The Special Air Service Regiment Australia (SASR) is one of the most grueling training entrance courses out there. With a fail rate of 92%, only the best get through and even then, it’s just the beginning.
The selection process is geared to ‘break down’ a recruit and find out if they have the dogged determination to become one of the best operators for the regiment. Out of a selection pool of 120, only 15 will make it through – on a good year. Anyone can apply who has had basic military training although the regiment strongly recommends active duty of at least 3-5 years with beyond good fitness and mental agility.
The SASR’s (Special Air Service Regiment) origin can be traced back to WW2 where the Australian Z Special unit and independent commando companies fought. On 25 July 1957, the 1st SASR company was formed.
The Australian SAS (Secret Air Service) is based on the U.K SAS program. The entry selection for the UK SAS is so grueling that recruits have died on the course. However the military admits standards must not slip despite tragedy’s. The U.S military has even admitted the SAS is damn good and their elite unit Delta Force has styled their selection process around the famous British regiment.
There are many special forces units from each country each with their own specialisation. Some of them you may know of; Delta Force, SEAL, Green Berets (US), SAS (UK, AUST, NZ), French GIGN to name a few. All these units must undertake terrible, often ‘designed to fail’ entry course.
The below documentary In Search for Warriors shows just how badass the selection course is.