First of all, let’s get a clear idea of what the special forces are. Special forces are forces that conduct special operations. According to NATO special operations are, “Military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, trained, and equipped forces, manned with selected personnel, using unconventional tactics, techniques, and modes of employment”. This defines what special operations are and, what special forces do. The world first saw special forces in the 20th century. The special forces have faced significant growth during WWII. This is a list of top 10 special forces with, respect to all others.
MARCOS was previously named as Marine Commando Force (MCF). It is the special forces unit of Indian Navy. It excels at Amphibious warfare, Close Quarter Combat Counter-terrorism, Direct action, Special reconnaissance etc. It was founded in 1987 and, serving its country ever since. It is claimed, the MARCOS defeat the Navy Seals in mental and physical training.
SSG, the Special Service Group is the special force unit of the Pakistani army. It was modeled after British SAS and US special forces in 1956. The new recruits have to go through adamant training for 9 months. Only 1 out of 4 make it through. The SSG is considered to be one of the best special forces in the world.
08. Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9):
The GSG 9 the elite Police Tactical Unit of Germany. It a branch of the Federal Police. The GSG 9 plays role in Counter-terrorism and, Law enforcement. It was officially established to free 11 Israeli athletes, who were kidnapped during the 1973 Summer Olympics. They reportedly completed over 1500 missions till 2003. According to the reports they only discharge their weapons in only 5 occasions. They are that good.
07. Delta Force:
The Delta Force is the commonly known name for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. The Delta Force is an elite spec op unit of the US army. It was formed in 1977 to take care of terrorist operations. The recruitment process is so rigorous, only 1 out of 10 make it through.
06. Sayeret Matkal:
Sayeret Matkal is the commonly known name for General Staff Reconnaissance Unit 269. It is the special force unit of IDF, Israel Defense Forces. It is mainly an Intelligence gathering unit. It is also tasked counter-terrorism and hostage rescue missions. This elite Special Force was modeled after British SAS.
05. Alpha Group:
The Alpha Group is an elite, stand-alone subunit of Russian Special Forces. It is an anti-terrorism unit formed by the Soviet KGB. It was formed in 1974. The Alpha Group is known to be one of the best Special Forces in the world.
04. Shayetet 13:
Shayetet 13 is a spec ops unit of the IDF, Israel Defense Forces. What! Another Israeli Special Force? Yes, they are that good. The 13 excels in the land to sea incursions. Counter-terrorism, Sabotage, Maritime intelligence gathering, Maritime hostage rescue, Boarding are some of its primary roles. This elite force has been taking part in every major Israeli operation since 1948. It couldn’t take part before because it was formed in 1948.
03. Special Boat Service (SAB):
The SAB is the maritime special force UK. It is under the Royal Navy. Its formation can be traced back to WWII. The recruitment process of SAB is as tough as it gets. It has proven it’s capacities again and again. The SAB is one of the bests out there.
02. Navy SEALs:
Navy SEALs stands for Sea, Air and, Land. The Navy SEALs is the primary spec ops unit for the US Navy. The SEALs are trained rigorously to adapt to all environments, as they are named. This force has earned a mythical status. Yes, they are that good. The SEAls strong enough to take part in any mission necessary. They are as good as it gets.
For something good, there will always be something better. The SAS is that “Batter”. SAS stands for Special Air Service. It is a British special force unit. It was founded as a regiment in 1941, was reconstituted as a corps in 1950. The candidates are required to have the physical strength of Greek gods. The candidates must do a 40-mile marathon with a full pack in 20 hours, 2 miles swim in 1.5 hours, 4 mile run in 30 minutes. Finish this, you get dropped in a jungle. Survive the jungle and you get rewarded by a 36 hours interrogation session. This session is designed to break the candidate’s will. Talk about rewards! The candidates who pass all these stages are sent an operation force further training. This includes training from MI6 and MI5. How cool is that beats SEALs, doesn’t it?