Top 10 Most Well Trained Special Forces On Earth

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1British SAS

Fact - Nearly ALL the worlds Special Forces base their military model on the British SAS. In fact, the USA's Delta Force was set up after the founder spent time attached to the SAS. The Delta Forces even uses an SAS organisational structure using troops and squadrons. It's often remarked that the sand beret is also worn by US Rangers but this was a recent development and in any case the Rangers are NOT the same kind of unit. It can be said with confidence that the world's most professional special forces is that belonging to Britain.

The Special Air Service is the number one fighting force in the world it is trained to perform equally well in all the fields listed for the SEALs, but is also trained by MI-5 and MI-6 for in-depth counter-espionage, more so than the SEALs. Physical competency must be of equal stature to the SEALs, to the degree that both special forces work closely together when necessary (Iraq and Afghanistan) and have good camaraderie.

The original special forces, all others are based off them. Should definitely be above the SEAL's.

Best in the world. No doubt about it.

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2Navy SEALs

The Navy SEaLs are the best the United States has to offer. They life is revolves around training. They are one of the best in physical capabilities after the Spetsnaz. They are a breed of super solider with the SAS, spetsnaz.

The SEALS are the best in the world today. Arguing physical, mental, and emotional training is moot because all special ops units are elite in those categories. However, the SEALS have advantages over others with the unparalleled US military budget, which provides them with training in every geographical & climate scenario. The US has been active in wars around the globe since the Cold War, providing the SEALS with actual battlefield experience and proven results; whereas most other units have belong to nations who have not been at war for many years. At the end of the day, the SEALS blow past the competition because of their incredibly advanced technology and endless firepower. Upon completion of duty, former SEALS are the most hired consultants by other nations to oversee training for their respective units than any other special ops organization.

We have the history and experience to back it up. Plus the best training in every weather and geography and access to advanced technology man has to offer. Also we are constantly in hostile situations and are combat ready and are active to this day. can't say the same for some of these other spec-ops forces. Most other nations are limited to small defense budgets and lack of diverse terrain in training situations and conditioning. Also where are the experience of actual combat or credentials gained? Actions speak louder than words...

Yes actions speak louder than words... That's why SAS wins... Original... Still the best

The only people who think SAS is better than SEALs are either Brits or british bootlickers

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3Indian MARCOS

Indian MARCOS are one of the best forces present in the world, HALO and HAHO trained, Equipped with best Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles and real-time war Equipments required. These guys are emotionally very trained and highly motivated when it comes to defending their own country. The rejection rate during the selection is as high as 98%, that's why India has only 2000 marine commandos. Sooner or Later this special group will be on TOP and very soon the death of Pakistan (A terrorist promoting country) will be delivered by the hands of MARCOS.

See, Indian special forces/MARCOS- they are the one who are prepared keeping in view the worst ever situation. So they are the best.
Secondly, unfortunately we as India have no. Of bad experieneces as terrorism, warfronts, hill terrain warfare, sea front war etc... But the good is that we are more familiar with the things, so we know better than any one how to face the situations, thus they are trained keeping in view all the things.
Thirdly India is a land of different terrain ( almost all sorts are available here), so they are trained in different terrains.
Last but not least, you can come out with a strategy for a mind driven person, some powerful enemy but for an emotionally driven with the fire of enthusiasm & love for the country. You can't stop them.

The Indian MARCOS is one of the most powerful special forces on the planet. They defeat the Navy Seals in terms of physical and mental traing. In fact the only edge the Seals have over MARCOS is technology. But, by 2020 when India becomes a superpower, the MARCOS will be the most powerful special force in the world.

Best in the world...

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4Russian Spetsnaz

Spetsnaz training would be illegal in the US or other Western nations. They are constantly out fighting and are practically invincible to any kind of punishment. Not to mention the fact that they have some of the best weapons on earth, like the AK-74m.

Survive the most brutal training, some of the training that they have to go through is not even allowed in the US. And it is SPETSNAZ not spetnaz

Spetsnaz are the most trained soliders in the world. There almost impossible to crack in interrogation and are taught not ignore pain but to enjoy it.

They are the best

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5Pakistan Special Service Group (SSG)

Very brave and Courageous. A Russian president once said that if he had Pakistan's army and Russian weapons he could conquer all the world because they are very brave.

