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Special Forces (Reserve)

United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve UKSF(R) comprising of 21 SAS(R), 23 SAS(R), SBS(R) and 63 (SAS) Signals Sqn (R), is tasked to the highest level and can operate in difficult and often changing circumstances, sometimes in absence of guidance and within situations that have significant operational and strategic importance.

The kind of individuals required to operate successfully in these circumstances are not found in abundance. The selection process for entry into UKSF(R) seeks to identify the qualities and potential of those suitable for service within UKSF(R).


Core Requirement

At the heart of UKSF(R) are physically and mentally robust and resilient men who have the confidence, courage and skill to operate individually or in small teams, often in isolation and in a hostile environment.


Volunteers for UKSF(R)

UKSF(R) accept male volunteers who have no previous military service aged 18 to 32 or male volunteers who have had previous military service with any part of the Regular or Reserve Armed Forces (RN, RM, Army, and RAF) up to the age of 34. Volunteers must be able to commit to considerable training demands and willing to deploy overseas.

UKSF(R) Support Staff are not required to pass selection however must maintain a level of fitness and commitment. The specific trades required in support of UKSF(R) are:

  • Drivers, Chefs, Vehicle Mechanics and Clerical staff willing to transfer to the units.
  • Medical Staff are also required however they must have either previous military service with qualifications to CMT1 level or a civilian who holds a national qualification in emergency response or nursing.

Equality and Diversity

UKSF(R) operates in accordance with Government policy on the employment of women in the Armed Forces. Females are not allowed to serve with tactical sub-units however appointments do exist in administrative roles and as Special Forces Communicators.


Information and Literature Disclaimer

Information and literature regarding the unit courses is not commercially available, we do not support or encourage sites and or books purporting to give advice as to how to pass selection. Volunteers will be given authentic advice on application and during the induction periods.