SAS- The Search for Warriors

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Qosmio, Dec 6, 2010.

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  1. I'd have no problem with E&E, point to point and I swim like a fish.

    I just can't type for toffee.

    Looks good though, look forward to seeing it.
  2. ABOUT 15 minutes into the SBS documentary The Search for Warriors most viewers will find themselves feeling sorry for the soldiers who made a conscious decision to put their minds and bodies through what could only be described as state sanctioned torture.
    The SAS selection course is the toughest job interview in the world and 25 years after the last selection documentary Battle for the Golden Road was made, Prospero Productions spent three weeks in the WA bush producing an epic.

    Fewer than 20 per cent of those who embark on the quest will make it through to the start of the reinforcement cycle and 12 months of intense training to qualify for the sand coloured beret and winged dagger badge of the lite SAS Regiment.

    The candidates are at the mercy of the directing staff or drill sergeant and these hardened SAS veterans offer no mercy and no emotion to the troops seeking the true meaning of the Regimental motto Who Dares Wins.

    A senior DS asks a weary candidate: "What can you offer us?"

    He answers, "My ability, self discipline and mindset, sir."

    "You are a facade,'' the DS tells the cocky candidate. "I don't believe there is anything under the surface.''

    The over confident soldier lasts a few more days and then he is gone. Confidence like fitness will cure this malaise.

    The first challenge at the Bindoon training area north of Perth is a 20km pack march carrying 20kg in under three hours and 15 minutes.

    Candidate number 42, one of the oldest on the course, misses the time and suffers a serious neck injury, but he refuses to give up.

    Six days later he gets another go and completes the march in three hours and six minutes.

    "I want to be there at the end,'' he says,

    Sadly that will not be the case.

    During the curiously named "Lucy Dip'' exercise the candidates spend five days with just one hot meal and virtually no sleep undertaking a variety of extreme mental and physical challenges.

    According to the regiment's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel P, whose face is obscured but whose voice would strike terror into the toughest recruit, most battles are lost in the mind.

    "We will break an individual down,'' he says.

    "Failure is not an option.''

    And break them down they do.

    By the time the candidates get to the ironically named Happy Wanderer exercise where they have to navigate over hundreds of kilometres of some of WA's toughest hill terrain, the numbers have dwindled from 131 to 40.

    The majority self-selected off the course by signing the dreaded quit form while several others were medically discharged after suffering debilitating injuries usually to the back or lower limbs.

    Several more were judged unsuitable and told to leave.

    Carrying heavy packs and lifting huge loads for days on end without food takes a merciless toll on the body.

    These men were supremely fit before they started but they cannot believe how their bodies are crumbling under the pressure of SAS selection.

    Despite the brutal attrition rate - just 26 of 131 passed the course and another six fell by the wayside soon after during reinforcement training - the Regiment believes that the TV program will boost recruiting but provide starstruck diggers with a reality check.

    When fit and dedicated soldiers contemplating SAS selection see this doco they might think twice about taking it on.

    This is compelling television without gimmicks or faux celebrity or concocted reality shows.

    At times it is difficult to watch such intense and completely voluntary human suffering.

    * The gritty documentary screens on SBS at 8.30pm on Tuesday December 7 and 14.
  3. No mention of the boat shed, then.
  4. The boathouse is next to the secret Nuke sub pens, under Ayers Rock

    Thats between you and I, so dont tell anybody
  5. You didn't hear it from me ok but they don't have a boat shed. It's a surf shack and it's painted....

    Wait one, just had a knock on the french windows on my balcony.....
  6. Uluru to you too :wink:
  7. It's Uhuru you trekkie walt...

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  8. Do people on selection have to do 3 minutes milling with Drop Bears ?
  9. I remember seeing a doc' on the Selection for the Aussie TA SASR about 15 years ago or more. Was very interesting. Wonder how this will compare to the NZSAS series that was out last year . Have the Aussies done this to try to show they are harder than the Kiwi lads ? ;-)

    Petty and ancient ****** that I am it was nice to note the DS wearing their berets with the badge above the left eye. Nails enough that they don't need to use affectations to show it.

  10. I've just downloaded it and for anyone (outside Australia) wants to watch it online I've uploaded it here:
    MEGAVIDEO - I'm watching it
  11. Lots of amusing parts in the doco. How's 'Roald Dahl' #130? and Elmer Fudd #42? "I can see rust, dust, fluff. It's totally unecceptable. You just don't get it do you."
  12. There is a Bio of SGT T on SBS TV website. Who is the bloke that inspects their weapons and strip searches them in the doco.
    SBS: Documentary
    He says in interview- During operations in September 2008, I commanded a five-man patrol that was caught in a two-hour ambush by a large Taliban force.
    In the latter stages of the ambush, I was shot in the lower leg and through the hips. Another bullet destroyed my rifle while I was firing it. I was also hit by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade that exploded near to me. Only one of my soldiers escaped without being wounded before we all managed to evade the enemy. I made it out of the ambush by jamming myself behind the bullbar of a US Humvee vehicle. I have recovered well but still carry a Taliban bullet in my hip which can’t be removed.

    This was the ambush for which Mark Donaldson was awarded a VC. SGT T was the 'Nails' guy in this post.
    Thread: Wounded Digger Tied Himself to Vehicle and Fought On...
    So he ended up running Selection. Hard man.