AF Survival School

U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School, 2.5 weeks, Fairchild AFB, WA.
This course teaches basic survival techniques for remote areas–using minimal equipment. This includes instruction of principles, procedures, equipment, and techniques, which enable individuals to survive, regardless of climatic conditions or unfriendly environments, and return home.

336th Training Group (SERE School) CAC Access needed
S-V80-A_S-V80-B_Student_Handout_Current (PDF)
SERE_Equipment_List_current (PDF)
S-V80-A_Student_Schedule-Current (PDF)
SERE Pre-Clearance SF600-current (PDF)


PRIOR TO DEPARTING YOUR BASE (Current As of 1 Jun 2017):

  • New Student Handout posted 14 Nov 13 (make sure you have the most current version). 
  • Effective 22 Nov 13 – New Schedule Available:
  •      — Monday, Day 1  Course Start Time is 0645hours.
  • Prior to departure for any SERE course you must be seen by your Primary Care Manager for a SERE Medical/Psychological clearance.  Please print out the  clearance form from attachment SERE Medical Clearance SF600) and take with you to your Primary Care Manager.  Click on the  SERE Medical Clearance Letter link for all the medical requirements needed prior to attending any course.  You do not need your entire medical record a copy of the required forms in the letter are applicable.
  • Ensure you can endure austere training environments, extreme weather conditions, and carrying of pack weighing 60+ Lbs.
  • You must have the proper security clearance. (MEANS: You must have the proper security clearance and Non-Disclosure Agreement on file in Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to arriving)
  • Realize that transportation on the base is very limited. The Survival School is a tenant unit and is somewhat removed from the main base. Unless you have access to your own transportation (i.e. rental car), you will be eating the majority of your meals in the Air Force Dining Facility.
  • Realize that use of tobacco products is not authorized during the duty day.
  • Have your personal affairs in order prior to arriving. This course is 19 days, straight through. No weekends or days off.
  • Travel arrangements should be made with the knowledge that training concludes on DAY 19 at approximately 1800. Do not schedule your departure from Spokane sooner than 2200 on graduation day. Those attending follow-on training (S-V80-B, S-V90-A, S-V83-A, S-V84-A, and S-V88-AF, or S-V94-C) here at Fairchild AFB may want to call or check the web page for those individual courses to get more information.
  • Again, review the COURSE EQUIPMENT LIST.
  • Effective immediately, students may NOT bring cell phones (or like items) into the SERE Academic building (Bud Day Bldg); leave them in your billeting room or vehicle, there is NO storage within the foyer.
  • Effective immediately, for ALL SERE Courses on FAFB:
  • TDY students WILL NOT be able to receive any packages or mail that must be signed for (i.e. certified mail) while attending any SERE courses at Fairchild AFB.
  • Any such items will be returned to sender as undeliverable…NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • In addition: Pipeline Students WILL NOT forward mail to Fairchild AFB.  If forwarding mail is required by the student, it must be to their IQT or permanent base.  Forwarded mail will be returned to sender.



TITLE:  SERE Training


PDS:  ERR DATE ADDED:  1/21/1999
AFSC:  DATE UPDATED:  5/10/2017
LOCATION:  Fairchild AFB (Flying)
LENGTH:  19 calendar days
ORG/PGM:  Air Education and Training Command / SERE Training




Course Description:
Train aircrew and other designated personnel in employment of principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment that enhance survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) prospects, regardless of climatic conditions or hostile environments. Its objective is to facilitate their return with honor to friendly forces without rendering aid or comfort to an enemy, with or without organized recovery.


Admin Instructions:
A. Orders Preparation:  
1. Content.  Specify in orders: title and duration of course, class number, reporting date, fund citation, and security clearance.  Government messing and billeting are available, however, students will be under field conditions on days 7-11, and 16-17 of the course.  For these days, all meals are provided and dual lodging is authorized.2.  DTS Orders preparation. 3. Distribution.  Student should hand-carry 10 copies of orders.  In all cases where AETC operations training funds are cited, a copy of the orders must be sent to DAO-DE AETC/FA, 550 C Street West Suite 49, Randolph AFB TX 78150-4751. 4. For updated status of training for all SERE courses, call the 336 TRG Student Administration office’s 24-hour call-in number at DSN 657-5819, or Commercial (509) 247-5819.B. Medical Requirements:1.  The SERE Medical/Psychological Pre-clearance is a vital process to ensure that students can withstand the mental and physical rigors of the following SERE Training Courses: S-V80-A, S-V80-B, S-V81-A, and S-V94-C.


