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  • 60% of the SAS are Paras

    http://www.eliteukforces.info/parachute-regiment/

    Obviously this includes engineers, signallers, RA, logistic reg etc who are jump qualified and then later pass SAS selection. They account for 15% of the 60%.

    "Their ethos, training and experience makes a Para an ideal candidate for joining the Special Air Service. It's been reported that the SAS is now made up of close to 60% ex-Paras."

    Thats still high.

    The route for most is-

    Para battalion - then 1 Para SPSG- then the Pathfinders or SAS.
    Last edited by Vanguard; 20 February 2011, 12:31.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Vanguard View Post
    .....

    The route for most is-

    Para battalion - then 1 Para SPSG- then the Pathfinders or SAS.
    ....then a merc job, then bodyguard to some gangster, then jail?

    What happens after the SAS?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by easyrider View Post
      ....then a merc job, then bodyguard to some gangster, then jail?

      What happens after the SAS?
      I'd imagine they either continue serving in the Regiment or perhaps move onto a different Unit.

      Or of course they retire, enjoy their pension and perhaps do some work in civvi world.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by easyrider View Post
        What happens after the SAS?
        This.......



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        • #5
          pity there is no like button..;-)

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          • #6
            I thought that they automatically got a publishing contract (creative writing is part of their resettlement course, ISTR)
            'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
            'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
            Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
            He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
            http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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            • #7
              Or become like Paddy Doyle. The worlds greatest endurance athlete is ex SAS.


              At the age of 20 yrs he joined the Parachute Regiment and was awarded champion recruit for outstanding fitness levels and determination, he then became a member with 2 Para, passing the 6 week course for patrols / reconnaissance company.

              Later joined the SAS. Holds the record for the 40 miler/long drag. And more then 100 plus world fitness record, some are incredible, 37,350 press ups in 24 hrs.

              http://www.worldendurancechampion.co.uk/

              http://www.recordholders.org/en/records/doyle.html






              # Marathon (44 lb weight): 4:42 hrs, 21 Apr 1991, London Marathon WR
              # Marathon (50 lb weight): 5:04 hrs, 12 Apr 1992, London Marathon WR
              # Marathon (60 lb weight): 7:51 hrs, 17 February 2011 from Warwickshire to the Royal Leamington Spa town centre, UK WR
              # 50 miles (40 lb weight): 11:56:22 hrs, 4. Sep 1993, Bally-Cotton, Ireland WR

              SIT-UPS

              * with a 50 lb plate weight: 5,000 in 5 hrs, 28 Aug 1988, The Firebird Birmingham WR


              BRICK CARRYING

              * 124.25 km [77 mi 350 yd] (in >28 hours), 10/11 Feb 1998 Birmingham-Lower Shuckburgh-Birmingham WR
              129.347 km [80.37 miles] 21 May 2009 in Warwickshire, UK WR


              Push ups
              # 24 hours: 37,350, 1-2 May 1989, Holiday Inn Hotel Birmingham WR
              Last edited by Vanguard; 23 February 2011, 23:39.

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              • #8
                Although this ex Para gives him a run for his money.


                Karl Bushby, a 36 year old ex paratrooper, is chasing that very dream to become the first person to complete an unbroken round the world walk.

                He set off on 1st November 1998, he has completed over 17000 miles. With over 19000 more miles to walk, maintaining his current speed, he should return home to Hull in 2009. All the adventures, trials, tribulations and magical moments are illustrated in his personal journals. Karl has already walked through South and Central and North America.
                Image

                http://www.earthtrekuk.net/

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                • #9
                  Ranulph Fiennes is also ex SAS.







                  On 20 May 2009, Fiennes successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the oldest British person to achieve this. A BBC news report erroneously claimed that Fiennes was the first person to ever have climbed Everest and crossed both polar ice-caps.[4] However, this feat has been completed by a handful of adventurers, firstly in 1994. An incomplete list is available on the Adventurestats website.[5] Fiennes continues to compete in UK based endurance events and has seen recent success in the veteran categories of some Mountain Marathon races. His training nowadays consists of regular two hour runs around Exmoor.

                  Fiennes was appointed OBE in 1993 for "human endeavour and for charitable services" — his expeditions have raised £5 million for good causes.

