Ok, I know this sounds like a completely noob question, but I'll rely on my posting history to bail me out from that type of stereotyping. Here goes: If one were to enlist into the US Army (either Active Duty or NG) and was absolutely tops in Basic and every other school/training/class they attended, what would the minimum amount of time they spent prior to earning their Airborne and SF patches and associated headgear? Also, how would one sign on to go SF? Is it a direct enlistment option or something one stumbles into after signing up for and completing Ranger school? Basically I am interested in joining the NG here in Washington State (Ft. Lewis) and am very interested in the SF thing. Any factual information that you can provide will be very helpful. And yes, I most certainly intend on contacting a recruiter in the near future. I just want to do my homework ahead of time and know as much about what to expect in the process as possible. Also, I am not concerned about the whole "drive" and "desire" aspect of a good recruit. I understand completely what the physical, mental and emotional requirements are. Thanks for the info!