Actually, it was hitter that said "if I had German strategy, American weapons and Egyptian soldiers, I would have conquered the world" you dumb fool lol

The ssg had only 100 me in the battle of the hill in afganistan in which they posed as mujahideen and attacked the Russian regiments of spetsnaz there. They won the battle although the enemy had the elevation o there posts and superior numbers to there side. In another case only 100 ssgs cleared 3 towns in swat district from 2000 taliban in a matter of 2 days!

It is not the weapon they hold, it's the men behind it that matters. No matter how the west view them, simply because word MUSLIM attached to their identity. I wonder if they know, that exact word is their strength. It is impossible to separate the two.

I like pakistani army

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6The Delta Force

I think most of these lists are heavily influenced by Hollywood on other media. When looking at a true all-around soldier, look no further than Delta Force. There may be other selections that are tougher but that doesn't make you the most effective warrior. You won't find any better shooters than these guys other than maybe US Secret Service.

Best and one of the most secretive forces in the US. Modeled after the British 22 Special Air Service Regiment, or SAS. The founder/co-founder of SFOD-D was a former SAS operative who thought the US needed an elite force like the SAS.

Its Delta Force period. Delta Force pulls members from all branches of the U.S. military. Delta Force combat diver training is as hard as seal team 6 training. The vast majority of their missions you will just never hear of.

Delta Force is to be considered SAS equal for the U.S. Yes the are above navy SEALs, and no I don't know if SAS or Delta Force are better. They are to be considered the same.

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7U.S Green Berets

US Special Forces (Green Berets) deserve the term of "Spearhead" of American military forces. These soldiers undergo extensive training in firearms proficiency, tactical shooting, linguistics, cultural communication, psychology, intelligence gathering, first aid, sniping, hand to hand combat, evasion, survival.

Green Beret train longer than Rangers

The Green Berets are the most supierer special forces in the us army. I think a spot between 5-1 would be best. They have one of the best and hardest training. They are trained to survive at any cost. They follow right behind the seals in my opinion. Also there history is very interesting. The Green Berets fight in airborne squads that takes balls. Most Rangers eventually become A Green Beret. "De Oppresso Liber" Translated to English is to liberate the oppressed is said for a reason

They are the hardest and best for americans to get in too

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8Shayetet 13

Shayetet 13 is among the best special forces around. Highly active in recent years, high quality people.

Shayetet 13 is more similar to the seals than delta force after they are "the Israeli navy seals", I think they deserve a spot in the top 5 for sure... Some of the units here were trained by men that came from the Israeli special forces like the Indians and the polish GROM for example

The #1 special force in Israel and in Asia, similar to The Delta Force, and supremely well trained

The difference between shayetet and any other unit is that if they lose there country goes down with them. And that's why they never lose a fight

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9Polish GROM

Polish GROM is in the same league as British SAS, US Navy Seals and Delta Force. It has been created and trained based on the same principles and standards as them. In my opinion, GROM should be within the world's top 4 special units. Just ask the British and the Americans who carried out quite a few special operations with GROM, they will tell you what GROM is worth.

GROM should be placed on 4-6th place. For sure ask British or U.S. soldiers.

Actually grom worked with seals many times and even seals learned some training methods from them, they're either equal or better than seals, the only special forces that are better is in my opinion sas

They should be third as they have a great opinion within the spec ops community just ask the seals or SAS.

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10Special Boat Service (SBS)

The SBS is the most highly trained and quietest of all British special forces. They complete the same selection and training as SAS but are not 'badged' until they have completed more extensive and rigorous SBS training.

Contrary to some opinion here, they are not 'part of the SAS'. They are part of the Royal Marines.

Americans seem to believe the Seals are the best having pulled off one good mission. The SBS have been doing it for years but without telling anyone.

Special Boat Service the equivalent to the Navy Seals but because they are the sister regiment to the SAS with the same sort of training apart from being marine based is BETTER than the Navy Seals Just like the SAS.

Sbs are less known than sas and they specialise in different things but are just as good as the sas they should also be number one!

I'm going to keep it simple. They have a higher success rate than the SEALS. They have harder training than the SAS, and both of those all over the rest in this list. But the SBS are better. Not by much. But they are better.

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11U.S Rangers

Ranger Regiment is working at a consistently higher level than nearly any other operational unit on the planet. There are a only a handful of tier 1 assets across the globe that can boast an equal operational tempo, higher rate of success, or more difficult training cycle than the Regiment. No other unit is harder to stay in than Regiment. Others may be harder to get to, but none are as difficult to remain within due to the nature of the training and constant deployment schedule. The Regiment of "Black Hawk Down" is unrecognizable in terms of the type of mission sets the Regiment is performing today. If people knew just what the Regiment really did today, I think you'd find them well within the top 5 on this and any other list around.

