Surya wrote:This is a result of Raja's post in the Misc picture thread
This is a chaiwallah story so take it FWIW
During the unfortunate hostage crisis in J&K a long time ago
a small number of TFTA sooper dooper SAS came to the state.
Or SDRE SF offered to send some men with them into the mountains and were told to butt out as sooper dooper operates independently and the goras will get more local help because they are so kind and gentle.
So every morning the sooper dooper SAS would trudge into the mountains and come back weary and empty handed.
And every few days the SDRE SF would keep offering help.
After a couple of weeks - sooper dooper SAS packed up and left with didly squat to show for
That corroborates my chaiwallah story from many many moons ago, when I actually had a chaiwalla
Another tidbit from the chaiwallah was that they (at least two) weren't 'tourists' and were halaled by some deft work of kaccha log (jhoota flag op) not corroborated and hence suspect
This incident got SAS PNG'ed with our SF. Recently though the SBS were allowed to train with our SF.
Re: problem of discipline in SAS, I now recall a conversation with my Brit friend's dad, (ex-SAS), some moons ago.
In his opinion, the character of the armed forces has changed in UK and it reflects onto the SAS as well although not to the extent of the main forces. The training and all is the same but the 'values' are eroding quite a bit, due to the 'lesser' beings allowed in to make up numbers. Also SAS background commands a premium in the private security arena. Combine them all and one finds a reason for the growing indiscipline amongst them. If you are getting more aspiring mercenaries than soldiers, then you have a problems for sure.