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1) Join the military. I am not trying to be funny but getting to selection fitness before Kapooka is a waste of time, also you may find military life much different to what you imagined and will quickly decide spending long periods outside your comfort zone not such a great idea after all. If you really want to train up hard then just do a lot of pack marching/bushwalking. The athletic fitness requirements are easy to reach but endurance is a mental ability as well as physical.
2) Join the Army. Unless you want to be a CD (in which case the direct entry scheme is a good deal) the Navy and Airforce are going to make it harder. Service transfers are a bitch and can take years.
3) Join the Infantry. 95% of SF come from Infantry. If you want to hedge your bets go ahead, but if you hate Infantry you probably won't like SF anyway so it’s a good way to get a feel for it. Most things you can learn in the army that will set you up for later life as a civilian have a ROSO and they will not want to lose you to SF once they have spent the money giving you skills.
4) Don't worry that Kapooka sucks and keep your mouth shut about your plans. The instructors you look up to as hard and squared at Kapooka you will probably laugh about later. Most of them will consider you telling them you aim for SF as the same as you saying 'I think I am better than you' as they never tried out or if they did, failed. If you love marching around, saluting, painfully anal range shoots and all the other bullshit you learn there then you most likely wont like SF. Also be aware that you will most likely lose fitness at Kapooka because you don’t do much and its all piss weak.
5) Lie to the medics when you are getting tested. Unless its impossible to hide, tell them you have never even had a scratch, your shins never hurt when running in boots and you absolutely never had any hint of respiration problems from hay fever or asthma.
6) Lie to the psychs but be careful. Be aware the majority of SF guys were not the A kids that behaved. Many were nothing but trouble at school. The psychs know this but don’t come across like and angry nutcase. It should be obvious what questions to lie about. You are probably going to be tested again in your career, so try to remember some of the bullshit you made up.
7) When training for selection follow the program listed on this site. Its tried and tested and been used by many. If you can complete it you are physically ready. While on it eat and eat. Carbs, protein, everything. Try to eat so much you don’t lose fat: the program is hard work. Starting with 14% body fat is a big advantage over starting with 6%.
8) As soon as you want to and are allowed go for it. Don’t listen to anyone who says you cant do it, your not fit enough, your too small, weak, stupid, etc. Let SF decide. If you have completed the program mentioned above and you get a spot on selection you will pass if you want it bad enough and don’t get injured.
9) Prep your feet and wear in some boots. The issued boots are crap, try to find out if they will allow altama’s etc on your particular course and don’t just go off the joining instruction. There are a million dumbass ways to prep and protect your feet but the simple ones work. A thin inner sock to lessen the rub and wick the moisture, a little metho after a stomp to dry and harden the skin and plenty of air when possible.
10) Keep your mouth shut on selection. None of the staff want to hear how great you are and they definitely don’t want to hear any excuses. Nor are they interested in the size of your blisters. Whimpering noises are a definite no.
11) Keep your head up. There will be times you cant help but look completely fu*ked, but if you can maintain a degree of control over your appearance. Looking tired is ok, looking pathetic is bad.
12) If your not Infantry get with one and learn how to live in the field. Pogo’s can be spotted a mile away, they are pigs that spread shit everywhere, have essential kit in the centre of their pack, cant eat tactically etc etc. Just standing around in marching order you can tell a pogue from a grunt by the way they wear their pack. If you pass selection you may not pass the patrol course/ other courses because you cant learn the essentials quick enough.
13) Get an alice pack. The standard issue pack is useless. At the absolute least get an alice frame.
14) Train in the gear you are taking on course, in the same configuration. You don’t want to be testing new kit or configurations just before, or during testing.
15) Prepare to be out of your comfort zone. This seems easy while on the couch at home but you really want to know what its like before you start. Feeling like you absolutely cant go on but just focusing on the next 5 steps is an essential.