I am not sure to what he was referring, but to be Special Forces you have to be airborne qualified (which is what paratroopers are), but just being airborne qualified is not enough to get you the green beret. Another interesting tidbit that is sort of related. A soldier can be Ranger qualified and not airborne qualified. They will have a differant designator in their MOS than an airborne ranger qualified person. No, I will not post the designators on this post or their order for future wannabee's sorry.