Special Forces opportunities?

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  1. How does it all work out? I'm guessing you can't go straight in, but how do you go about applying for SBS as an officer? Is it the same selection process as for non-officer entry?

    I also heard about STC branch. At risk of seeming like a bit of a nobber, is this for real or is it some sort of standing Rum Ration joke? I read the thread about it, but didn't see anything about officers, really.
  2. We don't talk about "them", especially STC, on an open forum.
  3. How dare you question the integrity of the STC Branch! There founder, Captain "Dinger" Bell would be turning in his grave!
  4. Check your PM's, Rampant.
  5. Turning in his gravel :slow: sorry should have my reading specs on.
  6. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    Do the STC recruit Officers directly, or is it sideways entry? Just curious, I don't think women can join can they? (I'll be sticking with Logistics anyway thanks...)
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Special Forces opportunities are available for all ranks from all services regardless of gender.

    Those that want to be the gun-toting guy swinging off the rope through an Embassy window, follwing the stun grenade, should be aware that due to government policy, only males will be directly employed in a close-quarters combat role, although the lines are sometimes blurred and that 'troopers' themselves tend to be mainly Ratings/Other Ranks. Correspondingly fewer Commissioned Officers are actually "on the ground" for any appreciable stretch of their career.
  8. Yep, nephew was desk bound for most of his time, only got his feet wet on a couple of occasions.
  9. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Well I only had a few chances to "get wet" as an STC Officer. Mostly that would have been doing live Ops where I would be down at the disembarkation point to give a few last min pointers (when to lean, the colour of the bats for passing orders etc). Early on I had one or two STC Basic Ops (Ship borne stuff as a Middy and Sub Lt) and I can look back and smile.

    As an ex=PWO(A) and now PWO(C) I found my time as a STC Officer was filling paperwork, penning the dits for daily orders to get volunteers, checking the gear with the CBM that sort of thing. However when we had IST on for STC Officer Basic Selection I always made a big thing of getting down to the FLight Deck to help out with selection.

    It is a sign of the times that Officers and Ratings are getting much more "seat time" as an STC then we ever used to.

    Ask MLP he is much more current than I am.
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  10. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    What a shame that the STC is a bit more "seat" than "sea" orientated, I had them pegged as a bit more "active" from what MLP wrote in the dedicated STC thread. However, I suppose there is always paperwork which needs to be done, whatever the role/operation etc.

    I can't see myself swinging through Embassy windows and delivering fiery retribution to any miscreants within, but I'll make the tea afterwards and take the photos for Facebook posterity :-D
  11. The officers might shine seats. The lads certainly don't.
  12. How often do these 'STC' recruit? Or am i reading it wrong and it's sideways entry?
  13. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    So do they recruit officers directly MLP?

    I seem to remember it was sideways entry originally for Ratings but with direct entry due to falling numbers. Can't remember what was written about officers.
  14. Generally sideways entry, a bit like "them". You have to prove yourself in the field (so to speak) before selection as you need good writeups from your superiors plus recommendations. Bit like a "walt" filter.
  15. Thanks WreckerL, Better just concentrate on my own choice of trade but i have quite the erection reading about how the STC go about their business.
  16. Drawn from the officer cadre. Mainly warfare and RM. Most only do one three year tour and return to source specialisation. Others, like Cdr "mauve" make it their career.
  17. For joining straight off the streets, there are two entries a year. Because of this, those direct entries for STC jump the queue, generally the wait is never more than 6 months. For sideways entry you must have completed 3 years.
  18. I believe Captain "scarlet" was head honcho for quite a while until relieved by Captain "black"
  19. Oh OK, i think i will stick with MW, i doubt i have the biceps or the strength of mind to pass the course.

    Maybe in the future though.
  20. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    3 years seems like a long tour, unless I'm mistaken. Is STC a large branch, or perhaps I should say, a branch with large requirements... )see below)

    ... as two entries a year seems a lot. On the other hand, 3 years service before sideways entry seems a long wait. Is the failure rate particularly high for STC then?

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