Top 10 Greatest Military Branches in the World

The Top Ten
1 United States Marine Corps

They are so inspirational. They are the least populated branch in the US military for a reason; the intelligence and sheer physical power required to become one. All countries recognize the US Marines as the first threat if they even think for a second about waging war with the US. The unrelenting stress that the Drill Sergeants hammer on the recruits through the generations eliminate the weakest ones, and make sure only the toughest, the ones that play by law of fang and claw, are the ones that make it. There goes around a saying "Marines: Providing an opportunity for the enemies of America to die for their country since 1775." I would go on, but that's enough said...

Once a marine, always a marine. Semper fidelis. I don't expect people from the US's other branches to understand, let alone other countries. Unless of course your country has had the misfortune to square off with US Marines. Then you understand completely. It's not just the brotherhood, love of country, or even the intense training. From my own personal experiences, I was instilled beyond the point of arrogance that we were simply the best there was. And we are. That's the truth of it. Any true marine would rather die than retreat, die than surrender. As a marine your life does not matter. The thought of letting down anyone that earned that eagle globe & anchor before I did was my biggest fear. Marines don't die. They go to hell and regroup.

Being a United States Marine is the biggest and best title I have earned in my life and nothing will ever compare to it. Traveling around the world and knowing that no matter the situation, people will cease fighting when we step on deck or just simply get out of our way because of our reputation is not only very gratifying, it is an impetus to not only be better than everyone else but to also continue growing and getting better at our craft: issuing hell, death and destruction to all who get in our way.

The Marines are the most feared fighting force on the planet. Just examine what those who fight alongside of them and those who hafough5 against them have said about them. Their history is rampant with these accounts. In WW1 the marines had to remove their distinctive leggings because the enemy would run as soon as they saw them. Read about them in Belleau Wood. Read the biographies of Chest Puller - the most decorated marine in history, Carlos Hathcock - Whitefather who the NVA put a bounty on his head, and many others such as Dan Daly who won the Congressional Medal of Honor twice. No other service has men who can compare to these. Examine their history. Read it for yourself.

2 United States Army

The US ARMY the most powerful branch of the United States military and The most powerful branch in the Whole world. Coming second is the Airforce, then the Navy. The others are just sub branches. Checking in each of these branches, each one of them have a significant number of US Army soldiers, meaning without the Army, none of these branches exist. Another PLUS is that the US Army is the ORIGINAL and ONLY military branch that owns and will always own all the other branches. Another plus, before any of the branches is always the US Army. Another Plus, all the other branches "were given birth" by the ARMY. The United States Army is the oldest branch of the Unites States Armed Forces. The United States Army was established by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. The Navy and Marines were formed later in 1775 then the Coast Guard in 1915 and finally the Air Force in 1947.

The U.S ARMY is the strongest branch. Why exactly? They have the most in numbers, best equipment, gear, weaponry, special forces etc. Marines may be the most feared, but also die too easily because they are not as smart as the Army when it comes to combat. Don't get me wrong, Marines are a great branch and are the most feared, but are no where near as strong as the Army. When there is a situation that outnumbers the Marines, the Army is called in because they are capable of getting it done. In the end, we all serve the same country.

Name one war that the Marines have won? Exactly. As for not winning a war without the help of the Brits? I can think of two where the Army whipped the british! You think the thirty jarheads Winfield Scott dragged along with his army won the Mexican war? How many jarheads where at Fredricksburg or Gettysburg? Two third of the Pacific campaign in WW2 where Army, with Army commanders. Where were the Marines during the largest amphibious battle ever launced? Sucking there thumbs, that's where. Not one jarhead landed on Normandy beach. Take your PR and place it where your brains are.

The Army has beaten the Marine Corps in everything. The fact that the Army has more money and man power has nothing to do with sheer force. All of the Army's special forces have the same if not better training than the Marine Corps special forces; some share training with the Marine Corps. It's a shame that the Army gets crapped on because they were also the first fighting force established in America and remain the biggest, baddest, and strongest. The Corps wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the soldiers who sailed with the Navy deciding to branch off. Marines are feared for their reputation, which half is invented by American press during the WWI and WWII, but the Army has more battles won under its belt ((pre and post Marine Corps)). Google it.

