- Jul 22, 2003
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What it takes to get into the South African army’s Special Forces
This is what it takes to make it into the SA Defence Force’s Special Forces unit.
Soldiers walking the streets in and around bases in Pretoria.
I doubt the majority of special forces members qualified based on that criteria.
You're having issues understanding what an opinion is. The recces from the SADF are WAY different than the special forces of the SANDF.
- Run 2.4km in 11 minutes
- Do 30 sit-ups in 1 minute
- Bench press 15 kgs, 15 repetitions
- Fireman's Carry (across the shoulders) someone of similar bodyweight to yourself 100 metres
- Climb a ladder to the 3rd floor displaying correct technique and confidence
- Negotiate a tunnel system with a blacked-out mask
- Applicants also undergo a full medical examination including vision, hearing, lung capacity and flexibility tests
- Incl. PAT (annually)
PAT exercises (done in gear)
30 step-ups onto a stepping board with a 65mm hose slung over each shoulder (2 x 20kg)
Tyre pull: drag a truck tyre 30 metres with a short length of hose
Hose pull: pull 30 metres of 45mm hose, hand-over-hand method, with a tyre attached to the end
Ladder pitch: pitch a straight/single ladder (approximate 4 metres long), then raise a 25 litre foam drum filled with water (25kg) up to the first storey window and lower it again, by means of a rope running through a pulley
Take the ladder down
Foam drum carry: Remove two foam drums from a stand 1.2 metres high, carry them 50 metres and return to the stand. (2 x 25kg)
Tyre drag: drag a large truck tyre 20 metres using a strap of hose around the forearms
"This matter highlights the need to exercise caution in respect of claims based on two-dimensional images," World Rugby added.