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[UK] Special Forces (UKSF)
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:36:22 PM »
    The United Kingdom Special Forces, often shortened to UKSF is compromised of SAS, SBS, SRR and other elite units.

Special Air Service (SAS) // Who dares Wins

  • Founded in 1941 - Regiment
  • Reconstituted as a corps in 1950


The 22nd Special Air Service regiment (22 SAS) comprises of 4 active 'sabre' squadrons : A, B, D, & G.  60 man squadrons are broken up into 4 troops. 21 and 23 SAS are the reserve branches.

Each troop has an area of expertise:

  • Air troop
  • Boat troop
  • Mobility troop
- Specialising in operations using a variety of vehicles.
  • Mountain troop
- Trained in arctic warfare and are expert mountaineers.

Special Boat Service (SBS) // By strength and guile

  • Founded in 1940 by Roger Courtney

There is less knowledge surrounding the UK's Naval counterpart to the SAS, with many of their members coming from the Royal Marines Commando.

The SBS has around 100-200 operators, who are divided into 4 squadrons: C,X M and Z

There is a joint UKSF selection for both SAS and the SBS with a reported pass rate of less than 10% and would take overall 6 months to complete. Each candidate has a maximum of two tries before being RTU'd.

Briefing courses [1 Wk]

SAS SFBC takes place eight times a year, with the SBS SFBC taking place five times a year.

Aptitude Phase (hill phase) [4 wks]

  • Location: Sennybridge Training Camp in Wales
  • Weather conditions: Demanding, unpredictable

This phase is designed to test candidates on suitability for SF training. Exercise High Walk will take place on Day 6 and takes the form of an escorted hill march over approximately 23 km and is important in determining candidates who are not adequately prepared. This phase accumulates into 'Test Week' on the fourth and final week, consisting of 5 timed marches between 23 and 28 km conducted on consecutive days followed by a final Endurance march of 64 km; this must be completed within 20 hours.

Jungle, TTP and SOP training [9 wks]

  • Intensive period of instruction and assessment of SF Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), including SF weapons and SOPs (standard operating procedures).
  • Majority of time spent in jungle in Belize, used to determine the candidate's personality and characteristics.
  • Candidates in four-man patrols advised by Directing Staff (DS).

The final test encompasses all the skills taught over the nine weeks, and must be applied correctly in a tactical environment.

Employment training [14 wks]

  • Provides additional individuals with skills necessary for SF service
  • Candidates must pass the ACSIS (Army Combat Survival Instructor Course)
  • Consisting of: surveillance and reconnaissance training (2 weeks), army combat survival (2 weeks), SF parachute training (4 weeks), Counter terrorist course (3 weeks), signals training (1 week), patrol training and squadron induction training (2 weeks). There is also a 1 week officers week for potential officers.

SERE training [4 wks]

Requires candidates to undertake an evasion exercise, wearing greatcoats (restricting movement) as they operate in small groups. They are then 'hunted' by a Hunter Force from the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).

  • Should they manage to go reaching their objective without capture, they will still be subjected to interrogation.
  • Resistance to interrogation training - 36 hours.

For those proceeding to an operational SBS Sabre, they will undergo extra boat and dive training in order to achieve 'Swimmer-Canoeist (SC)' qualification.

Only on completion of these various other phases of this section of Continuation Training will the candidate be posted to an operational Sabre Squadron or SBS Squadron.

Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) // Unknown motto

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