3 British Army

Although not a massive army with 100's of thousands of troops, but the most well trained in all walks of a military career, whether its from logistics to field craft to shooting or discipline, or I could just take the easy way out and say The SAS which every other special forces around the world, yes including navy seals, training is based on the SAS, people don't think about this because the SAS's missions are rarely available to the public, you wonder why? Because there just that good. I can't comment on The Royal Navy or the RAF, but the army is easily the best, train hard fight easy.

Who is better trained than the British army? We are talking about the PARAS, SAS, Pathfinders, Gurkhas. These are the most feared troops and the best trained. It just lacks the numbers. The British army with 1 million men are unstoppable.

A truly skilled military branch that has received the best training worldwide. The only thing stopping them from
Being the best is the numbers

Due to our crap governments the British Army may no longer be the best in the world but the British Soldier certainly is still the best.

4 French Foreign Legion

Some of the toughest trained soldiers. Have been in almost every major and minor conflict around the globe. In the Battle of Camaron, 65 foreign legion soldiers were attacked by 3000 Mexican troops. Almost all of the legionaires died, but the legionaires also killed 190 and wounded 300+ Mexican republic troops. The Mexican Major, Major Campos said after the battle, "Is this all of them? Is this all of the men who are left?" Then, in amazement, he exclaimed, "These are not men! They are demons!"

Nothing to loose, Everything to prove. Toughest mofo I ever met on the field.

Overlooked, one of the best!

Any time any place

5 United States Navy

The U.S. Navy controls nuclear weapons, submarines to cut off trade ways, and a massive air force able to be deployed wherever waters are present. The Navy does not just operate on water but on land as well. They have amphibious assault vehicles, transport aircraft. The Marines are ranked #1 here, but how would they be anything without a Navy to transport them everywhere? The Navy can effectively kill any island nation (I.e. Japan) by cutting off trade routes, and can crush major cities inland with cruise missiles and nuclear weapons. The Navy is the most powerful branch, but all branches contribute to its power.

This is as good as it gets. They go anywhere do anything and will kill anybody. It doesn't matter if your in the air, land or sea you are as good as dead. When they show up just minus well lye on the ground. They are as tough as it gets. Out numbered, don't matter. They are specifically picked out for the best. They have the most firepower and are trained the best. You can't get any better than this. They will beat any of the worlds special forces. They know their surroundings and know the tactics. They come knockin, better start running, because their are going to be some rolling heads.

The U.S. Navy is the greatest military force in the world for a myriad of reasons.

1. America's first string. Whenever America wants to flex on another nation, what do we do? Park a carrier strike group outside their borders and remind them that that individual strike group has more firepower than their entire nation does (except Russia China or India), and that we have a dozen more just like it. Also, America's first line of defense. Any major power needs to cross an ocean to get to us. And our navy will never allow that to happen.

2. America's last ace in the hole. Our nuclear subs can survive armageddon and retaliate even if America is completely destroyed. Each nuclear missile carrying sub is the 3rd greatest nuclear force in the world after the US and Russia just by itself, and carry enough bombs to destroy the world.

3. The Navy Seals are America's finest operators bar none.

4. The USMC isn't actually its own branch. It's a subsection of the US navy. ...more

You guys are crazy to put the U.S Navy at number 5. The number one reason why America is rated the #1 military force in the world is our navy. We have more aircraft carriers than the rest of the world combined. During world war two we quickly found out that if you control the sea you control the world.

Technology these days makes ground troops like marines and army almost useless, besides for gaining control to set up a U.S airforce base(second strongest military power in the world). Even then our special forces are more than enough to handle that situation. Between the airforce and the navy bombing and destroying everything in their path, there is little reason to send in ground troops besides showing the enemy civilian population mercy.

