Airdate: SAS: The Search for Warriors
For the first time in 25 years the Australian SAS lift their strict veil of secrecy in a new SBS documentary.
For the first time in 25 years the Australian SAS lift their strict veil of secrecy to reveal what it takes to pass the toughest military selection course in the world.
This rare, two part documentary series SAS: The Search for Warriors is set to air on SBS in December.
It follows the journey of 131 hopefuls as they attempt a brutal 21 day trial.
The Special Air Service Regiment, officially known as the SASR and commonly referred to as the SAS, is a special force unit of the Australian Army. The SAS is the world’s supreme fighting force. It is a secretive organisation and the identities of those who serve in it cannot be revealed. Based at Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, Perth, Western Australia, the SAS is widely regarded as the world’s most elite military unit.
To join this revered Special Forces group, applicants who are known only as “Candidates”, must first pass the selection course which is the most physically challenging and psychologically demanding military selection process in the world.
The candidates are subjected to constant and crushing physical exercise, extreme psychological tasks designed to erode their confidence and torturous sleep deprivation. Each man is stripped back to the core of his being to see what he is really made of.
One of their first tasks is to strip naked in front of one another, as well as the training officers.
“The cause for stripping them naked is to level them out . . . we populate the staff with as many women as possible also as another psychological ploy to play on their minds. It’s not a comfortable thing to be standing their nude with people looking at you whilst you put your socks on.” – Sergeant G, Selection Course Instructor.
Witness the strange role playing and mind games, the gruelling physical endurance tests and the blood, sweat and tears experienced by each candidate as they battle to become one of the world’s most superior soldiers.
SAS: The Search for Warriors is part of SBS’s Australian Documentary Season, Secrets and Lives. The captivating season is a snapshot of Australian life that is guaranteed not to be seen anywhere else on television. The compelling, at times provocative season includes six new documentaries taking viewers into a range of extraordinary worlds in contemporary Australia and, through the incredible characters that inhabit each documentary, explores themes that are inspiring and thought-provoking.
It begins Tuesday 7th December at 8.30pm
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