I'll be upfront: I'm not a soldier, I'm a mountaineer. But I've come across this guy in the press a bit, and I'm curious. http://www.beargrylls.com Couple of things struck me as a bit odd. He claims, straight away, to have been in the Special Forces. Yet looking at his biography, it would appear he made it in at the age of 20. Which struck me as quite young. Also, it says "Bear spent three years with the British Special Air Service (21 SAS)". Isn't this the TA bit? Lastly, I think in one of his books he says he opted not to become an officer (he's the son of a Tory MP incidentally) because he wanted to experience the real army or something. But can you join the SAS as an officer at the age of 20? I met an ex-SAS NCO, and he didn't strike me as the kind of guy who would go into battle with 20-year-olds. Grylls claims to have endured 90 days of extreme weather in order to have climbed Everest. Did he get lost? And he claims to be the youngest Briton to have climbed it at 23. I find a 23-year-old SAS guy climbing it a bit unimpressive compared to the 70-year-old retired Japanese ski instructor who did it. Perhaps I'm too cynical though.