What it takes to get into the South African Special Forces

zeb

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I doubt the majority of special forces members qualified based on that criteria.
If morbidly obese was a requirement, many of them would be shoe ins.
 

MickeyD

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I doubt the majority of special forces members qualified based on that criteria.
If morbidly obese was a requirement, many of them would be shoe ins.
I totally disagree with you. What are you basing your opinion on?
 

zeb

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Soldiers walking the streets in and around bases in Pretoria.
 

Fulcrum29

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Interesting comparison to be made with the CTFRS Learner program,

MSDS (Spec ops)

- 40 push-ups without breaking rhythm
- 67 sit-ups within two minutes
- 175-metre fireman’s-lift run within 65 seconds
- 5-kilometre run within 24 minutes
- 40 six-metre shuttle-runs within 95 seconds
- Water training test
- Psychometric test, achieve an above-average score
- Personal interview

vs.

http://www.health24.com/Fitness/Sport/Adventure/Can-you-take-the-heat-20120721

CTFRS (Learner)

- 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

The CTFRS program isn't explained in depth, but when you start to advance through the levels the training becomes insane. HazMat training... there is a reason why there is only that many people trained.
 

zeb

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You keep pretending to be a tough guy cause I'm through arguing with you.
 

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Fuzzbox

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I doubt the majority of special forces members qualified based on that criteria.
If morbidly obese was a requirement, many of them would be shoe ins.

None of them would pass as its too hard, they would complain to their union REP.
 

marine1

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Not sure about army but saps task force had deteriorated. It's without doubt not what it used to be
 

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Requirement: No record of serious criminal offences, what is considered as a serious criminal offence?
 

MickeyD

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Not sure about army but saps task force had deteriorated. It's without doubt not what it used to be
@marine1, if there is one unit that I still respect in the SANDF, then it is without doubt Special Forces.
 
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