The British Special Air Service (SAS) is widely regarded as the ultimate elite fighting unit. Many of the worlds’ top special forces utilise tactics employed by the SAS: the original elite fighting force of the modern age.
The British SAS Qualification Statement:
I agree to carry out arduous duties with no recognition, no rewards, no promotions, and no medals
Introduction to SAS Squadrons
There are four SAS ‘Sabre’ Squadrons (labelled A,B,D & G) each contains around 64men, the squadron is composed of four troops called Special Projects Teams each with 16 men which are further sub-divided into 4 four-men assault teams.
Each troop has its own speciality: boat troop (all aspects of amphibious warfare); Mobility Troop (Land Rovers, fast attack vehicles and motorcycles); Air Troop (freefall parachuting); and mountain troop (mountaineering and winter warfare operations.)
All soldiers are rotated through different troops during their three-year service with the regiment. This ensures that each man has at least two troop skills in addition to his patrol skills. This cross-training guarantees that each four-man patrol contains a broad cross-section of military expertise. In addition each sabre squadron is periodically rotated through CRW duty forming the anti terrorist team.