Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What are the World's Most Elite Fighting Forces?

 



Every developed country that has a decent military has found it useful to produce an elite fighting unit able to go far beyond the needs of conventional soldiering.   It is also an excellent way to produce an excellent cadre of leaders for the regular forces as well.


Here is a list of the best out there.  


An amusing side bar is that the Canadian unit is traditionally top secret and that generally means that it does not exist.  The real truth is that giving assistance to an ally covers just about every operation out there, including snipers operating in Vietnam.  We also recently posted that Canadian units had taken down the most Taliban leaders over a protracted period.  These troops remain in top form by been continuously deployed.  That is the only way that they can be in the top ten.


There is enough military pride to go around for all of them and they are the pointy edge that reminds adversaries that real capacity exists.  As well they mostly train as allies and share techniques so none are really too far different from another.

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Here are 15 note worthy forces, in no particular order, based mainly on publications regarding their experience and activities in the past few decades, which arguably comprise the top of the list:


U.S.A
Delta Force



United States Navy SEALs



Green Berets (United States Army Special Forces)
 


Russia
Spetsnaz
 


Alpha Group
 


United Kingdom
SAS - Special Air Service
 



Canada
JTF2 - Joint Task Force 2
 


Israel
Sayeret Matkal
 

Shayetet 13
 


India
MARCOS




Austria
EKO Cobra
 

France
NGIN National Gendarmerie Intervention Group



Germany
GSG 9
 



Pakistan
SSG - Special Services Group
 

Poland
JW GROM


April 12, 2015 edit:
This is to 15 list based on the following criteria:
    • proven experience over past few decades,
    • capabilities diversity,
    • threshold for entry,
    • and rigorousness of training process.
Also crosschecked with various publications.

Some honorable mentions are entitled:
United States Army Rangers
The Australian SAS
ROK 707th Special Mission Battalion
Special Boat Service
Duvdevan Unit
French Foreign Legion

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