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Selection Bullet Points

A podcast where we discuss all topics related to Special Operations selection.

Episodes

Episode 46 - Selection Tip #019

In this episode, I discuss how no one knows they've passed selection once they finish. You won't either. You will stuff up on selection, guaranteed, but that doesn't mean you'll fail selection - you can still pass!

Episode 45 - Selection Tip #343

In this episode, I discuss how you don't need to be full-time Infantry to pass selection... there are other pathways! Listen to find out which avenue may be right for you. 

Episode 44 - Selection Tip #079

In this episode, I discuss the importance of keeping everything the same in the lead up to the SF entry test and selection. Making any drastic changes just before these events can really hinder your performance.

Episode 43 - Don't Be A Jack Prick

In this episode, I discuss the importance of being a team player throughout the selection process and how to avoid being cast as the "jack prick". You don't want to be this guy!

Episode 42 - Selection Tip #308

In this episode, I discuss the pros and cons of putting on weight for selection. While packing on some extra kilos for selection sounds like a good idea, it can certainly be a hindrance too. 

Episode 41 - Selection Tip #223

In this episode, I expand on my selection tip #223: Operational security still applies 10 beers deep. Just because you've passed selection, don't think you're in the unit yet. And definitely don't talk out of school.

Episode 40 - Selection Tip #009

In this episode, I discuss why it's extremely important to have your life square away before attempting selection/reo. Any distractions that take your concentration and focus off the selection process will hinder your chances of passing.

Episode 39 - How To Crush The SFET Interview

In this episode, I discuss what you need to do to prepare for the SFET interview panel. This is conducted at the end of SFET. There are some things you definitely should do, there are some things you definitely should avoid!

Episode 38 - SFET Timeline & Scores

In this episode, I discuss the SFET format, order of activities and required scores you need to not only pass but be competitive. I also cover some tips and tricks to prepare for SFET and selection.

Episode 37 - SF Reo Cycle Courses

In this episode, I discuss the different courses you'll be completing throughout the reinforcement cycle. A great time, but a tricky time! What can you do now to prepare for reo? Listen to the episode to find out.

Episode 36 - How To Smash The 20km

In this episode, I discuss energy requirements for longer physical training sessions. I detail what you need to do to ensure you're replacing spent fuel during these sessions so you can perform at your best and not risk becoming hypoglycaemic. This is particularly relevant for the 20km pack march on selection.

Episode 35 - Decisions, Deployments & DRS

In this episode, I answer a number of selection relevant questions including the Officer vs Soldier pathway, current SF deployments, attempting selection from another branch, not receiving a recommendation to reapply, pack marching tips & more.

Episode 34 - ARA vs ARES

In this episode, I discuss the pros and cons of joining the full-time Army (or Military) versus Army Reserves, and which course of action may be better for you in preparing for selection.

Episode 33 - Passing & Failing Selection

In this episode, I discuss the reasons why a candidate would finish selection, but not pass. I also discuss the criteria you will be assessed on throughout selection and the reasons a candidate may fail the reinforcement cycle.

Episode 32 - SFDRS Pathway Breakdown

In this episode, I break down the SFDRS pathway from Kapooka all the way through to becoming a badged Operator. If you're thinking of going down this pathway, this episode is for you.

Episode 31 - Aptitude, Attitude & the ARA

In this episode, I answer a number of selection related questions I received over the holiday period relating to aptitude testing, sniper training, blister management, pack marching & more.

Episode 30 - Snipers, Selection Nutrition & Hydration

In this episode, I answer 15 questions that were asked of me recently. Topics include the SF sniper course, best swimming stroke, GPS watches, pack weight, TAG duties, SFDRS and more. 

Episode 29 - Selection Is Voluntary

In this episode, I discuss the unique aspect of selection being voluntary, which is completely at odds with anything else in the Military. If you underestimate or are underprepared for this, your selection attempt will be short-lived.

Episode 28 - Motivation, Selection Surprises & PTG's

In this episode, I discuss staying motivated in the Regular Army, the surprises from this year's Commando selection course as well as lateral transfer & direct entry into a Police Tactical Group. 

Episode 27 - How To Improve Your Navigation Skills

In this episode, I discuss how to improve your navigation skills in preparation for selection. Navigation is a crucial skill that you must be proficient in before you begin selection. Follow these navigation tips and tricks and be ready to execute on selection.

Episode 26 - 11 SF Related Questions Answered

In this episode, I answer 11 questions that were emailed through recently. Topics include: Why I left SF, exchange opportunities within SF, tips for putting on weight, expected pack weight for the navigation phase and the use of Condy's crystals for feet hardening + more.

