Just started reading Damn Few by rorke denver (one of the seals in act of valour) opening to it he says BUDS is the hardest military selection anywhere,harder than army special forces,air force pararescue,british SAS and Dutch KCT.
The selection you pass is the hardest; the selection you fail is easy, but failure is blamed on a third party/external factor.
Every SF considers their's the hardest, and rightfully so.
It doesn't matter who's really is the hardest.
Mate, we've got to talk. I don't know if you heard, but well, Jim Shortt got found out walting a bit.
Well, it does. Because the easier the selection process the less refined the product at the end. People fail basic entry tests into an armed force - and the standards in place can be objectively assessed for how hard they would be compared to others.
That would have to take into account the role which that unit is trained for. Short or long term? Direct action or something like ISTAR. PF selection is longer and by all accounts harder than some other countries SF units selections yet PF are not SF.
The question has been banded around since the beginning of time but is always brushed aside with generalised answers.
Personally; I'd say everything is down to the performance of the unit on its assigned tasks; but that does not answer the question either.
Rumours put about by jealous people. He passed every single SF selection ever, did 22's selection twice a year just to show the young 'uns how its done, he set up every single SF unit east of the Danube, and almost single handedly drove those pesky Commies out of Afghanistan in '89.
All while wearing a kilt and 35kg of various medals and trinkets.
Is he still operating out of that castle near Ardee? Haven't heard too much about him lately....