How do you join the SAS?

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1 Understand the qualifications of a SAS candidate. Applicants must be males up to 34 years of age who have served in any branch of the British Armed Forces for three years. They should have not less than 39 months of active service remaining. Prime candidates must be in exceptional physical shape, have excellent eyesight and possess advanced swimming skills.

Step2 Apply for selection. The initial induction phase is offered twice a year--winter or summer.

Step3 Attend the initial screening sessions. These consist of a one-day Recruit Interview and are followed by an Induction Weekend. Both of these preliminary sessions present the candidate with mental and physical exercises, and inform them of the rigorous service that is required in the SAS. Candidates must pass the Battle Fitness Test, sign a non-disclosure form, and agree in writing to perform arduous duties. Ten percent of candidates fail at this point.

Step4 Begin the six-month selection process. Do this by attending the first one-month phase in the mountains of southern Wales. Aptitude training is a test of physical endurance and map skills. It involves runs and hikes of continuously longer duration while carrying increasingly heavier weight. The majority of eliminated candidates drop out at this level.

Step5 Move on to the Standard Operational Procedure Training (SOP) in the jungles of either Brunei or Malaysia. Candidates are trained in weapons and fighting techniques. The reality of combat is emphasized with the use of live ammunition and the awareness of friendly fire.

Step6 Complete the last phase of selection in survival training while under pursuit by the enemy. After one week the candidate surrenders and undergoes enemy interrogation and torture. Less than ten percent of the original candidates make it through this segment. After this milestone, candidates are badged as troopers.

Step7 Be assigned to a 12-month probation and specialist courses during Continuation Training. Education is received in parachuting, communications, and general training. Candidates are prepared for their areas of expertise in the Air Troop (free fall), the Boat Troop, the Mobility Troop or the Mountain Troop. SAS troopers and are then ready for active duty in one of four "sabre squadrons." Assignments are on a six-month rotation and can include intelligence, counter-terrorism, domestic security, and training military personnel around the world.

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You will need to be in the Army for a specific amount of time.

Selection Phase 1 - EnduranceThe first phase of selection is known as the endurance, fitness and navigation, or 'the hills' stage. This is the endurance portion of selection and not only tests a candidate's physical fitness, but also their mental stamina. To pass this phase, a high level of determination and self-reliance is vital.

The hills stage lasts 3 weeks and takes place in the Brecon Beacons and Black Hills of South Wales. Candidates have to carry an ever-increasingly-heavy bergen over a series of long timed hikes, navigating between checkpoints. No encouragement or criticism is provided by the supervising staff at the checkpoints. SAS Directing Staff (DS) are fully-badged members of the regiment and leave each candidate to their own devices. This can be a marked contrast from the selectee's experience in their parent units. They would be used to their instructors shouting constant instructions at them, along with encouragement and abuse. The demands of life in a special forces unit require each member to be self-motivated.

The endurance phase culminates with 'the long drag', a 40 mile trek carrying a 55lb bergen, that must be completed in under 24 hours.

Selection Phase 2 - Jungle TrainingThose who have passed stage 1 have to then pass jungle training. Training takes place in Belize, in the heart of deep jungles. Candidates learn the basics of surviving and patrolling in the harsh conditions. SAS jungle patrols have to live for weeks behind enemy lines, in 4 man patrols, living on rations. Jungle training weeds out those who can't handle the discipline required to keep themselves and their kit in good condition whilst on long range patrol in difficult conditions. Again, there is a mental component being tested, not just a physical. Special Forces teams need men who can work under relentless pressure, in horrendous environments for weeks on end, without a lifeline back to home base. Selection Phase 3 - Escape & Evasion & Tactical Questioning (TQ)The small number of candidates who have made it through endurance and jungle training now enter the final phase of selection. The likelihood of a special operation going wrong behind enemy lines is quite high, given the risks involved. The SAS want soldiers who have the wherewithal and spirit required to escape and evade capture and resist interrogation.

For the escape and evasion (E&E) portion of the course, the candidates are given brief instructions on appropriate techniques. This may include talks from former POWs or special forces soldiers who have been in E&E situations in the real world.

Next, the candidates are let loose in the countryside, wearing World War 2 vintage coats with instructions to make their way to a series of waypoints without being captured by the hunter force of other soldiers. This portion lasts for 3 days after which, captured or not, all candidates report for TQ.

Tactical Questioning (TQ) tests the prospective SAS men's ability to resist interrogation. They are treated roughly by their interrogators, often made to stand in 'stress positions' for hours at a time, while disorientating white noise is blasted at them. When their turn for questioning comes, they must only answer with the so-called 'big 4' (name, rank, serial number and date of birth). All other questions must be answered with 'I'm sorry but I cannot answer that question.' Failure to do so results in failing the course. The questioners will use all sorts of tricks to try and get a reaction from the candidates. They may act friendly and try to get their subjects chatting; or they stand inches away from their subjects and scream unfavourable remarks about the sexual habits of their mothers. Female interrogators may laugh at the size of their subject's manhood. Of course, a real interrogation would be a lot more harsh and the subject would not know that they get to leave alive when it's all over. That said, days of interrogations and enduring the stress positions and white noise break down a man's sense of time and reality. The SAS are looking for men who can withstand such treatment long enough so that the effects of revealing any operational information they might have can be lessoned by HQ.

After all that...

The small number of men who make it through selection receive the coveted beige beret with the distinctive winged dagger insignia. As a newly badged member of the Special Air Service they can feel justly proud. They are not out of the woods, however, as they are now effectively on probation. As brand new members of the regiment, they will be watched closely by the DS as they enter continuation training. Many SAS soldiers are RTU'd (returned to unit) during training.

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I have no clue, it's like the green berets just stay in Europe wait...get a good education then survive trainning and then you'll become SAS. "Special Assualt sentry" srry i got excited.

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when a member of the sas is killed his name s added to the monumentle clock. so when a member of the sas leave the reg then they have beaten the clock.

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