by filupe Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:15 pm
its good to know that even Asians can make it into the SASR; over here in Sydney, many regard us inferior
At different times, I have met Asians from 1 RAR and 3 RAR. I think there are less Asians represented per capita, certainly in the regular forces, probably a bit better in the reserve forces. I think the military road has never been a particularly 'asian' calling, certainly not in Australia - most opting for more 'professional' careers.
Surprisingly, Asians have had a long but largely unknown history in the Australian Army, some managing to join the 1st AIF despite restrictions. Some of the more well known being Billy Sing
, the sniper at Gallipoli, and Jack Wong Sue
, a 'Z Force' commando in WWII. An article on Asians in the Australian Army appeared in the first issue of 'Army' magazine from the early 90's.
one part of the documentary i don't understand is the part the bloke was invited to help a 'tribesman' to capture a command post. The candidate comes up with a plan but the tribesman got angry and tell the candidate to leave, saying 'Australia is not my friend'. Does he lose points for this failure? If the guy is satisfied with the the candidates plan, do they actually carry the plan out?
I think this was more an exercise in thinking tactically and instinctively given the 'behind-the-lines' scenario that SF operators would normally face. One of the increasing dilemmas of modern special forces is the increasing need to balance both 'direct action' and 'hearts-and-minds' roles - the execution and objectives of which can occasionally clash.