Just look at the ending of world war 2. We tried our best to end the game with ground troops in japan but realized quickly that we are just throwing our U.S lives away every time for barely any net gain. Much more profitable to hold a ...more

6 Australian Army

Australian army is far superior in skill, combat-knowledge, and leadership than any other defense force in the world. This is due to a culmination of variables. Small population to land mass, experience in multiple wars since western colonisation (always supporting allies and never been instigator). Innovative and adaptive thinking applied to weapons and equipment in battle conditions due to funding restrictions, exposure to variety of hard terrain and extreme climatic conditions, evolution of training techniques based on the last known empire - Britain, and a bond of "mateship" other countries find hard to grasp the essence of, and great leadership training. This is where they excel. They don't buy into the bravado like such units as the American marines but adapt to the country in which they find themselves in. In over 30 years as a officer in the British army, it was hard to find any soldier from around the world who wouldn't honestly admit that they fear most going against a ...more

The Australian military as small as it is goes through one of the most rigorous training of any NATO allied army. The Australian army is required to be able to in addition to basic military training to learn how to swim unlike the US army. The mostly lack in size but can accsep soldiers from other NATO armies to join them as long as they have applied for Australian citizenship. My great great uncle was an ANZAC in World War One and fought bravely for king and country. The Australian army may not be the best army in the world but they should be higher on the list.

The Australian Army is one of the most experienced military in the world because of their mateship, now I've never seen another country which actually has mateship anywhere near as strong as the Australians, no army will ever come close to the Australian Army and for that reason I believe it should be much higher on the scale.

Excuse any of my bad grammar.

Australia - little country. The U.S. - big country. Therefore, 1 x SASR (Aus) is = to any 10 Seals/Marines/Commandos/etc. Face it... your own Generals have admitted the same.

7 United States Air Force

As a retired United States Airman...we take a back seat to NO ONE, even the Marines! The United States Air Force formed out of the Army, as air power was too important, and too powerful for it to not be it's own branch! In all seriousness, I'd put the USAF up against anyone! Air Force Special Operations is among the toughest training in the world! The Air Force shares a brotherhood right there with the other branches! The USAF controls two thirds of America's nuclear triad, controls ALL of America's military satellites, and military cybersecurity infrastructure, etc! We deploy much more often than people reach due to our global reach, global power doctrine! The U.S. Air Force owns and operates more aircraft than the Navy and Marine Corps combined! Just because our boot camp is only 8.5 weeks long...don't Be fooled, we can kick ass! Desert Storm is a good example of that! The Air Force didn't even need the Army or Marines...the Air Force and Navy won Desert Storm! I know...I was there! ...more

The only branch to have dropped nuclear weapons in war. Even if the cities were small the most industrial cities in WW2 were raided by medium bombers. The B2 spirit is one of the few strategic stealth bombers in the world. The USAF might have the best attack aircraft ever, the A-10 warthog. The B-52 has been in service for more than 50 years which is impressive.

I am from an Air Force family. My father and all my uncles were are Air Force with one of my uncle's retiring a colonel. I am the only female in my family to have honorably served in the Air Force. I love the Air Force and I live in a veterans only apartment building and everyone knows that I am Air Force.

Served in the Air Force from 1955-1968. Ask any ground pounder (marines or army) if they aren't happy to see us during a battle. We're the ones they call when they need bailing out!

8 Canadian Army

The CF is designed after the light infantry model. The average trooper is generally more versatile than in most other militaries due to their ability to train in several different skills that are normally reserved for specialized units (ie. Airborne). This is also what makes JTF2 great because they're picking from soldiers who are very skilled. Canadian troops also have a reputation for getting the job done, which is why we pushed the farthest through on D-Day and were the only ones to reach our objective (not knocking the Brits or Americans - that entire landing was extremely difficult). It's also the reason we celebrate our biggest military victory - Vimy Ridge. Many others tried to take it, but suffered horrible losses. We were given the task and it got done. Our equipment isn't all cutting-edge, and procurement is a cluster-frak, but the troops make the best of what we have and do it well.

It should be added that the Canadian Special Forces are among the best in the world. I believe this is because they do not join out of civilian life, but are hand picked from the CAF itself, so before they join, they are already among the best of the best. An American General commented on this saying that for the toughest missions he preferred to send in the Canadians. But, you you will never hear one thing about it, because JTF2 is kept classified, top secret.

We were using old US Jeeps, steel pots, Belgium FN FAL made in 1956, the old SMG. Basic in Cornwallis, NS in the winter of '82 - '83 was rough and the instructors were brutal and relentless! Cold weather training was our main goal. Caught frost bite during basic in both ears, snow blindness during the Winter Warfare Course in northern Alberta, and mild hypothermia up in Viking Alberta!
Oct 1982 - Oct 1985. Rad-op 211, CFB Calgary.

While a lot smaller than the U.S Army they are strong and should be considered more.

