UKSF - 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (R) NOW RECRUITING


UK Special Forces (Reserve)


63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (Reserve) is looking for very special people who want to do something different in thier spare time.

We need:

- Soldiers
- Signallers

Supported by:

- Mechanics
- Drivers
- Chefs
- Clerks

To be considered for the UK Special Forces Reserves you need to be:

- Aged between 18 and 32, 34 with previous military experience
- Physically and mentally fit
- Intelligent
- Flexible
- Mature
- Able to commit to considerable training demands
- Willing to deploy overseas

Although previous military experience is very useful, it is not essential since we will provide all the appropriate training you may need.

If you think you measure up to our requirements and are attracted by an exciting and out of the ordinary spare time occupation, we'd like to hear from you.

CALL 0800 163925 ref L Troop
Do i get to have photos taken with me wearing black nasty over my eyes?
ah good old 63 there used to be a girl in 23 troop that half the guys had shagged she even got caught at it with a full screw in the back of the sigs wagon once apon a time worth doing the course just to jump her bones
Excellent, being imaginative (sorry, don't mean to be patronising).

CV, Qualifications etc. Push them. 'Emergency First Aider in the Workplace', already booked (nil cost), weird stuff we think is 'peculiar' is of interest (why would anyone think HAZMAT is a draw - but it it is and we are grunts). Hit how what we do is relevant to employers and recruits will appear.

Clearly SF could be a little different, but a potential recruit is gold dust.

Hope to be in a position in a few months to be able to 'pass on' recruits. SF, and ALL organisations with a 'peculiar skill', come and talk. Cross training should be a minimum. Ooh the hierarchy will do me for that one!

If we get a potential recruit that we cannot take (for whatever reason), let's talk. Ease their transition and benefit the whole. I want training for my guys on stuff we cannot do so let's find an easy way (Good Lord - cross training), to pass potential recruits across. And we will ALWAYS pass trained soldiers to SF or Reg.

This needs to be kept strictly TA, NO grown ups, or it will all become too difficult! Don't believe me? Just watch!

I did selection for 63 Signal Squadron. Passed the 4 weekends which are a combination of fizz and classroom work, Passed the Trade Course which was a beast of a classroon ordeal and then some PSI decided that he didnt like my swagger and binned me when I had given over a year and a half of my life and effort to get in.

Out of about 56 on the meet and greet only 13 of us actually passed and went on to trade training. (Thats how hard it was) For some unknown reason one of the DS on the trade course took a dislike to me from day one and eventually that dislike was shared among the rest of the DS and WO2, 3 days into the weeks trade training it was blatantly obvious that there was a witch hunt going on despite my having passed eveything. I took endless amounts of grief every day and was set up to fall several times by members of the DS until finally on the last day they called me in and the PSI said that they wouldnt be taking there interest in me any further. I asked why and he said he didnt like the way I carried myself around the place. (The word * springs to mind!)

I did the training, passed the courses and still got stiffed by a couple of power crazy DS. With the exception of a few who supported me (you know who you are) the rest are a bunch of badge collecting tossers! most of which have never even seen the brecons!

I would recommend doing the course to anyone for the experience alone, but be aware its a funny club and even though you think you might be in you never are!

*Watch the bootnecks they smile at you and then stab you in the back!!
Know a guy on the Special Observers course that happened to, he passed all the tests but kept getting a fail on the FTX, he did it 3 or 4 times (thats a year and a half to two years reg time) and still failed but was never told why.

He finally gave up and I saw him on his last few days in the unit, he was laughing as he showed me his PAMPAS print out that clearly stated he passed the course on his first attempt. His face didn't fit but didn't do anything to be failed on, so they kept putting him through the course till he gave up. Lzas thing he told me was his was going to wear the badge anyway and screw them.

Knew another lad who passed and joined his patrol, things were fine till he got captured on a compertition ex, he got caught because the patrol commander did something stupid to overtake anoher team and put the load of them in "danger" and he got nabbed. So the patrol commander had it in for the lad as he couldn't win and made his life hell until he posted out the regt, selections one thing, getting on with the unit is another entirely
Perhaps if you were binned you should changes your moniker

Sounds like you were a positively splendid candidate, talented in all the right ways

Seems like they collectively dropped the ball letting you go but I'm the unit has managed to limp along without your presence!
I'm curious - when did 63 Squadron get the (SAS) appended to their name???

