Pathfinder or SAS

Mkr020

Crow
Hello everyone I’m joining the paras soon but my larger goal is pathfinder platoon and special air service but I was told to go straight to SAS and not go pathfinder because the pathfinders are very busy and I won’t have enough time to train for SF selection can someone please give me some more advice on this matter
Thank you
 
There's a moment in your career when you find out what you're made of. Down the the line people will say they saw it in you from a long time ago. It is unlikely that you have had this epiphany yet so best off following @The_Duke's advice and see what happens. Northern Ireland taught me that I was better off with a fluke and soldering iron.
 
I'll go down another route here.

Our MRT, by dint of having one of their selection areas and our area of operation the same, have a sound working relationship with Them and have done some joint stuff - one of the lads I know joined with the sole aim of applying for the SAS. He joined an Infantry Regiment, did the minimum three years, trained hard, went for selection, passed, and has had a long career. He was also lucky that very early doors a senior of his found out his ambition, told him to keep it under his hat, but also helped in how to go about things.

No harm in having the goals, but I'd suggest adhering to the old adage of keeping schtum until you think you're ready to go for it. You might not even get through basic - worry about each stage as they come, attack them with all you can give and see if it chooses you as much as anything.

Good luck.
 

skymacuk

Old-Salt
I'll go down another route here.

Our MRT, by dint of having one of their selection areas and our area of operation the same, have a sound working relationship with Them and have done some joint stuff - one of the lads I know joined with the sole aim of applying for the SAS. He joined an Infantry Regiment, did the minimum three years, trained hard, went for selection, passed, and has had a long career. He was also lucky that very early doors a senior of his found out his ambition, told him to keep it under his hat, but also helped in how to go about things.

No harm in having the goals, but I'd suggest adhering to the old adage of keeping schtum until you think you're ready to go for it. You might not even get through basic - worry about each stage as they come, attack them with all you can give and see if it chooses you as much as anything.

Good luck.

I have a similar story, i was in Jersey in 1994, i met a lad who was working on the door of a local night club, a few of us got talking to him, and he said he was going to join the Marines then go to Hereford (at the time most bootnecks went to Poole )

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Fast forward 10 years, Iraq 2004, i bumped into him again in Shibiza log base cutting round in civvies with unkempt hair and a Sig 226 on his hip.

It transpired he joined the RA , went 29Cdo then 148Cdo then had a crack at selection, he's been a Daywalker ever since.

He's currently the Big Badge at Hereford.

When i first met the lad, like most ppl i thought he was talking shit, now i'm in awe of him and what he has achieved.
I wish i had the minerals to go out and do what he did, one of my biggest regrets in life is not having a crack at UKSF.
I'm a realist, chances are i would have failed, but at least i would have tried.

Bottom line, if you want to have a crack at PF/UKSF, do it, but get through Depot/P coy first, get to battalion, keep your head down, surround yourself with like minded ppl ( can do attitude ) train your arse off get some experience, then go on the UKSF Briefing Assessment Course (BAC) and take it from there.

Oh and good luck ( don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams)
 
Yup - one of the things I've lived by is for any given thing, someone's got to do it - why can't that someone be me?

9/10 there's no reason why it can't be you if you apply yourself. Half the battle is having the balls to go for it in the first place.
 

Dr Death

Old-Salt
Statistics on those that fail selection is not printed but it is high.

Perhaps see how being a Para is before looking higher.
You might enjoy the regiment life and sub specialise within it as plenty to do.

I think to much glamour is focused on the SAS mostly by those that failed or are walts.
 

Dalef65

Old-Salt
Good sentiments here, but in all these type of anecdotes nobody mentions the ones who don't get through.
Pass basic first, and then see where you go from there.

Walk before trying to run, and all that.
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
Pass basic first, and then see where you go from there.
I've said similar several times before.

Not doubting the OP's commitment or sincerity but a lot of people get a rude shock during Basic/Phase One. There's a LOT of blowing out your hoop because you're encountering boots and a bergen for the first time in your life.

SF is a long way on from that.
 
Statistics on those that fail selection is not printed but it is high.
Not quite true; Hereford did an article in ATDN about twenty years ago, to counter a lot of the myths about selection, because good people weren’t putting themselves forward

They stated the rough distances / times for LONG DRAG; and revealed that once they’d eliminated the lads who were bluffers or lying to themselves (i.e. couldn’t pass a correctly-carried out ACFT on arrival), the pass rate on the hills phase for those who managed to avoid injury was about 50%.
 

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