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Monday 17th February 2003
The SAS - a brief history
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As another set of volunteers goes through hell to prove they're tough enough for the SAS we look at the history of the regiment.
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FACTS

The SAS were founded in 1941

They were the brainchild of Captain David Stirling

Their base is at Credenhill near Hereford
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SAS SELECTION
SAS badge On average only 10 out of the 125 people taking the selection procedure will pass.
 
SAS badge The first three weeks of selection is held in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
 
SAS badge One of the toughest tests is the notorious Long Drag.
 
SAS badge Soldiers have to complete a 40 mile course carrying a 55lb back.
 
SAS badge To pass the course they have to complete the 40 miles in between 20 and 24 hours.
 
SAS badge After completing this section the survivors are moved on to the jungle phase.
 
SAS badge The final phase of selection is Escape and Evasion and TQ( or Tactical Questioning).
 
SAS badge The soldiers are on the run usually for about 3 days.
 
SAS badge If you pass all sections then you can join the SAS, and the real work begins.
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