The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) — known informally as SWCS (pronounced “Swick”) — trains United States Army personnel for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Army Special Operation Forces (ARSOF), which includes Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations personnel. According to its mission statement, its purpose is to recruit, assess, select, train and educate the U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces Soldiers by providing superior training and education, relevant doctrine, effective career management and an integrated force-development capability.
The school began in 1951 as the Psychological Warfare division of the Army General School at Fort Riley, Kansas. The Army’s Psychological Warfare Center was created at Fort Bragg in May 1952 and the following month the school was co-located as the Psychological Warfare School. The center was proposed by the Army’s then Psychological Warfare Chief, Robert A. McClure, to provide doctrinal support and training for both psychological and conventional warfare.
The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg, N.C. manages and resources professional growth for Soldiers in the Army’s three distinct special-operations branches: Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support. The soldiers educated through SWCS programs are using cultural expertise and unconventional techniques to serve their country in far-flung areas across the globe. More than anything, these soldiers bring integrity, adaptability and regional expertise to their assignments.
Special operations forces (SOF) training is grounded in the SOF Truths: