To join the SAS, NZ Army, Navy, or Air Force personnel must successfully pass a fifteen-day (5 days pre-selection, 10 days selection) selection course held in Waiouru. Selection as it is known to service people is described to the Weekend Herald by a participant as “mental and physical torture”.
Among the exercises is the notorious ‘Exercise Von Tempsky’ which is executed on the fifth day of selection course. Von Tempsky consists of 24 hours of marching in either a swamp or sand dunes while carrying rifles and alternately one or two 20-litre jerrycans and a 35kg alice pack. The final exercise is a 60-kilometre endurance march, carrying a 35kg pack, web gear and rifle to be completed in under 20 hours.
Officers undergo an additional 2 days of selection to test for the their suitability to lead SAS soldiers.
Even if candidates make it through the selection course, they must pass psychological, medical and academic tests (plus others) to be chosen for the nine-month SAS training course.
Candidates do not receive the coveted SAS Beret and Corp Belt until they have successfully completed the 9 month cycle training.
- NZSAS Basic Information
- NZSAS History
- NZSAS Current Organisation
- Counter-Terrorist Tactical Assault Group
- NZSAS Selection
- NZSAS Equipment
- NZSAS Notable Members