Special Forces (SAS Reserve)


This is available as a part time Army role.


Special Air Service (Reserve) are tasked to the highest level and can operate in difficult and often changing circumstances. They may find themselves operating without guidance, and in situations that are important operationally and strategically.

Training For The Role

Before you attempt the selection course you must first complete the basic military training courses. Then you can apply to take the challenging selection course. This is run twice a year, and is both physically and mentally challenging:

Hills Prep Course - Hills Prep Course is a progressively arduous course of drill nights and weekends over several months, requiring a candidate to demonstrate mental and physical robustness. It is designed to prepare applicants for the rigours of the Aptitude phase.

Aptitude Phase -  Aptitude consists of a series of progressive marches against the clock, which culminates with a testing endurance march over arduous terrain. 

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Tactics Course - You'll then start another six months of training, over drill nights and weekends. You'll receive instruction and assessment on Special Forces tactics, techniques and procedures, including weapons and SOPs. During this progressive course, you'll learn new skills while under mental and physical pressure. The course culminates in a two-week final exercise.

Soldiers will be trained to an operationally deployable status.

After selection, you'll start a probation period, where you'll complete a basic parachute course, a communication course and a SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist and Extract) course. Once you've finished these, you'll be eligible for mobilisation if needed.

You'll continue to receive training and skill development during your time serving in the SAS.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

When you join your squadron you learn new skills and knowledge that reinforce your earlier Army training. You also develop an in-depth knowledge of Special Forces operational procedures and skills.

Pay and Benefits

On successful completion of basic training, the starting daily rate for an SAS Trooper is over £110, plus all the usual Army Reserve service incentives.


More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"This is an opportunity for soldiers to work within a unique, independent organisation which takes pride in its heritage, role and professionalism. Service is physically and intellectually challenging, but the rewards are significant."


You can join as a direct entry volunteer without previous military service, as a serving Army Reserve soldier or an ex-Regular soldier - simply apply online. You pass the selection course to be accepted as a member of the SAS (Reserve).

There are SAS reserve units in the following areas:


21 SAS (call 0800 587 2825)

London & South East
M3/M4 Corridor
East Anglia
South West

23 SAS (call 0800 028 5650)

North of England