2.  Each student attending any of the above classes must be physically evaluated by their Primary Care Manager (PCM) or Flight Surgeon (FS) in order to complete the SF 600 -Pre-Clearance form.  Only conducting a medical records review is not adequate.


3.  Hand carrying a medical record is NOT required (exception SERE Candidates (S-V81-A).  Students must have a CURRENT copy of the following items:

–          DD Form 2766 – Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flow sheet

–          (Flyers Only) – DD Form 2992 – Medical Recommendation for Flying or Special Operational Duty – Must be CURRENT

–          SF600, SERE Medical/Psychological Pre-Clearance form

–     IAW AETCI 36-2205, Vol 11, students selected to attend SERE training coursed must hand-carry proof they achieved an AF physical fitness score of 75 or higher to be allowed to enter training.

–     Students who report for SERE Training without current Satisfactory score or higher IAW Fitness Program, AFI 36-2905, will be immediately returned to home unit.


**This must be OUR form from the website below OR may also be a print out of the AHLTA SERE Clearance template (under templates type in Fairchild AFB Survival/SERE use THIS ONE ONLY)


**You must first log into the AF Portal using your pin.  Follow the link below to access the SF600, SERE Medical Pre-Clearance for SERE Training form.

4.  The above medical documentation must accompany the student upon their arrival to Fairchild.  Students who do not have the above forms by Tuesday by 1500 for S-V80-A will be removed from training and sent home at the expense of the member’s home station.  If the forms do not accompany the member they may be faxed to DSN: 657-3543 or COMM: (509)247-3543.

5.  Absolute disqualifiers are pregnancy, current or pending enrollment in ADAPT, any/all psychotropic medications, Duty Limited Conditions/Profiles, and current Family Advocacy/Mental Health issues are potentially disqualifying. Contact DSN 657-8938 for further guidance.

6.  Personnel must be carefully screened for emotional and physical fitness before selection, to ensure successful, safe completion of these demanding courses.


7.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the SERE Medical Flight at DSN 657-5414 or COMM (509) 247-5414.


C. Note:

1.  Class graduates on Friday.  Airline departure reservations should not be made for flights leaving earlier than 2000 on graduation day.

2. All students graduating from S-V80-A will adhere to the 336 TRG/CC policy when traveling via POV.  Students who perform 4 or more hours of duty, or cannot depart prior to 1300 hours on the day of course completion will NOT depart Fairchild AFB, WA until 0600 hours the next calendar day.

3.  Students WILL NOT be able to receive any packages or mail that must be signed for (i.e. certified mail) while attending any SERE courses at Fairchild AFB.  Any such items will be returned to sender as undeliverable..NO EXCEPTIONS.

4.  Pipeline students WILL NOT forward mail to Fairchild AFB.  If necessary, students should forward mail to their IQT location or permanent base.  Forwarded mail will be returned to sender.


Equipment Required:
See the SERE Course Equipment List located on SERE School Web Page

Select “S-V80-A Course Information” and “SERE Course Equipment List”.


Office of Primary Responsibility:
HQ AETC/A3ZS DSN 487-9631 Comm (210) 652-9631.  For specific school questions, contact the SERE School Student Administrative Section, DSN 657-5422, Commercial, 509-247-5422.


Quota Control:
HQ AETC/A3RADSN 487-9551 or 487-9588

Commercial:  (210) 652-9551 or (210) 652-9588

Note to MPFs and TRQI Managers:

1.  When possible, students attending both S-V80-A and S-V80-B should attend S-V80-B on the Friday immediately prior to beginning S-V80-A (Monday).  S-V80-B is required when students will also attend S-V86-A, Water Survival, Parachuting (NAS Pensacola, FL).  S-V86-A is specifically for aircrew members whose primary means of egress is the emergency parachute.

2.  S-V90-A is conducted Thursday-Friday. When a student is scheduled for both S-V80-A and S-V90-A, schedule S-V90-A on the Thursday before S-V80-A starts (when possible).

