Selection tests taken by recruits hoping to enrol in Britain’s elite special operations forces are to be softened to protect them from dangers such as extreme temperatures, it has been reported.
The changes are understood to include a weather test which could lead to the selection week being postponed if the weather is too hot, cold or humid.
The reported changes come less than a month after a coroner ruled that neglect played a part in the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during a 16-mile SAS test march in 2013. Hilary Meredith Solicitors represented the father of Corporal James Dunsby – one of three SAS trainees who died from heat exhaustion on the endurance march in the Welsh Brecon Beacons – at the Inquest in to their deaths.
The changes will apply to the aptitude test week for the regular and the reserve SAS from next year and will also include more water stops along routes through the Brecon Beacons and practice sessions allowing recruits to become accustomed to the terrain before their selection week.
“The softening of selection tests for our elite forces is not the solution,” says Hilary Meredith.
“The most important requirement is emergency assistance for those taking part in the tests. No one should die on a selection course, let alone three men in one session. Adequate risk assessments and procedures need to be put in place.”