section contains the Membership Guidelines for joining the
Special Forces Association and a downloadable Membership
Please join the SFA through Chapter 92. This will automatically
make you a member of the chapter and we get to keep $9.00
of your membership fee up front. Otherwise we have to apply
to them to get the $9.00.
Send the completed application and the supporting documents
with a check for $40 made out to "SFA Chapter 92"
Treasurer, SFA Ch. 92
240 County Road 1285
Vinemont, AL 35179
Applicants for membership in the Special Forces Association
must provide supporting documentation to prove eligibility.
The documentation provided should leave no doubt as to the
applicant’s eligibility to avoid delays in processing.
Applications received without documentation will be returned
For Decade and General Members: Supporting documents must
accompany all applications submitted which provide undeniable
proof of Special Forces qualification. Examples of documents
include the DD-214, Graduation Certificate from SFQC/SFOC,
orders assigning a SF MOS, and SF Tab orders. Form 20, ERB,
or ORB demonstrating assignment history is recommended for
Decade member applicants. More than one document substantiating
qualification is recommended. Simply being assigned to a
Special Forces coded position does not denote SF qualification.
In some rare instances from the Vietnam era, proof of qualification
may be difficult to obtain. The SFA can assist potential
applicants in submitting for the awarding of a Special Forces
Tab which will prove eligibility. The Special Forces Proponency
office at Ft. Bragg reviews historical documents and documents
provided by applicants to determines if personnel are eligible
for awarding of the SF Tab based on AR 600-8-22 which states:
The SF Tab may be awarded retroactively to all personnel
who performed the following wartime service.
1. From 1942 through 1973. Served with a Special Forces
unit during wartime and were either unable to or not required
to attend a formal program of instruction but were awarded
SQI “S”, “3?, or “5G” by competent
2. Prior to 1954. The SF Tab may be awarded prior to 1955
for at least 120 consecutive days in one of the following
1st Special Service Force, August 1942 to December 1944.
b. OSS Detachment 101, April 1942 to September 1945.
c. OSS Jedburgh Detachments, May 1944 to May 1945.
d. OSS Operational Groups, May 1944 to May 1945.
e. OSS Maritime Unit, April 1942 to September 1945.
f. 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit (Alamo Scouts),
February 1944 to September 1945.
g. 8240th Army Unit, June 1950 to July 1953.
3. From 1954 through 1975. Any company grade officer or
enlisted member awarded the CIB or CMB while serving for
at least 120 consecutive days in one of the following type
a. SF Operational Detachment-A (A–Team).
b. Mobile Strike Force.
c. SF Reconnaissance Team.
d. SF Special Project Unit.
For Associate Members: Applicants for Associate Membership
must have served for at least two years with an SF unit,
served in a combat zone with SF for at least six months,
or have contributed in a unique and definable way if the
time periods are not met. Supporting documents must accompany
all applications submitted demonstrating the assignment
of the applicant and his significant contribution to the
SF mission. Examples of assignment proof include the Form
20, ERB, ORB, or assignment orders to a Special Forces Unit
or operation in direct support of Special Forces Operations.
Additionally, the applicant must submit two letters of recommendation
from SF/SFA members who have first hand knowledge of the
applicant’s significant contribution.