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Army September 3, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
START training, don’t give up
and begin researching now is the
message from Special Forces
Training Centre (SFTC) to ADF
members hoping for selection with a
As SFTC plans for its last
information tour for the year in
November, organisers say that
candidates can learn from the lessons
of their predecessors.
WO2 Brad Friar, SFTC Selection
Wing, said questions from candidates
were many and varied but usually
fell into the key themes of training,
selection and misconceptions.
He said SFTC was directing ADF
members to the SFTC and Stay Army
websites as a first option for research.
But statistics and experiences
from soldiers in SF units highlighted
fundamental issues for success and
failure in joining the special forces.
“ The key message overall is there
is only one certainty about selection
and that is 100 per cent of the people
who do not apply are never selected,”
WO2 Friar said. “So back yourself
and see what you are capable of – it
will be a life-changing experience.”
He said training – mental and
physical – was essential in the
preparation for selection. “ The six
months prior to selection have been
identified as one of the major reasons
why candidates are unsuccessful.”
“This has been highlighted by
recent unsuccessful candidates stating
during their exit interviews that they
thought ‘they’d be right on the day’
this was clearly not the case.”
Not being selected was another key
concern for candidates.
WO2 Friar said statistics showed 80
per cent of candidates removed from
training withdrew at their own request.
He said another 10 per cent were
removed because they failed one of
the key physical tests; 5 per cent were
medically withdrawn and 5 per cent
were removed for other reasons.
“ The astonishing part of this
statistic is the majority of those who
self select off selection were actually
reporting well,” he said. “ Don’t be
Be a volunteer.
Complete recruit training and ini-
tial employment training.
Meet the age requirement.
Be psychologically assessed.
Be assessed by a medical officer
as MEC1 including a special-
ist classification for parachuting
Volunteer for parachute training or
be a qualified parachutist.
Have a high level of physical
and mental fitness and complete
the minimum physical entrance
requirements for ser vice in SF.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
WO2 Friar said misconceptions
also were a recurrent theme.
He said the DRN and SFTC
websites could answer most initial
questions and the SF unit could also
dispel basic misconceptions.
Further information is available at http://
Work hard to
Special forces selection can be tough but not impossible
Watch out: An SF member at the Special Forces Training Centre in
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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