In what way are the green berets better then the rangers? There mission is unconventional warfare, the rangers mission is direct action (seek and destroy). And as far as training is concerned for rangers it's about maintaining those high standards that are expected of them, you earn your scroll every day. And oh by the way 75 percent of delta force operators come from the 75th ranger regiment. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!

As an airborne Ranger myself, I commend all operators at this level. I have strong preference for U.S. special forces. I have two brothers, one is force recon, the other is a Seal. We all look with a special reverence to our uncle who is SAS. So that being said, with the exception of Spetsnaz all others pale in comparison!

The 75th Ranger Regiment is the premier light infantry special operations force. Proficient in direct action raids, special recon, and personnel recovery, they often operate in platoon size (or bigger) elements. Rangers Lead The Way!

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12Australian SAS

Regimented and trained originally on the British model and too the casual observer is just a smaller version
In actual fact is not much smaller in actual personnel and takes up a considerable slice of the Australian military budget
H become much more entwined with US special forces command since the Vietnam War as the US has a lot more shared interests in operational theater with Australia than Britian ever will
With three regiments scattered in different parts of this vast continent, a well funded war chest and access too the latest US weapons platforms its not a force too be taken lightly
An exchange tour as guests of their antipododial offshoot is a must do for any Brit SAS member who has been "in" for a few year what with three regiments scattered in different parts of this most diverse continent that encompasses all climatic and geographical conditions, a huge war chest, some of the most experienced and continually active personnel in the world and ...more

Aus SAS operations from Vietnam to Afghanistan speak for themselves. This force is highly regarded by British and US special forces commanders and regularly trains side by side. The Aus SAS selection is considered by many to be the toughest on the planet as it is basically the same as the British selection but in more rugged, hostile and very hot conditions. In the absence of a Marine Corps, the Aus SAS also train like the British SBS or US navy Seals. It staggers belief that they are not listed here in the top 3 to 5, as they have been by Military experts in other more investigated or official almanacs. Perhaps because most of the opinions come from countries with much larger populations and patriotic bias.

These guys have the best reputation in the global scene, first they save a group of navy seals in Afghanistan, second in the same operation they infiltrate an area that British SAS, Delta Force, SEALs and any other unit couldn't get any where near, and finally during the Vietnam war they were called the phantoms of the jungle because they were so deadly

The training for the Sas is crazy hard here in Australia. In harsh conditions and training with heavy loads in groups, it really tests the mental and physical strength. Although even after doing the selection course, there is still 70% chance you will get kicked out of the sas even after the selection course, their is still many more challenges and tasks to do after the selection course. It is crazy tough and that has really paid off. The completions in the last 30 years speak for themselves. Vietnam, Somalia, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and now in Syria/ Iraq.

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13German GSG 9

I agree top 5, these guys are bad ass and get the job done. Should definitely be rated higher than Rangers and or Green Berets.

The fact that these guys are just Cops makes them more Badass than any other Military Special Forces. Because they can Compare with them!

GSG 9 literally started the Special Warfare movement right behind the SAS

Best Special Force! Should be Top 5! Best hostage rescue group in world!

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14Joint Task Force-2 (JTF2)

These guys train with the best around the world, Seals, Israeli commandos and more. My father was career military, he said there was only four infantry units he would never want to face: SAS, Gurkha, Israeli commandos, and JTF2. I'm not saying that the seals and delta force are not good, they are, but they are trained by the Israeli and SAS. JTF2 works with all of these groups and Are comparable to the SAS in my opinion.

Understandably not placing as little is known about them, there are no reports of failed combat missions, only one reported death in a combat zone (which although not all details have been released, seems to not have been in any way related to the combat zone). Of course these statements are not necessarily the truth, that leads to perhaps the most terrifying detail of this unit, they are perhaps one of the most secretive organizations in the world (that we know of), and certainly the most secretive in Canada. Judging by statements from members of militarist across the planet that have trained or fought with them, they are a force to be reckoned with. Unlike many forces used domestically or in close-by countries frequently for CT or rescue missions, due to Canada's rarity of events requiring such an elite force, and due to Canada not being a part of the EU, and our only land-neighbor having more than enough organizations to deal with its own situations, JTF2 seems to almost ...more

If they weren't the beat...the US would not have chosen them to carry out sensitive crucial operations over their own SEALs and Delta...google operation Anaconda where Canadians made a hole for advancing US ground forces in Afghanistan...There is no argument that they are top 5 in the world, period...simply do your homework..they're the only foreign unit on the US Tier 1 Spec Ops...