I know my memory is shot to hell - but back in the seventies I'm fairly certain it was just 63 Squadron (VR). 21 and 23 had their own Signals units and 63 was the designated support unit due to the nature of the transmissions

Note to self - ask one of the contemporaries and see if they can recall!!
Are you kidding Militant_Driver? You say your experience is 30 odd years old, but you seem to be shocked that the world has changed. The SF units were only 30 odd years old when you were last around, and they are double that age now. As far as I know the post is not a walt, there is a genuine recruitment drive going on at the moment. They have posters about TACs and everything o_O

If you are serious, I was under the impression the moniker started to be used at the same time that 63 undertook the same selection and wore the stable belt and had the same badged beret. I too would ask someone to confirm, but I really can't build up the enthusiasum!
They wear a Beige beret with sig capbadge. Sigs coloured belt with SAS badge and motto on the buckle. Other than that prob best not to ask questions. If your interested then call the number.

Other wise...
Militant_Driver said:
I'm curious - when did 63 Squadron get the (SAS) appended to their name???

I know my memory is shot to hell - but back in the seventies I'm fairly certain it was just 63 Squadron (VR). 21 and 23 had their own Signals units and 63 was the designated support unit due to the nature of the transmissions

Note to self - ask one of the contemporaries and see if they can recall!!

1967, formed from 322 (SAS) Sig Sqn who in turn was form ed in 61.

Prior to that, as you said there were R Sig dets in 21 & 23
WhiteHorse said:
Locations, or at least counties where the TACs are?

Do you accept transfers from other TA units?
I thought you'd left :D

I believe they are based in Portsmouth with a few dets on the way to London
Did the regular lot - 264 SAS Signals Sqd - become part of 18 Signal Regiment(UKSF) or are they still a seperate unit? And will UKSF(R) Signal units expand to a full regiment like thier regular counterparts?

Reading some of the other posts clearly shows a lack of "airborne/xxxxxxx SF initiative" although when I was in 63 Sigs the establishment was only supposed to be up to 25% para trained.

For your info ( mid 1970s):-

SHQ was in Peronne Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth close to "D" Sqn 21 SAS (Artists) (V) at Cosham.

A Troop - Millbranch TAC, Southampton.
B Troop - Portsmouth.
C Troop - Wallisdown TAC, Bournemouth.

Rumour control had it that A originally stood for Advance and B for Base
D Troop - opened up in Chichester.

This was also to pull in the Para lads from Aldershot and RMR from Poole when the then Government decided to do defence cuts (like disbanding 16 Para Bde and 216 Para Sigs Sqn).

We had totally different methods of working, kit, procedures, etc. When I went to Helles Barracks there was only 1 other beige beret there - a Corporal from 264 doing the Sgts' cadre course. But he did take time out to have a chat with me which was "well cool." I didn't wear my blue stable belt figuring if I took it there some bar steward (probably DS) would nick it - I did wear my Trousers, O.G. though and not D.P.M. The DS did allow me not to sling my SLR because when they asked me why I wasn't doing that I said it was S.O.P.s (which it was) in my unit. They left me alone.

SHQ (after D Tp opened the SQMS wanted to be an RQMS) I believe moved from Hilsea to Thorney Island.

In those days the training was quite good - some of it was organised by "Group" and subject to quals you could bid for it - patrol competitions, bergen bashing, etc., Want to meet E.S.R. (Belgie Paracommandos), Danish JagerKorps, German FsK, Dutch Marines or the French C.R.A.P.s, or the Legion etc then go ahead and give it a go ..... you don't have to be Rambo or Chuck Norris (although that might help) ..... first priority was to be a good operator.

Oh, and by the way, if you are really lucky, apart from one or two P.S.I.s and probably the SSMI or SQMS, you might get to meet some guys from 21, 23 and even 22. But take a word of advice from me only advance one and be recognised when they ask you to and don't be quizzey and don't talk about it - reasons should be obvious, chinstrap, mate! as one of my old PSIs used to say to me. (I'm now off to Oz to avoid prosecution).

Chinstrap - the orginal Post stated they were recruiting Sigs and Soldiers. Forgive the ignorance of an ex-PBI, but I thought all members of 63 were Sigs AND Soldiers anyway. Are their members of 63 who are not Sig trained? Do they carry out Force Protection?

And before you ask the obvious question: I live in Scotland, so I don't want to waste their time by 'phoning.

After all, bone questions are what ARRSE was invented for! :thumleft:
Werewolf said:
And before you ask the obvious question: I live in Scotland, so I don't want to waste their time by 'phoning.
From what I've seen and heard 63 are probably nationwide now (at 21/23 locations)
Left "D " troop in 88 and it was Chichester based and many a weekend at Thorney Island. 21 and 23 came down for visits and the odd badger showed up as well.

That was after doing 14 years as a regular.

Training was good and after fitness levels improved by importing a very good PTI most were Para qualified with lots of good rewards for effort.

The PTI was a Scot with the most sadistic way of getting your shit together, he is still a mate today and still an animal.

Was once asked by an Officer from an Australian unit, we are here for 4 days, what can you do with my men, reply was, make them sore for 7.

If you can't hack it, don't have a sense of humour, or you just like having a winge, stay at home and be a civvy

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