Special Forces Screen Test
The Special Forces Screen Test is conducted over approximately a 7 hour period and includes a range of physical assessments. There will also be a cognitive screening aspect to the test, which will involve an interview before a Special Forces panel. Both of these activities are designed to determine your suitability to attend the Commando Selection and Training Course.
To be assessed as suitable, you must complete a fitness assessment involving:
• Push ups (cadence);
• Chin ups (cadence);
• Vertec (vertical leap);
• Flexibility Test;
• Sit up Test;
• Beep Test;
• Agility Test;
• Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test;
• Pack March (5km carrying 40kg); and
• Swim Test (2min tread water before swimming 400m in DPCU);
There is no minimum standard during this testing and you will be measured against all other candidates. At the conclusion of a Special Forces Screen Test, a Selection Advisory Committee will be convened to determine whether you have the potential for service in Special Forces and whether you are suitable to attend the Commando Selection and Training Course. Their determination will be made on your performance at recruit training, infantry training, and the Accelerated Infantry Training program, and on your results from the Special Forces Screen Test.
Candidates who do not pass the Special Forces Screen Test and are not recommended by the Selection Advisory Committee will be encouraged to undertake training for critical support trades within Special Forces (or within the general Army).
In summary, this phase of your training will get you to a point where you are assessed as suitable to commence the Commando Selection and Training Course. It will take you at least 27 weeks to reach this point, depending on the length of your recruit training.