United Kingdom Special Forces Selection

United Kingdom Special Forces Selection

United Kingdom Special Forces Selection

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United Kingdom Special Forces Selection is the selection and training process for members of the United Kingdom's three Special Forces formations: Special Air Service, Special Boat Service, and Special Reconnaissance Regiment. Members of the SAS and SBS undergo common selection up to the award of a sand-coloured beret to SAS Troopers whereupon SBS candidates undergo further selection to qualify as Swimmer Canoeists and SAS personnel undergo further specialist training. The Selection process for the SRR is not known.

Until the late 1990s candidates for the SAS and SBS underwent selection under the auspices of the prospective unit, the merger created efficiencies and encouraged a greater degree of interoperability between the units.

Selection is reported to be the most demanding military training course in the World with a reported pass rate of less than 10%. It is a test of strength, endurance, and resolve over the Brecon Beacons and Elan Valley in Wales, and in the jungle of Brunei, taking around 6 months to complete.

Selection is held twice a year regardless of conditions. Personnel must have a level of prior regular or reserve military experience (unless joining UKSFR) and for regulars must have at least 39 months of service remaining on completion of selection as well as not exceeding 32 years of age. Candidates are limited to a maximum of two attempts with personnel failing being Returned to Unit.

Selection is broken down into a number of phases,...
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