SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

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Want to ‘have a go’ at the S.F. Experience?

The Special Forces Experience (S.F. Experience) can be described as one of the toughest, military-inspired, civilian courses in the world. In 2013 a small cadre of ex-SF soldiers organised a physical endurance event in the Brecon Beacons in remembrance of three soldiers who had recently died while taking part in an UK Special Forces Selection course.… Read More

Fancy Winning the Chance to Train with an Ex-US Special Forces Operator?

Crooked Horse Productions, a documentary television company, is developing an exciting new TV series featuring the legendary Pat McNamara, a 22-year veteran of US Army Special Operations, for a major US network. They are casting for military recruits looking to increase their chances at passing Selection. Since retiring from active service, Pat has been running Combat… Read More

AFSOC Special Tactics Officer Selection: What Place Accelerometry & Salivary Cortisol?

Research Paper Title Accelerometry and salivary cortisol response during Air Force Special Tactics Officer selection. Background Special Tactics Officer (STO) selection is conducted to select officers to enter the combat controller training pipeline. The aims were to determine physical activity patterns, estimate energy expenditure, and identify whether return and/or unsuccessful candidates demonstrated differences in cortisol… Read More

New TV Documentary ‘The Selection: Special Operations Experiment’

Taking part in military-style fitness and TV programmes is all the rage at the moment. Just started showing here in Australia on Tuesday nights is a new TV programme ‘The Selection’ – or The Selection: Special Operations Experiment to give the full title – which is a reality documentary taking 30 men and women with no military… Read More

Decision-Making and Going Uphill…

“There is a saying inside the organization that you shouldn’t make a decision while you are going uphill,” said the Lead Instructor. “The decision to see things through and to persevere should be made before you start the task.” (Lee, 2015). Lee, D. (2015) MARSOC Begins Screening And Assessment. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.marines.com/news/-/news-story/detail/NEWS_13MAR2015_MARSOC-BEGINS-SCREENING-ASSESSMENT_MARINESMIL. [Accessed: 31… Read More

SAS: Who Dares Wins, Episode 2 Tonight

Don’t forget that episode 2 (day 3/4) of SAS: Who Dares Wins (which mimics the UK Special Forces Selection process) is on Channel 4 @ 21:00 (9pm). Only 20 of the original 30 contestants are still in, and I’m looking forward to Sam the Trainee Stuntman (who is ‘fitter’ than everyone else and going to… Read More