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SBS (R)

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by TheRubberDagger, May 9, 2019.

  1. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    All,

    Thread covering FAQs now available in members sub forum.

    If you are currently serving (Regular or Reserve) and wish to access the thread please contact the forum staff. You must be able to unequivocally verify your service.

    SBS(R) is based in the South of England but recruits nationwide.

    Successful candidates will need to display a high degree of commitment and fitness as the majority of the selection process is conducted to regular standard alongside the regular component.

    Enquiries are by email only, ideally through your Chain of Command.

    Summary:

    • Must be a serving member of UK reserve Forces
    • Nationwide recruitment
    • High physical fitness entry standards
    • A high degree of commitment required
    • Opportunity to serve overseas alongside regular counterpart
    Regards.

    Edit to add: This is purely unofficial.

    THIS IS FOR GENERAL, NON SENSITIVE QUERIES ONLY. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MEDIUM NOR DO ANY VIEWS, OPINIONS ORINFORMATION EXPRESSEDREPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THEMOD. THIS IS PURELY UNOFFICIAL.

    In order to maintain security DO NOT attempt to discuss equipment and tactics, techniques and procedures.


    Moderators will strictly monitor this thread for persec/opsec concerns.
     
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  2. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    The ‘Search Facility’ can be informative.;)
     
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  3. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    Accepting PMs for general queries.
     
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  4. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    Brace yourself.

    Probably worth mentioning before you get flooded with spam that SBS (R) only permits ex regulars & serving reservists to apply to be wet, cold and hungry.

    Roll up, roll up!
     
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  5. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    Perhaps best if any queries were posted in the open.

    The reason being many will be repetitive and as such one query answered may serve to avoid repetition.

    Then again there is always the Search Facility.;)
     
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  6. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    All-

    Due to quite frequent PMs on the subject of eye sight please see below.

    EYE STANDARDS AND LASER EYE SURGERY

    13. SAS and SBS candidates may use contact lenses to correct their visual acuity from E3 to E1. Spectacles are not permitted. SRR and 18 (UKSF) Sig Regt candidates may use contact lenses or spectacles to achieve the same correction.


    14. In line with MoD policy those who have undergone refractive surgery, including laser surgery may be accepted provided they have been assessed by a Defence Consultant Ophthalmologist who confirms they are “Fit for UKSF Selection” with respect to their refractive surgery.
     
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  7. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    Further- this couldn’t be better advice.

    With the ongoing expansion of UKSF (R) and subsequent confusion around transferring & eligibility etc it seems worthwhile to have a thread so we can signpost potential candidates towards correct information.

    Please note - THIS IS FOR GENERAL, NON SENSITIVE QUERIES ONLY. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MEDIUM NOR DO ANY VIEWS, OPINIONS OR INFORMATION EXPRESSED REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE MOD. THIS IS PURELY UNOFFICIAL.

    Moderators will strictly monitor this thread for persec/opsec concerns.
     
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  8. borneboy

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    why are you even mentioning the words SAS & SBS on a open forum? I'm confused
     
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  9. JWJ

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    God forbid extremists learn the acceptable VA of UKSF!
     
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  10. borneboy

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    Death til all peurto!
     
  11. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Why not? If you can point to one bit of information that has identified any of the ops, weapons, in depth training and personnel then I would be surprised.

    All this thread does is let people know who is eligible and how to apply.

    Alan
     
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  12. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    This thread will be heavily moderated.

    This thread is acting as a platform for informal enquiries. Nothing more.

    Believe me, nothing risqué will feature here.
     
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  13. Chelonian

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    As an aside, back in about 1974 as a young teenager I wrote a polite letter to 22 SAS Regiment at Hereford, stating my age and asking for information about that career path. By return of post I received an encouraging and informative letter along with a nice, glossy SAS recuitment brochure. If I find it in my attic I'll scan it and post it up here.
     
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  14. PotentialBootneck

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    Are you allowed to state the commitments required/time away for SBS(R)? Something that may be worth looking into in the future...
     
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  15. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    Successful candidates will need to display a high degree of commitment. The vast majority of ranks do commit considerably more time than the minimum requirement.

    It should be noted that majority of the selection process is conducted to regular standard alongside the regular component.

    See PM for further.
     
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  16. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    This weeks Frequently Asked Questions.

    How many attempts at UKSF (R) can someone have?

    Usually only two attempts, although it is possible to get another attempt if you are withdrawn on medical grounds at the advice of the SMO.

    Is it true the upper age limit for SBS (R) is regularly waived?


    No- Although it is possible for individual assessments for people above the upper age limit to occur, it is not common.
    Candidates above 34 have a significantly reduced chance of passing selection first time. The longer recovery time needed by the more mature candidate puts them at a disadvantage. The impact of continued physical demands and the risk of injury associated with Selection is why it tends to be better suited to ranks 34 and younger.

    Don't be put off at all by the above, just realise that UKSF (R) selection is an arduous course and mustn’t be underestimated.
     
  17. Johnny_Anonie

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    I guess any ex regular or reservist at 33 you would be at the upper end of the age spectrum, but by no means unique?

    I would suggest the key is starting, and remaining, injury free so that you can do all of the build up weekends plus test week. The further you creep up the age limit the more it’ll eat into another attempt, should you need one?
     
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  18. SuperSwift

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    Are reserve officers eligible for selection?
     
  19. TheRubberDagger

    TheRubberDagger Royal Marines Commando

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    Yes.

    Reserve Officers (Tri-Service) who wish to volunteer for UKSF (R) should submit their request in writing to their current CO. Following a personal interview with their CO, requests should then be forwarded through the chain of command to the appropriate Service manning authority.

    Officers are required to complete officers week (5 days) on completion of the test week phase.
     
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  20. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

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    There was me hoping to see lads kitted out in some kinky phys rig.