                  In 1986 Fiennes was awarded the Polar Medal for "outstanding service to British Polar exploration and research."[9] In 1994 he was awarded a second clasp to the Polar Medal,[10] having visited both poles.



                  Despite suffering from a heart attack and undergoing a double heart bypass operation just four months before, Fiennes joined Stroud again in 2003 to carry out the extraordinary feat of completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge for the British Heart Foundation. "In retrospect I wouldn't have done it. I wouldn't do it again. It was Mike Stroud's idea".[1] Their routes were as follows:

                  26 October - Race 1: Patagonia, South America
                  27 October - Race 2: Falkland Islands, "Antarctica"
                  28 October - Race 3: Sydney, Australia
                  29 October - Race 4: Singapore, Asia
                  30 October - Race 5: London, England
                  31 October - Race 6: Cairo, Egypt
                  1 November - Race 7: New York, USA

                  Originally Fiennes had planned to run the first marathon on King George Island, Antarctica. The second marathon would then have taken place in Santiago, Chile. However, bad weather and aeroplane engine trouble caused him to change his plans, running the South American segment in southern Patagonia first and then hopping to the Falklands as a substitute for the Antarctic leg.

                  Speaking after the event, Fiennes said the Singapore Marathon had been by far the most difficult because of high humidity and pollution. He also said his cardiac surgeon had approved the marathons, providing his heart-rate did not exceed a 130 beats per minute. Fiennes later said that he forgot to pack his heart-rate monitor, and as such did not know how fast his heart was beating.

                  ................Not bad for a 67 yr old.

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                  • #10
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_McClean

                    Another ex Para, ex SAS, born in Ireland.


                    Tom McClean is a veteran of both the Parachute Regiment and the SAS



                    Civilian life

                    Following his retirement from military service, McClean gained notoriety through his achievement of numerous feats of endurance. He holds the world record as the first man to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone which he did in 1969. He subsequently gained another world record in 1982 by sailing across the Atlantic in the smallest boat to accomplish that crossing. The self built boat measured 9 feet and 9 inches, and because of the weight of the food took an amazing 7 weeks to cross. His record was broken three weeks later by a sailor manning 9 feet and 1 inch long boat. In response McClean, using a chainsaw, cut 2 feet off his own vessel - making it 7 feet and 9 inches in length. During the return trip he lost his mast and the journey took even longer than his first attempt but he regained the record.

                    In 1985 McClean took up residence on Rockall from 26 May to 4 July and in doing so reaffirmed Britain's claim to the island.[2] Two years later, the then 44 year old McClean set about regaining his transatlantic rowing record and achieved his goal crossing the Atlantic in 54 days (a record still held to this day).


                    A Life of Adventure

                    Tom has a resilience bred into him from a childhood in a tough orphanage and nine years serving with both the Parachute and the ubiquitous S.A.S Regiment. Attempting the impossible, achieving the incredible; he continues to make world news with his extraordinary feats of daring and endurance. Watch a video of Tom's Adventures.
                    Last edited by Vanguard; 23 February 2011, 23:56.

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                    • #11
                      Sir Ranulph Fiennes isn't ex-Para, so how is that pertinent to the thread? Or does he represent the 40% Non-Para?

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                      • #12
                        He must have very little to do!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SwiftandSure View Post
                          Sir Ranulph Fiennes isn't ex-Para, so how is that pertinent to the thread? Or does he represent the 40% Non-Para?

                          Did I say he was ? It was in response to...... Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
                          What happens after the SAS?

                          You posted pics of Simon Mann who is not an ex Para.
                          Last edited by Vanguard; 24 February 2011, 00:55.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Vanguard View Post
                            Did I say he was ? It was in response to...... Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
                            What happens after the SAS?

                            You posted pics of Simon Mann who is not an ex Para.
                            I believe the idea was that amongst other things post SAS carreers involve conducting covert regime change that may/may not work out too well.

                            But clearly you understood this
                            But there's no danger
                            It's a professional career
                            Though it could be arranged
                            With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
                            If you're out of luck you're out of work
                            We could send you to johannesburg.

                            (Elvis Costello, Olivers Army)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by turbocalves View Post
                              I believe the idea was that amongst other things post SAS carreers involve conducting covert regime change that may/may not work out too well.

                              But clearly you understood this
                              So whats the problem with me pointing out they are also involved in other things as well ?

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