Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls

Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls

Author:Bear Grylls
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2012-09-21T04:00:00+00:00

The journey up to battle camp started badly.

“If you can’t even load a bloody truck with all your kit properly, then you’ve got no bloody chance of passing what’s ahead of you, I can assure you of that!” Taff, our squadron DS, barked at us in the barracks before leaving.

I, for one, was more on edge than I had ever felt so far on Selection.

I was carsick on the journey north, and I hadn’t felt that since I’d been a kid heading back to school. It was nerves.

We also quizzed Taff for advice on what to expect and how to survive the “capture-initiation” phase.

His advice to Trucker and me was simple: “You two toffs just keep your mouths shut—23 DS tend to hate recruits who’ve been to private school.”

The 23 SAS were running the battle camp (it generally alternated between 21 and 23 SAS), and 23 were always regarded as tough, straight-talking, hard-drinking, fit-as-hell soldiers. We had last been with them at Test Week all those months earlier, and rumor was that “the 23 DS are going to make sure that any 21 recruits get it the worst.”

Trucker and I hoped simply to try and stay “gray men” and not be noticed. To put our heads down and get on and quietly do the work.

This didn’t exactly go according to plan.

“Where are the lads who speak like Prince Charles?” The 23 DS shouted on the first parade when we arrived.

“Would you both like newspapers with your morning tea, gents?” the DS sarcastically enquired.

Part of me was tempted to answer how nice that would be, but I resisted.

The DS continued: “I’ve got my eye on you two. Do I want to have to put my life one day in your posh, soft hands? Like fuck I do. If you are going to pass this course you are going to have to earn it and prove yourself the hard way. You both better be damned good.”

Oh, great, I thought.

I could tell the next fortnight was going to be a ball-buster.


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