Simply the best

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15French Naval Commandos

According to historians (UK historians actually) France has the best ratio in terms of winning major conflicts. People should remember that we're talking about a major nuclear, diplomatic power consistently for 300 years. That counts for something.

France actually WON more wars than any other nation in the history... this is what make the British and their cousins so angry and despising about it.

A very discreet but very effective SF unit. Training is among the hardests in the world, if not the hardest. Humility, determination and toughness is our way of life.

I saw the videos of their training it was very tough

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16United States Air Force Pararescue

They have to be able to rescue any soldier on the planet regardless of the situation, and they have premiere medical training that others on this list lack. I notice Navy SEAL's are number one. PJ's have to go through more training and be able to save a SEAL anywhere on Earth, whether it be a mountain, Ocean, or 200 miles behind enemy lines.

These guys have saved the lives of thousands, whether they be victims of natural disaster, downed airmen, fallen soldiers, and wounded civilians. They have rescued people from the British Army, Afghani ANA, Coalition troops, and more going all the way back to Vietnam. These guys are what Navy SEALs and SAS members would be if they went to med school.

Highest attrition rate in the world.

Sorry but the British paras are definitely better

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17MI6

No Not the SAS, MI6 looks after all external problems by gathering foreign intelligence where as MI5 deal with the internal and domestic stuff. Spooks if you like.

Never heard of them...but their name sounds like they are the toughest

MI6 is the UK Secret Intelligence Service - Bacially the same as CIA

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18Kopassus

One kopassus equals with 5 soldiers when we talk about bare hands combat

With its headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, KOPASSUS is considered to be an elite force that has traditionally emphasized its small size and its quick-strike potential. It has been involved in numerous military actions in response to internal Indonesian unrest. KOPASSUS units were involved in 1981 in freeing the hostages from the "Woyla, " the Garuda Airline plane hijacked by followers of Imran, leader of an Islamic splinter movement in West Java. Imran forced the plane to land at the Don Muang Airport in Thailand. KOPASSUS troops to Thailand and brilliantly overwhelmed the hijackers. Around 90 troops from KOPASSUS were dispatched to Irian Jaya when a rebel group took hostages there have left the province without rescuing the remaining captives in 1996. KOPASSUS members climbed Mount Everest in 1997.

They are not depends on high technology on the war.

Try to beat kopassus in woodland combat if you dare

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19United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance

Not only special operations group but member had to go thru regular infantry Marine Corps training... Which is the toughest infantry training in the world.

Wow this should be up by the top wow really

I think it's kinda BS, I'm a former Marine Corps machine gunner (0331) and these guys are so elite you never hear about any of their ops. Definitely in the top 3 in the world.

Marine Force Recon is the best. I had the pleasure of attending & graduating first in Army Ranger school as a Marine. Recon Ranger for life. Our direct action doesn't get headlines folks. No Hollywood here. Just foot to the enemies butt!

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20British Royal Marine Commandos

You think your fit until you Join Recruit Training for the Royal Marines, my god is training pure hell on earth, During my training I saw some of the fittest people I have ever met break down, cry, and leave, fitness alone won't get you through Commando training, you need the mental capacity to overcome adversity and then some more, with twice as much more added to that, true thinking mans Commando

111 Trp.. Tough boys and brotherhood/teamwork that fits all situations. Green berets are not easy to get.. However, SAS are another league but no one recognises SBS as they are undercover and even most Brits have not heard of them as after the seige in London where the SAS was exposed, the SBS now use the SAS title as they do not want publicity but just to complete mission fact is that Royal Marines are top 10, SAS top 5 but SBS top 2.. Seeing this table, it is just wrong. However, you guys should check out unit 777 and the Turks.. Jesus are they tough. Out the 2 I would say unit 777 would wipe them out.. They can even potentially join SBS in battle for top 2. Dangerous bunch.

Many US Marines couldn't hack the British Royal Marine commando course. Lots of American Marines who were sent to do our commando course have said there's is a walk in the park compared to ours. To all you guys out there who have earned your green beret you have my respect and make me proud to be British.

I believe hey are up there with the very best

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