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Old 15th Jul 2018, 09:51
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SAS Who Dares Wins TV Show

One question:

It looks like they are evaluating civilians for direct entry into the SAS. Is this correct? Can you enter the SAS without being a member of the armed forces in the UK?

They say they take about 36 hours to evaluate who is going on to the next part of the process.


Funny to see the snowflakes melting...

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Old 15th Jul 2018, 10:02
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It's just a television show; it's not the real thing.
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LOL !
Put this in jokes thread.......
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Old 15th Jul 2018, 10:26
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I am sure this show has already aired on TV here in the UK.
No, there is no direct entry to the SAS. You have to be a serving member of the mob to even try for it.
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thanks guys, that's what I thought.

The show IS worth watching to see the Staff analysis of the candidates, very intelligent men.




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The show IS worth watching to see the Staff analysis of the candidates, very intelligent men.
If this is the series I think it is - the one with Ant Middleton - it's actually really interesting, and a cut above most 'reality' TV. The underlying idea was that since our friends from Hereford would never allow their selection process to be filmed, a bunch of ex special forces instructors would accurately recreate the process. It was very instructive seeing Middleton and his colleagues discussing the candidates in private and analysing their backgrounds, motivation and possible weaknesses - and then confronting them and testing their reactions. What came out of it for me was that while obviously the candidates have to be physically fit, that was by no means the only criteria on which they were judged. The winner of the series I watched - the one set in the Amazonian jungle - was actually a former jailbird who was slipping into a life of crime and imprisonment. What impressed the instructors was the way that this individual had found the inner mental strength and discipline to turn his life around without much in the way of support, and continued to demonstrate the psychological ability to overcome challenging situations during selection.
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On a related topic, did anyone see the series with Ant Middleton recreating the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage of Capt Bligh? How he didn't knock the living daylights out of some of the idiots on that trip is a testament to the man's inner strength!
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Interestingly, the NZ SAS had a direct entry stream during the 1950's. I believe this has been recently reactivated.
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A couple of decades back, the SAS had an experiment (ordered by the higher up crowd) to admit Guards officers.
Known officially as "G Troop", the usual name for them by the regulars was the "Woodentops". I don't know if the troop is still in existence but they were not at all popular!
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I quite liked the one where they attempted to recreate the selection procedure for WW2 SOE agents - filmed up in the Scottish highlands somewhere. Overseen by ex senior officers (one female) from the intelligence services. Obviously I have no way of knowing how realistic it was but there was none of the gung-ho shouting and bawling that you see in some of the more down market shows.
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Ant Middleton, for me, is your quintessential ‘Mexican’ - just bought his book, I’m sure it’ll be a good read.

The Channel 4 series is somewhat choreographed and ‘managed’, but enjoyable all the same, it is produced to entertain, no more no less.
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Kelvin - I may be wrong but I thought G squadron of the SAS was for all ranks in the Guards brigade and served with some distinction in the Falklands. Could be wrong.
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parabellum: You may be right but a mate of mine serving with the regiment at the time said that at least initially, they were all Ruperts. He and his mates had a suspicion the whole thing was contrived to get some Guards officers some glory.
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Originally Posted by Andy_S View Post
If this is the series I think it is - the one with Ant Middleton - it's actually really interesting, and a cut above most 'reality' TV. The underlying idea was that since our friends from Hereford would never allow their selection process to be filmed, a bunch of ex special forces instructors would accurately recreate the process. It was very instructive seeing Middleton and his colleagues discussing the candidates in private and analysing their backgrounds, motivation and possible weaknesses - and then confronting them and testing their reactions. What came out of it for me was that while obviously the candidates have to be physically fit, that was by no means the only criteria on which they were judged. The winner of the series I watched - the one set in the Amazonian jungle - was actually a former jailbird who was slipping into a life of crime and imprisonment. What impressed the instructors was the way that this individual had found the inner mental strength and discipline to turn his life around without much in the way of support, and continued to demonstrate the psychological ability to overcome challenging situations during selection.

Have to agree with you for agreeing with me!

Interstingly the "jail bird" said he stole a cash machine in order to pay for his recently deceased late father's headstone.
He also had his son on the show and the kid was eliminated in the first ep.

Also, I noted a landscape gardener in his early twenties was fit enough to lug 15kg up a 3,000 foot hill TWICE and finish just behind the instructor...
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No, there is no direct entry to the SAS. You have to be a serving member of the mob to even try for it.
There is if you're happy to do it 'part time'
https://apply.army.mod.uk/roles/infantry/sas-reserve
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