Hmm, I am sorry to say it but in a lot of ways, I think the new Team Mercury / Hg4 is probably a good thing for [SAS].
With Rasa gone, it seems as if the last resistance to change is also gone. The [SAS] SOPs (from scratch) are now in the hands of a seasoned professional, and I am tasked with the technical aspects of getting them on the website. In Rasa's new home, he doesn't have to get things past 2 soldiers, an ex swat instructor, an 8 year veteran of [SAS] gaming, a former Sabre Squad 2IC, or the strict and realism first Spidey01. I miss my friend very much, but I think I'd rather see [SAS] move forward into the future.
It's amazing how much work is actually getting done now! I wonder, just what mischief he might've been up to since I left the RSMs post.... Recent events have left our SWAT 4 wing with less man power in the lower ranks, but progress these past few days has been like watching a bull charge
They (Hg4) have already grown through a few of the people on our "list" of prospective candidates, all of which know the Hg4 founders from there time as [SAS] Members, and each Hg4 founder knows much about our server regulars and what we think of them. Filterhappy, new Trial Member of Hg4's comment today; actually made me quite happy. Those who actually care about [SAS], are those who belong in the the selection course. I expect all of the people who are of interest to us, will be in Hg4 tags before long, as long as Hg4 does so with honor and those people find what they seek, I'm fine with this. I'd much rather see Hg4 grow, then see dead weight return to [SAS]. I want to see [SAS]'s kind of people make it into the selection course, first and foremost
Me, maybe I am a jerk, but I don't like people who waste my time. Time is life, life is time, and you don't get a refund if you fail to spend it wisely!
It is not our job to train the public in our ways of doing things, parts of Hg4 may have felt differently before leaving [SAS], but I don't. One of the reasons why I take part of my time, to teach recruits things when I can. Is because I hope they will benefit from it, and learn to be a stronger member out of it, and to help the NCOs with their tasks. If Joe Blow wants to learn our ways of doing things, they need to survive the selection course just like the rest of us did. A lot of people think we're too strict, me? I think it's about as close to the real life 22nd Special Air Service as you are going to find, without joining an army. And I call that a _good_ thing. I guess there is a difference between those that just look for the best they can reach, and those who want to be the best that they can be themselves, and then there are those who also want to help others to grow.
I know the things that I look for in a prospective member, and I've come to believe that [SAS]_CO_Random is right, after so many years... He ought to be lol. Jonsi, Nick, Caern, I know that I see the potential in them, the right attitude to move on. That's one of the reasons why I put extra effort into seeing that their training in the SC is/was successful. It's also why Timbo was a great loss in my opinion, both in man power and time invested in, should we say, "Let him shine through" hehe. But I guess it wasn't the path he was destined for. One needs great skill to pass one of our trooper tryouts, but there's more to it then that,
I made it into the [SAS] Selection Course, and I didn't even know how to use the Voice Commands system in RvS until about a week or two before becoming a Recruit! Back then, I guess it was a lot stricter. The tryout is hard by most peoples standards, but it really is easy in my opinion... If you're serious.
One of the reasons I joined [SAS], was because I like to play tactically and realistically. I found the things I was looking for there, Skill, Teamwork, Dedication, Friendship, and FUN, FUN, FUN!!! Most people who are in the team, are there because they enjoy it this way. We like the structure, the teamwork, and we live to improve our abilities while having fun with a few good m8s.
Getting through the SC was quite an exercise, I had to grow quite a lot in my skill set just to make the cut. All of the way, I had teachers helping me to grow, helping me learn the little things that makes this elite team as skillful as it is at what we do. I never really noticed most of it, just how much attention to detail there was here, until I started paying attention during training. My time with [SAS]_Trp_Rand, [SAS]_Cpl_WIZ, and [SAS]_Cpl_Relish most important of my teachers.
I don't totally agree with some of our SOPs, but they work and work well for the most part. If I wanted to play my way, I wouldn't have joined the [SAS], I would have made it a goal to prepare myself for BUD/S and pursue the real thing. Because it doesn't get much better then that outside of the [SAS],and groups like it. Hg4, is not a group like [SAS], and I say that because I know the founders of Hg4 ;-). I play the way I was trained, here are a few differences in how I would personally do things, but this is [SAS], not my back yard
Hmm, I still remember the time I got dumped into a team leaders boots else wheres, and I had to direct us against the other teams defenses. When issuing the insructions for our assault, someone in my attack group asked me if I was in the army :\, my reply? No, I'm in the next best thing -- the 22nd SAS Elite Virtual Regiment !I don't think they got the joke, but they still enjoyed the win lol.
Warrant Officer Class One
22nd Special Air Service,
The Elite Virtual Regiment