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The SFAS attrition rate alone is 50% according to the best answer on the army recruiting forums, SFAS is only 3 weeks long compared to SFQC at 8 weeks. SFQC has a lower attrition are than SFAS but its still high.
“The Army’s grueling Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) has a historical attrition rate that hovers around 70 percent–with another 10-15 percent lost in the ensuing Special Forces Qualification Course.” – http://www.baseops.net/militarybooks/specops.html
Another source puts the attrition rate even higher for SFAS at 70%.
Look saying BUD/s has a higher attrition rate and thus need more exposure is bullshit. USAF PJs have the longet training pipeline by far (2.25 years) and also have a higher rate of attrition than SEALs or Special Forces (estimates range from 70 – 90%). All of these are incredibly difficult forces to join, the whole ranking of special warfare groups is fucking dumb.
As for the pre-RASP stuff? Thats easy it was a fairly common pracite until pre-RASP was introduced to sign a ranger contract and knowing you would fail out of RASP. Why? Beccause it used to be that Airborne school occured prior to RASP meaning you would be a paratrooper already. Now you dont go to jump school until after pre-RASP/RASP meaning signing a ranger contract is in no way an easy path to airborne school.