SelectionDo note that all actions on a selection course follow a course syllabus and are strictly monitored by instructors who evaluate students against a desired standard. It is not easy by any stretch of the imagination and students are continuously tested on various levels whilst the selection is progress. This includes physical to the extreme, mental, psychological, personality tests, tasks under duress and many more. A team of instructors, medical personnel, psychologists and evaluation personnel accompany the group and they are checked at predetermined points.
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REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL FORCES
One-year military service (first year MSD)
Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English
Successful completion of the Special Forces Entry Tests and Operationally Deployable
SPECIAL FORCES ENTRY TEST
40 push-ups without breaking rhythm
67 sit-ups within two minutes
175-metre fireman’s-lift run within 65 seconds
5-kilometre run within 24 minutes
40 six-metre shuttle-runs within 95 seconds
Water training test
Psychometric test, achieve an above-average score
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The hopefuls start of on a grueling march with full kit - and a few additions await...
PT sessions on the sand, being "interrogated", the equipment fighting back, more "interrogations"
Heavy drum and poles dragging you down, painful and lonely view, struggling with the poles, and the iron cross
Grueling marches, fighting the drum and other equipment designed to tire, frustrate and test candidates
The task does not change, the challenge remains, the test continues, another PT session
(Photo sequence courtesy of Douw Steyn)
Selection in the Caprivi
Whilst selection courses were usually conducted in the Duku-Duku area of Kwa-Zulu Natal, it was on occasion moved
to a different venue, depending on logistical and other requirements. The photo sequence below depicts a course that
was held in the Caprivi.
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Cart and drum for 30km, Feet taking a punch, Exhaustion, You made it!
The ones who made it
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