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Hi Team, hope your all well.

Currently in the medical process and excited to crack on, just wrapping up my third year of uni. Obviously my big aim has always been to get the green beret but now I’m making my way through the process I’ve been looking into the specialisations etc a lot more.

Was just wondering if anybody knew anything about selection for SBS, when you can apply, how to, do you need a minimum number of years service or rank etc.

Thanks guys, stay safe.
 

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Probably looking at a few years at a fighting unit. I know a lad who got injured in jungle having gone on within 18 months and apparently was performing very well. Its a reao variety to be fair. Alot like to go on when they've done a junior command course, others think sooner rather than later. Down to the individual

Plenty of info out there regarding selection although you'll have breiefs etc once you're in
 

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You do need a minimum number of years, I believe 3 years. I guess you'd have a better chance after completing a tough specialisations such as ML, sniper etc. and have some proper soldiering under your belt. However that's just a guess I'm sure others will reply who know what they are talking about!
 

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Hi Team, hope your all well.

Currently in the medical process and excited to crack on, just wrapping up my third year of uni. Obviously my big aim has always been to get the green beret but now I’m making my way through the process I’ve been looking into the specialisations etc a lot more.

Was just wondering if anybody knew anything about selection for SBS, when you can apply, how to, do you need a minimum number of years service or rank etc.

Thanks guys, stay safe.
Its good to have along term aim but concentrate on passing out first. most the people in your troop will say they want to be an ML or SBS but in reality only a couple will even attempt selection.
That being said if you want to apply you go through your chain of command or talk to the SF recruiters. in theory there is no limit but if you pass out of training rock up to a commando unit and want to do selection they will most likely mug you off.
 

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Thanks, guys, that all makes a lot of sense. Appreciate the replies. Completely agree with knocking down and focusing on passing out for now.
 

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Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the original selection was like, before it merged with SAS's selection?
 

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Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the original selection was like, before it merged with SAS's selection?
There is someone on the forum who could answer the question but SBS is very reticent about divulging information, much more so than SAS perhaps. And of course I'm only speculating.
 

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There is someone on the forum who could answer the question but SBS is very reticent about divulging information, much more so than SAS perhaps. And of course I'm only speculating.

Why is it so secretive if it is no longer being used?

The only thing I have heard about it, is that it was very psychological. Some details sounded like BUDs.
 

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I wouldn’t compare them to buds, they might not like that haha
 

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You do need a minimum number of years, I believe 3 years. I guess you'd have a better chance after completing a tough specialisations such as ML, sniper etc. and have some proper soldiering under your belt. However that's just a guess I'm sure others will reply who know what they are talking about!

Minimum 3 years? What is this based on? Last I heard the spec with the highest pass rate was sigs.

If you find yourself giving advice and ending it with "that's just a guess" it might be worth keeping said advice to yourself.
 

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Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the original selection was like, before it merged with SAS's selection?
Remember one of the original SAS guys saying there was no selection back then, just an interview with Paddy Mayne and a bottle of whisky.... So definitely easier now.

All selections follow the same basic idea of get candidates cold, wet, tired, chafed and generally threaders... Keep asking them to complete tasks with no clear end and observe who maintains moral, who keeps their head down and works and who steps into leadership.

The only consistent advice ever given by those who pass is don't quit; if you want it you'll get it and if you don't you won't.
 

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Remember one of the original SAS guys saying there was no selection back then, just an interview with Paddy Mayne and a bottle of whisky.... So definitely easier now.
As an aside, prior to COVID-19 a TV drama about 'Paddy' Mayne was in production with actor Tom Hardy taking the title role. There are some cracking tales about Mayne; many apparently myths but even the verified ones are astonishing.

 

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If you want to go the SF route get a couple of years in, absorb info and learn your job then when you feel confident talk to your SNCO and get his thoughts, then apply. You have to be in the Premier League of volunteers to be considered.
 

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Hi Team, hope your all well.

Currently in the medical process and excited to crack on, just wrapping up my third year of uni. Obviously my big aim has always been to get the green beret but now I’m making my way through the process I’ve been looking into the specialisations etc a lot more.

Was just wondering if anybody knew anything about selection for SBS, when you can apply, how to, do you need a minimum number of years service or rank etc.

Thanks guys, stay safe.
I think it's best to focus on passing out first. RT is a huge undertaking itself and you don't want to distract yourself with what-ifs about things that are yet to happen.
 
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