How long can you serve in the SAS?

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NCOs and soldiers are the only permanent members of the SAS. Officers serve terms of between two and three years before returning either to their original regiments or taking up staff jobs elsewhere in the Army.

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Also to know is, can the SAS tell their family?

The S.A.S. or Special Air Service, is a Special Operations Organisation of the British Army. The SAS is a secret organisation. Its members often do not tell anyone except close family that they are in it.

Beside above, what age do you have to leave the SAS? Any male that is 18 to 32 without prior military service can become a part of the special unit. The age limit is up to 42 years for staying in the unit, but training and acceptance has to occur at 32 years or 34 years depending on military service. Besides age there are other requirements to fulfil.

Thereof, how many times can you apply for the SAS?

Selection is held twice a year regardless of conditions. Personnel must have a level of prior regular or reserve military experience and for regulars must have at least 39 months of service remaining on completion of selection as well as not exceeding the age of 35.

Is SAS better than Navy SEALs?

British SAS focus on a lot of the same things, minus the maritime operations. A better comparison would be between the SEALs and the Special Boat Service (SBS). SAS does more hostage rescue/CT operations than the SEALs do unless you count a special SEALs department – DEVGRU.

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Which is better SAS or SBS?

With the SBS (until recently) drawing its ranks from the Royal Marines, it is suggested that an SBS operator has a greater level of experience of soldiering than many of their SAS counterparts. The demands of working in the water demands a higher level of fitness and mental toughness than the SAS.

Can special forces tell family?

As far as letting people know you are in Special Forces, that's OK, but most operators won't tell you that they are or ever were. If you are in a classified duty assignment, you should leave everything about you on the base.

Can you tell people you are special forces?

Special Operational Forces units are allowed to tell their families and friends that they are Navy SEAL's, SF operators (Green Berets) or rangers but many choose not to tell random people that they met.

How much does SAS soldier earn?

Recruits are drawn from other army units, but only one applicant in 20 passes the gruelling four-week selection process. SAS soldiers' pay ranges from less than £25,000 a year to around £80,000, depending on their skills and rank. This compares with a basic £13,000 for privates in other regiments.

Are the SAS overrated?


TLDR: No, Special Operations Forces are not overrated in the least. They just aren't the X-Men or the Avengers. That's probably because their success rate is quite low compared to other special forces.

Is the SAS the best force in the world?

The SAS are undisputably among the best SF units in the world but there is also plenty of proof that the rest of the world has caught or is catching up. There's not a great deal of difference in quality between the various SF units around the world, they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Can you go straight into Special Forces?

Recruits can enlist straight into Special Forces.
These recruits go through basic training and then immediately enter the Special Forces training pipeline. If they fail or are simply aren't selected during the Special Forces assessment, they are re-assigned to infantry.

Are paras better than SAS?

The Paras just have to be fit. Not every para that goes for selection for SF passes. The SAS has a wider specialization in terms of skills, the Paras is generally narrower. Its hard to get into the Para's its exeedingly difficult to get in the SAS.

Can you join the SAS without being in the Army?

You can join as a direct entry volunteer without previous military service, as a serving Army Reserve soldier or an ex-Regular soldier - simply apply online. You pass the selection course to be accepted as a member of the SAS (Reserve).

Is SAS and SBS selection the same?


Thanks for the A2A. As mentioned in other answers, the SAS and the SBS share the same initial selection process.

Can you join the SAS as a civilian?

Outside of the SAS Reserves, the SAS doesn't recruit civilians. To be eligible to join the SAS, you must be an official member of one of the uniformed services of the British Armed Forces — either the Naval Service (comprised of the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos), the British Army, or the Royal Air Force.

Can an American join the SAS?

There actually are simple Yes. The British military has an open door policy to American citizens that meet the criteria. Once you've served 3 years in a regiment or corps you can apply for SAS/SBS selection.

How do I get fit for SAS selection?

The full-time SAS only selects from soldiers with at least 3 years experience. So the answer would have to be: keep reasonably fit (do CrossFit, or run, or play a sport to university 1st team standard), finish your studies, join the army and the army will help you get fit enough for selection when you are eligible.

How hard is it to join the SAS?

Yes, members of the SAS are very, very tough but that is not all. Getting selected also requires candidates to have the mental aptitude for special forces work. It's a bit like being selected for fighter pilot training, you have to be able to fly the plane instinctively.

Can you join the SAS from the Royal Marines?


So yes, a marine can apply to join the SAS and like wise someone can apply to join the SBS from the RAF……..

Are SAS commandos?

22SAS (22nd Regiment, Special Air Service) are a Special Forces unit/ Tier 1 operatives in US terminology. There is no such thing as 'SAS Commandos'. They are not Special Forces. Again, any member of HM Armed Forces can apply for the AACC which boasts a 70–80% failure rate.

Where is 23 SAS based?

23 Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve)
23 Special Air Service
Type Long-range reconnaissance patrol
Role Reconnaissance Long-range patrols
Part of 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade
Garrison/HQ Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom