London, Great Britain—The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering lowering the Special Forces entry requirements to give women a better chance at succeeding.
The nature of the SAS and SBS selection process, requiring extreme upper body fitness, amongst others, is thought by some to be discriminating towards women, who naturally have smaller body frames and muscular mass.
The MoD, thus, is considering allowing women to carry lighter loads and have more time to complete the marches. But the MoD is only considering these changes for the initial selection phase.
The SAS and SBS ran a common selection course at Brecon Beacons in Wales. Those who wish to join the ranks of Britain’s elite must first pass the basic army physical test. Thereafter, the physical nightmare begins. Aspirants must complete long ruck-marches, with loads weighing up to 60lbs, through the ankle-twisting Welsh hills.