Don’t know how dense the Beacons are, but I doubt anyone is moving through heavy vegetation for 20 miles at any decent amount of speed. For reference, Delta Force takes all day for the 40-miler (you start in the dark and end in the dark), but a good portion of that is roads and trails.
And I don’t know about the rest of the Coalition nations (Brit/Belg/etc), but ‘Paras’ in the U.S. don’t have any type of selection course. You go to basic, Infantry school, Airborne, and get orders to an Airborne Division.
And to preempt any slack-jawed Army Airborne pukes who want to talk about how badass they are, I’ve been to Airborne school, and any course that graduates 3-400 people per class (including chicks and college kids) is NOT a selection course. No disrespect to what they do (somebody has to do the conventional jobs), but SF it ain’t.[/quote]
Thanks for the info. We don’t have chicks in 3rd Battalion RAR here in Australia. Training includes static line jumps from as low as 200 feet, stretcher bearing races and forced marches. That’s why I said I’m more interested in replies from Britain/Germany/Aus/NZ/SA.
Also, I’m aware that SFs selection is way more hardcore but many of the Delta/SAS guys have been through the paras first.