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!!