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Army March 3, 2011
MORE than 40 men tried out the first Special Force
Screen Test (SFST) at Holsworthy in February.
Special Forces Training Centre (SFTC), Selection
and Recruiting Wing OC Maj A said the SFST was
designed to assess a person's suitability to try out for
"It's not a pass or fail event," Maj A said. "This will
allow potential weaknesses to be identified, against
which an individual can train, hopefully giving them a
better chance to pass the selection course."
"During the SFST, DSTO scientists monitored the
candidates' performances while testing aerobic and
anaerobic thresholds along with flexibility and power.
"Through the use of heart-rate monitors, thermal
pills and input from DSTO, SFTC hopes to better ana-
lyse a candidate's suitability for SF."
Commandant SFTC Lt-Col G said the SFST had
been developed by Special Operations Command over
the past 12 months to refine the way applicants were
"By reviewing the way coalition special forces, the
Australian Institute of Sport and elite Australian sport-
ing teams were selecting individuals, it has allowed us
to refine our testing protocols," Lt-Col G said.
"We are hoping to reduce injury rates as a result of
this preliminary testing and better prepare soldiers for
our selection courses."
Maj A said potential applicants of SASR or com-
mando selection courses should apply earlier rather
than later in their careers.
"We attempt to conduct tests on applicants 12 to 24
months before they undertake selection," he said.
"SFST's recent candidates said that overall the test-
ing was harder than previous entry tests because of its
cumulative nature. However, they said it was fairer and
allowed a broader assessment of an individual."
SFTC will continue to conduct information tours
around the key brigade areas to provide information on
the application process and answer questions on poten-
tial Special Forces service.
Sit up test
What to expect
Pack march (5km
carrying 40kg total)
Top results from the last SFST:
Beep Test -- Level 14.1
Push Ups -- 124 (cadence push ups)
Pack March -- 41.00 min
Swim Test - 6.00 min
Next suitability tests
Pushing limits: The top performers in the first Special Force Screen Test completed more
than 120 cadenced push ups.
On the move: Pack-march fitness is a key
component of the new screen test.
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