SASR

Who Dares Wins: What the SASR actually does . . .

 

Generic Operational Role of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is an Australian Army Special Forces unit based in Western Australia that provides potent, versatile and modern solutions to ensure the security of Australia and to protect Australia’s people and interests.   Whilst the specific tasks vary, the roles are generally focused on (but are not limited to) the following:

  • To gather tactical and strategic intelligence.
  • To harass the enemy in depth (i.e. “behind enemy lines”).
  • To recover civil, governmental, and other military personnel from high-threat hostile environments.
  • To conduct counter-terror operations.
  • To conduct and instruct unconventional warfare (i.e. military operations that fall outside the scope of Australia’s conventional forces).

Regimental Traditions

Beret:  Special Forces qualified members of the Special Air Service Regiment proudly wear a Sandy (Fawn) Beret as their general duty headdress.  The beret is emblazoned with a Regimental Badge mounted on a dark shield patch.  Special Forces qualified members are known within the unit as “Operators”.  Non-qualified Support Personnel wear the Australian Army (Dark Blue) Beret, and are known within the unit as “Black Hats”.

Regimental Badge: The Regimental badge was designed during World War Two.  It consists of a winged sword (often referred to as “Excalibur”, King Arthur’s mythical sword that traditionally represents freedom), and two open white ibis wings.  The design of the badge is credited to Robert “Bob” Tait, however the unit motto “Who Dares Wins” was coined by David Stirling.

Parachute Wings:  The parachute wings worn by Special Forces qualified members of the Special Air Service Regiment are unique.  The design of the unique wings is credited to Jock Lewes.  The wings are sometimes referred to as “Egyptian wings” or “The wings of Isis”; Indicative of their World War Two origin.

Lanyard:  When required to wear lanyards, all members of the Special Air Service Regiment wear a Garter Blue lanyard on their left shoulder.

Regimental Colours: The two colours that are traditionally associated with the Special Air Service are derived from the Rowing Team colours of Oxford University and Cambridge University:
Oxford Blue (dark blue) – Pantone 282C
Cambridge Blue (light blue) – Pantone 284C

The Regimental Quick March is:  The Happy Wanderer
The Happy Wanderer (MP3 download)

The Regimental Slow March is:  Lili Marlene
Lili Marlene (MP3 download)

Both Marches are utilised during funeral services, however an arrangement of Lili Marlene is occasionally played at the request of the family during a Chapel or Interment Service.

Chapel / Interment Service Arrangement of Lili Marlene
Lili Marlene – Funerary Arrangement (MP3 download)



The Australian Special Air Service Association

The Australian Special Air Service Association (ASASA) is essentially an Alumni network of SAS combatants and intrinsic support elements.  The objectives of the ASASA are:

♦ To provide advice and assistance to past and present members of the Australian Special Air Service, the Australian Special Air Service Association and, where possible, their families in need;

♦ To perpetuate the close bonds and esprit de corps created by past and present members of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and other Special Forces Units, such as Z Special Unit, by providing the means for contact, amalgamation and trusteeship as required;

♦ To provide support to the Special Air Service Regiment; and

♦ To preserve the good name of the Special Air Service Regiment and guard its interests.