Predicting success on a special forces selection course: Validating standards
Orr, R. M., Hunt, A. P., & Billing, D. C. (2011). Predicting success on a special forces selection course: Validating standards. Abstract presented at the Defence human sciences symposium, Melbourne, Australia.
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Extract: Selection of personnel for employment within the Australian Army Special Forces (SF) involves the successful completion of a physically and mentally demanding selection course. Candidates fail to complete the course for a variety of reasons including; withdrawal on own request (WOR), failure to meet training requirements, failure to meet physical fitness standards, and injury. The broad impacts of candidate failure range from the financial costs of selection, transport and potential medical treatment to the loss of future manpower for Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) and return of injured or disenchanted members to their originating unit. Previous research investigating physiological predictors of success on the Commando Selection and Training Course (CSTC) has proposed pass/fail standards for several assessments on the revised Special Forces Entry Test (SFET). The aim of the present investigation was to validate these SFET standards in a different population of candidates, (Special Air Service Selection Course (SAS-SC)) as a means of predicting SF selection course survivability.
Robin M. Orr, Andrew P. Hunt, and Daniel C. Billing. "Predicting success on a special forces selection course: Validating standards" Defence human sciences symposium. Melbourne, Australia. Nov. 2011.