Candidates for the South African Police Special Task Force are selected for training exclusively on a voluntary basis and may opt out at any stage.
Applicants must have completed the six (6) month long basic police college training and must have had two (2) years’ active service. Only non-commissioned officers between the ages of twenty-one (21) and thirty (30) will be considered.
Prior to acceptance for training, candidates are required to undergo pre-selection and orientation and a letter of recommendation must be provided by the current course officer.
The pre-selection or preparation and condition phase, PREPCON, has an average turn away rate of fifty (50) percent. For example, the results from a Special Task Force Training Course saw a total of 453 applicants with only 108 remaining subsequent to pre-selection. The reasons provided for rejection included lack of physical fitness or inability to swim. Of the 108 successful pre-selection candidates, forty-two (42) completed PREPCON while a mere twenty (20) candidates successfully finished ’vasbyt’.