Yeah its a good positive.
I heard he stayed because Para reg is great and he said the Marines was far too easy.
Sounds kind of stupid if he was pinged went to a an almost SF unit and would get put somewhere were he couldnt show his new found skills.
What would you say is the most sought after competitive/prestigious unit SFSG or Pathfinders?
Thanks mate, sums it up well!The Pathfinder Selection Course (PFSC) is clearly a very arduous and difficult course to pass. It is a tried and tested system designed to identify potential and develop those with the right qualities to be an Advanced Force Soldier. The course is set over 6 weeks. Whereas UKSF selection typically lasts around 6 months.
I also think that there is often a naive tendency to assume that every trained rank aspires to join the special forces. That it is the ultimate goal for all trained ranks. You’ll find that this isn’t the case and for many the prospect of enduring months of stress and hardship simply isn’t on their radar. Some really are just happy with their lot. People apply for these units for their own reasons and it isn’t always for a stepping stone.
It’s important to understand the actual roles. To join the PF is to join 16 Air Assault Brigade's advance reconnaissance force. In PF you will be employed in an airborne capable reconnaissance role. You will be highly trained to operate ahead of the main force collecting information on the enemy and reporting directly back to the Brigade HQ. PF soldiers & officers are trained in specialist airborne insertion techniques and capable of conducting offensive action at very short notice.
To join Special Forces is to join UKSF. An SF rank will be highly trained in a number of specific skills that are often unconventional. SF are involved in a very diverse set of activities ranging from covert reconnaissance to direct action. From counter terrorism to hostage recuse.
Of course PF soldiers go on to pass UKSF selection but it shouldn’t be seen as a necessity. Do what is right for you.