3.  Due to limited availability of class seats, MPFs and TRQI managers must ensure training is allocated to First Priority personnel IAW AFI 16-1301 prior to requesting or assigning a Training Line Number for this course.


Reporting Instructions (Supplemental):
1.  Students report to the SERE School Complex, Bldg 1252, Fairchild AFB WA, NET 1200 and NLT 2400, on Sunday before Monday class start date, unless also attending S-V80-B or S-V90-A.

2.  Students are attached to 336 TRG, Fairchild AFB WA 99011.
3.  Students pick up school information handout Student Administration Lobby.
4.  In accordance with PFT, class starts weekly on Monday.  
5.  Stars and Stripes Shuttle service is available to and from Spokane International Airport.  Call 509-244-0730 to use the shuttle service, or use available taxi service to and from Spokane International Airport.  Travelers should be prepared to defray cost of commercial taxi to and from airport.  Cost is approximately $35 each way.  Travelers should read updated information in airport travel plaza area.

6.  Student Administration makes billeting reservations for students.  Automated teller machines and checking facilities are available.  It is highly suggested that students bring enough funds to cover per diem, billeting, taxi, etc., as well as other personal and unexpected costs.

7.  Students will report with the mandatory clothing and equipment allowances.  The list of all mandatory clothing and equipment items can be found in the 336 Training Group Homepage:

8.   Weather conditions.  Courses are subject to cancellation or delay due to adverse weather.  Students can obtain current updates on the status of training by calling the 336 TRG Student Administration office’s 24-hour call-in number at DSN 657-5819 or Commercial (509) 247-5819.



Security Requirements:
A SECRET security clearance with a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement (NdA) on file in JPAS is required to attend S-V80-A. This policy is not waiverable.  The 336 TRSS/CC may authorize to grant an ‘Interim SECRET clearance’ for the period of training, for those members that have an ‘open investigation’ identified in JPAS IAW AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management, Para. 3.11.2. (Please call Mr. Matthew Bronson, 336 TRSS/OSFA, DSN 657-5323 for further clarification if unsure of eligibility from the 336 TRSS perspective).   Members must contact their Unit Security Managers to determine current status of security clearances.  Members arriving without either a SECRET clearance (to include NdA on file) or a valid “open investigation” with OPM or DSS will be sent back to their units.  Additionally, students with “Loss of Jurisdiction”, “Pending Due Process” or an ongoing Statement of Reason (SOR) will be sent back to their units.  Address further questions concerning security clearance matters to Mr. Matthew Bronson, 336 TRSS/OSFA DSN 657-5323.

Cell phones are prohibited in the Bud Day Academic Facility Bldg 1256 (SERE School). DO NOT bring cell phones or other electronic devices to class while attending S-V80A or S-V88.

CELL PHONES Per DoDD 8100.2, 4.2 (14 Apr 04) Cellular/PCS and or other RF or Infrared (IR) wireless devices shall not be allowed in an area where classified information is discussed or processed. According to AFI 31-401, 5.1. (Information Security Management -19 Aug 09) Air Force Personnel are responsible for safeguarding classified information for which they have access.



Selection Process:
1.  Personnel are selected for training in accordance with AFI 16-1301.  Training is a one-time requirement.  Personnel who have successfully completed this course or AETC courses S-V81-A or USAFA (SERE) classes, effective with class of 1970 and concluding with class of 1996, are not required to attend again.  All USAFA graduating classes after 2007 will attend S-V80-A in its entirety. A definite need for training should be clearly indicated by the trainee’s present or projected duty assignment.
2.  ECL 80 SR.


Special Notes:
Training is for 19 continuous days.

Students will comply with Air Force physical fitness and weight standards IAW AFI 36-2905.  Students must bring a copy of their current Fitness Assessment indicating a passing score (75 or greater) IAW AFI 36-2905. YOU MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE BEFORE ATTENDING SERE TRAINING. The training is physically rigorous, including long days of walking several miles over rough terrain in all weather conditions while carrying a 50-pound pack.  Students not meeting standards will be sent back to their respective unit.


Waiver Authority:
Submit waiver requests thru HQ AETC/A3FS TO HQ AETC/A3F for approval.


Location Information:
Fairchild AFB (Flying) USAF
Spokane,  WA  99011
DSN 657-5422