The Australian SAS/ Up and Above the Call of Duty/ When I Think of Them, I Feel Safe

Essay by Luke Foster

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

 Thomas Paine

I like this quote and it reflects my impression of the Australian SAS but I also realise that it’s also strong women SAS soldiers who have equal bravery.

I also realise they are super fit and highly skilled and you also have to have a high IQ to become one.

I’m kind of creative but not as intelligent and organised as them.

When doing protection for aid-work I also think that they would also have to have profound compassion.

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

Nelson Mandela

I like the following quote about the importance of security and practical skills for aid work.

“Humanitarians are not armed — their security depends on prevention, deterrence and acceptance. In addition to security, ensuring safety must cover common activities such as construction, transport and health/hygiene precautions.”


In conclusion when I think of the Australian SAS, I feel safe as they are kind hearted geniuses.

“Women have been able to serve with the SAS after transferring from covert surveillance units – such as the Special Reconnaissance Regiment – since 2018.”

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