Weather forecasting and scientifically studying the atmosphere can be tricky. Meteorologists on television get paid $100 grand per year and they don’t even have to be right! However, combat meteorology is far different.
Accurate weather observations in hostile, unknown enemy territory are critical to mission strategy and success and the United States military has the world’s best combat meteorologists: the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Weather Team!
SOWT (sow-tee) are an elite unit who gather, assess and interpret environmental & terrain data and forecast the operational impacts.
These Air Commando Weathermen undergo 8-months of grueling training and only a few make the final cut.
From new recruit to SOWT:
Basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. 30 weeks Air Force Weather Course at Keesler AFB in Missouri. Jump training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Survival school & hand-to-hand combat at Fairchild AFB, Washington. The intense Journeyman Apprentice Course at Pope Field, NC, then you’re finally assigned to a Squadron.
Look out for the pewter grey berets and SOWT beret flash. Military lives often depend on knowing the weather.
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Weather Team! (SOWT)