Episode 25 - My Special Operations Journey

In this episode, I discuss my pathway to Special Operations. As you'll hear I made a lot of mistakes along the way before finally making it. Your selection journey may follow a similar path and you'll need to be persistent to ensure you "work it out" if you want the beret and everything that comes with it.

Episode 24 - Getting BOS'd Off Selection

In this episode, I discuss the criteria each Special Operations candidate is being assessed on throughout selection. I go through the reasons why a candidate could be removed from selection and/or not pass, and what ultimately selection is really all about.

Episode 23 - Selection Pathways

In this episode, I discuss the different pathways you can take towards Army Special Forces selection, including from the full-time Army, Army Reserves, SFDRS and other Military branches. I also discuss the fitness activities and benchmarks you'll be required to reach IOT pass as well as be competitive. Finally, I discuss the different elements of the actual selection course. 

Episode 22 - SF Personality Types

In this episode, I discuss what personality types make it through selection and into a Special Operations unit. I also discuss the 16 personalities test, go through a little experiment I conducted and put it all into perspective.

Episode 21 - Injuries & Selection

In this episode, I discuss injuries and selection. Possible injuries that could hinder your selection chances and those that could even prevent you from joining the Defence Force. I also discuss injuries and sports - specifically BJJ.

Episode 20 - Selection Q&A

In this episode, I answer various selection related questions that were emailed in by my subscriber base. Topics include: reasons one could fail selection, training around injuries, and the combined selection course occurring from next year.

Episode 19 - Selection Concerns & Solutions

In this episode, I discuss some of the possible concerns a candidate may have when preparing for selection, and I also provide solutions to those problems.

Episode 18 - Impostor Syndrome

In this episode, I discuss how to overcome the impostor syndrome and how to change your mindset into a more positive belief that you can actually pass selection.


Episode 17 - UTA100 Trail Race

This episode is a little different - in it, I discuss my attempt at completing the Ultra Trail Australia 100km race held at the Blue Mountains a couple of weeks ago. It was much tougher than I'd anticipated and some great lessons were learned!

Episode 16 - Special Forces Salary

In this episode, I discuss the salary for Special Forces soldiers and why it's recently been changed on the Army website from $120k down to $87k. Did SF receive a pay reduction?!


Episode 15 - Adaptive Coping Strategies

In this episode, I discuss some of the adaptive coping strategies that you can employ to help you get through a tough physical training session. Whether that be on selection or during your everyday training.


Episode 14 - What's the ideal age to attempt selection?

In this episode, I discuss the age question regarding selection. When's the best age to attempt it? When is too early? When is too late? 

Episode 13 - Don't talk yourself off selection

In this episode, I discuss the reasons why a candidate might talk themselves into quitting selection and how you can avoid the same negative mindset.

Episode 12 - Dealing with the haters

In this episode, I discuss dealing with the haters that you may come across when going after your Special Operations dream.

Episode 11 - Is SFDRS worth it?

In this episode, I discuss the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme pathway and if it's actually worth pursuing considering the high failure rate.

Episode 10 - Improving your 3.2km run

In this episode, I discuss the different ways to improve your 3.2km run time... a critical (and tough) component of SF selection.

Episode 9 - Finishing, but not passing...

In this episode, I discuss some of the potential reasons why a candidate could complete selection, but not get selected to continue onto the reinforcement cycle.

Episode 8 - Having a bad day...

In this episode, I discuss what you should do on selection, during a PT session, if you're having an off day and feel as though you're going to break yourself.

Episode 7 - If I had to do selection again...

In this episode, I discuss the five (5) areas I would focus on if I had to prepare for selection again.

Episode 6 - Narrowing Your Focus

In this episode, I discuss how you must narrow your focus the closer you get to selection. You must make sleep a priority and be brutal in saying no to external BS.

Episode 5 - CDO & SASR Differences

What is the difference between the Special Air Service Regiment and the 2nd Commando Regiment?

Episode 4 - Pacing Selection

How should you pace yourself throughout selection? You don't want to go too hard too early, otherwise, you'll burn out.

Episode 3 - Toughest Stage of Selection

A) What was the toughest stage of selection & how did you overcome it? B) My pessimistic (probably incorrect) default setting.

Episode 2 - Sleep Deprivation

Effects of sleep deprivation and whether or not you can train for it. Nutrition in relation to shiftwork, your circadian rhythm, and naps. 

Episode 1 - Stress Strategies

A) How did you deal with nerves leading into selection? B) What tips do you have to prepare your body physically for selection?

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