The mission of the SFAB is to carry out train, advise, and assist (TAA) missions overseas with foreign nation military partners. SFABs are the United States Army's permanent and dedicated structures specially trained in how to act in a combat advisory role, with the exception of Special Forces. Training will include language training, culture training, foreign weapons training and advanced medical training, among other topics. All soldiers in SFAB units are graduates of the MATA and receive advanced training on foreign weapon systems, driving, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), and advanced medicine.
Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) are specialized United States Army units whose core mission is to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations. These units are composed primarily of non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers selected from units and trained at the Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA) at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFABs improve on the Army's ad-hoc solutions, which relied heavily on conventionally-organized Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) for the last 17 years. SFABs allow the Army to reduce, over time, the demand for conventional BCTs for combat advising. This will allow BCTs to focus on readiness for warfighting against near-peer threats.