Only those mentally and physically tough enough will pass Australian SAS Selection. This course is more than just yomping, tabbing or humping a heavy pack whilst navigating from checkpoint to checkpoint, it also requires you to demonstrate leadership, courage, determination and a lot of lateral thinking.
To be eligible for selection you must first pass a 3 day barrier or pre-selection course that involves a series of written tests, navigation, fitness, confidence activities, memory tests and a timed pack march.
Once on SAS selection the duration is 21 days of never knowing what is around the corner. This in itself is enough to screw with some soldiers’ minds that generates doubt, quickly leading them to talking themselves into voluntary withdrawing from the selection process.
Numbers attending differ from year to year which can be anything from 140-170 candidates, most of these drop out within the first week! I wish I knew what was going on in some of these blokes minds when they turn up for selection unprepared. I’m sure they think it is going to be easy!!
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fubar The Israeli Sayeret Matkal has a similar test called the "Beret March", a 150 km/93 mile march.
A timed 165km land nav aka 102.5 miles!!!! That makes the Brits SAS and our Delta element's 40 miler look sad....these guys are freakin inhuman. Time to start looking for training tips with these studs!
ExEODSapper If you mean the British SAS then yes I have heard of the deaths during Selection and also how harsh the breacon beacons are especially during winter. The fact is I haven't witnessed myself or seen 22nd SAS selection on TV like the SASR one. I do agree the 22nd SAS Selection is darn hard especially due to the area ,also to add that even though I am an Indian , the 22nd SAS is and will always my favorite SF unit. When I did see the SASR selection documentary, I almost peed my pants. It seems US SOCOM,SASR, UKSF blokes are at a different level.
Grigori Much harder? You do know several people have dies during SAS selection? The area they do the training is no joke...
Dear Rob, I just wanted to let you know that the book arrived yesterday and you are awesome! One note; you crazy Kiwi! I wanted you to keep the change and buy yourself a couple as I would have done for you if I was there! Glad your home ok! When I get down there (checking off my bucket list, we go after some tarr and crack a couple of brown bottles!) take care, Rich