the military code of conduct. Established by the U. Marine Corps , and U. Navy and in the late s to the U. Most higher level SERE students are military aircrew and special operations personnel considered to be at high risk of capture.
In the Air Force, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape SERE specialists serve as subject matter experts who train all aircrew personnel and others at risk on how to handle themselves if they're ever caught up in hostile territory. That means teaching airmen from all walks of life a vast array of skills, from how to improvise basic shelter and find sustenance to how to escape active pursuit by the enemy, and to resist coercion if captured. SERE specialists can find themselves assigned to one of six main SERE training detachments across the country, or conducting "refresher" training at any Air Force squadron. But first, they have to make the cut and endure all of the training they'll eventually impart to others. The Air Force Enlisted Classification Manual suggests that high school "courses in speech, education, physical education, biology, botany, anthropology, geology, and geography are desirable" for aspiring SERE instructors. In addition, eligibility for a secret security clearance is required.