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Eligibility

Who we support

Children of the fallen, including children of all Medal of Honor Recipients, Severely Wounded Special Operations Personnel, and Active-Duty Members who lose a spouse.

SURVIVING CHILDREN OF THE FOLLOWING SERVICE MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE:

ARMY

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Special Forces (Green Berets)
Rangers
Special Operations Aviators
Civil Affairs Soldiers
Psychological Operations Units
Training Cadre
Sustainment Soldiers

navy

Navy special warfare Command

Sea, Air, Land (SEALs)
Special Warfare Combatant Craft (SWCC) Crew
Enablers

AIR FORCE

Air Force
SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Special Tactics
Special Operations Aviators
Support Air Commandos

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Critical Skills Operators/ Special Operations Officers
Special Operations Capabilities Specialists
Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsmen
Combat Service Support Specialists

All active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel (special operators, support personnel, and enablers) assigned to, or under command relationship with, a unit under United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) who die in line of duty.

All Reserve and National Guard personnel assigned to a SOCOM unit who die in the line of duty while participating in training, drill, active duty, as well as the following: while attending Joint Professional Military Education, fellowships, advanced service schools, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military, when assigned to a SOCOM unit-directed Joint, Service, Inter-Agency, staff or when assigned to Service Instructor duties that support SOF training.

All Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

Children of ALL service members awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor are eligible for SOWF programs.

SURVIVING CHILDREN REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Naturally born children of the deceased SOCOM service member.
  2. All legally adopted children of the deceased SOCOM service member. This includes children that may have been in the process of being adopted at the time of the service member’s death. 
  3. All step-children of the deceased SOF member, who were living with and financially dependent upon the deceased SOCOM member. 
  4. Children conceived but not yet born. 
  5. Eligibility begins at the date of the service members death. Children are eligible until age 33. 

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact our Scholarships & Family Outreach Team at scholarships@specialops.org