While watching ‘SAS: Are you tough enough’ (AYTE) (A TV show about the SAS (Special Air Service) training/selection process in which some people who’ve never had military experience, and think they are ‘tough enough’ go through a series of mentally and physically challanging stages, each one worse than the last, and all pretty horible demorralizing, very tough) and knowing that
A) The real SAS training is probably at least 10 times worse, a lot more prolonged , and more dangerous (with live rounds, real beatings etc…) than the training on AYTE.
B) Members of the SAS never stop training (they cycle between Jungle, urban, anti-terrorist, etc… throughout their regimental life, when they are not on excercises they are training), and
I got to wondering - why do they do it? What is in it for them, apart from maybe a good wage and pension?
Am I missing something?
(Note: this is not UKcentric, as I’d imagine the process is similar for Special forces in most countries)