9 Indian Army

Indian para forces have seen it all. From the densest forests to scorching deserts, from Siachen glaciers to the deep Indian ocean. By far one of the most versatile and deadliest forces in the world, and those black cats people are talking about, they are also known as terrorist hunters.

It is one of the Greats without which the British would have found it much more difficult to win in either WW-I or WW-II. Under Transformation. Original Home of the Gurkhas, Siks, Jats, Rajputs, Marathas & many more. Certainly one of the Best. Just needs to be recognized more.

Indian Army is the most professional and deadliest army in the world. We are good at killing Pakistanis. Hope so we get to kill more of them

It takes a steely force to defend a nation with as diverese geographical terrains and enemy threats as India.

10 United States Coast Guard

We've had Coast Guard astronauts as well as members of the Coast Guard who've qualified as Navy Seals. Been in every conflict since 1790. Coast Guard is America's oldest continuous seagoing service as the Continental Navy was disbanded before the US Navy was formed. American citizens pay the Coast Guard to perform missions they want them to do such as saving lives, performing law enforcement, ice breaking, aids to navigation, marine safety, pollution response, living marine resources, migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, port security and national defense amongst many of the other missions. Unlike the other services that we pay to do a job that we really don't want them to perform.

What happens when you have a SINGLE US Coast Guard member step aboard any US Navy vessel with orders to raise the USCG Ensign? That 1000+crew Navy Gray ship suddenly turns white with raising stripes and can now perform the duties of the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world. The US Coast Guard may remain small in suture but there is no other branch of the service or federal agency that can change the face of power and I mean real power like a warship with a single individual and a flag. I was attached to a Texas Narcotics division in the 80's where, with my presence alone brought city, county and state laws under federal jurisdiction. Note my presence must have requested...just one of the rules. The Navy loved it because they could then cause severe and sometimes destructive boarding's under the USCG authority with no fear of reprisal. That is a display of power my friends.

The oldest American Maritime Service, standing watches, getting insane flight hours, saving everyone possible, and proud of their branch. Coast Guard is easily one of the most proud and hard working of the five branches. They have been in every war since America's conception.

The 12th largest Naval force. The most experienced maritime law enforcement branch in the world. We enforce and train maritime law throughout the world. The only branch with boarding authority so Navy often needs our help there. Plus the best life saving people in the world.

The Contenders
11 Royal Marines

The Royal Marines are by far the best military force in the world! The coveted green beret takes 32 weeks to earn! I am only 14 now so there is still 2 years until I am allowed to earn my green lid and join the most elite fighting force ever!

Hardest training for any non special forces unit in the world. The training they receive is longer, harder and more intense then most special forces in the world including the navy seals.

I believe that they should be at the top because the ethos and training that they have has been used as an example to most of the above an some shape or form. There history is much older than most with the naval attachment and also they wash more

My uncle had to run 30 miles last week and he said the training is ridiculously hard but will pay off and Royal Marines with the SAS would be unstoppable even though Britain is small it's bloody powerful! Go on Britain!

12 Pakistan Army

It's the best Army in World as it has been proven during Afghan-Russia War in which world super power was broken.

Cause they are muslim they don't fear death they love to die in the battlefield.

Despite lack of latest war techs, Pak Army has Won war against terrorism which even US army could'nt win in Afghanistan after 18 years. Its about quality and not quantity.

Pakistan won war against terrorism,never forget that Iraq,Sham and many other countries had same terrorism but they couldn't fight and America lost in Afghanistan just because of their wrong policies..

13 Indian Navy

Indian commandos regularly win international competition.

They drowned me on land

14 Indian Air Force

Best in the world...!

15 United States National Guard

Always ready, always there. Guardsmen stand ready to deploy on a moments notice and are more capable than any reserve component in the world.

Better trained than most think, the us spends billions to keep this fighting force ready for combat at any point.

I think they should be up there with the Army. They leave at the drop of a hat, and are always ready to serve.

Always trained and ready

16 Korean People's Army
17 People's Liberation Army Ground Force

Has many soldiers, will win simply because of sheer numbers.

18 Russian Ground Forces

Best army in the world

19 Nepali Army

The Nepalese Army or Gorkhali Army is the military land warfare force of Nepal. Service is voluntary and the minimum age of recruitment is 18 years. The army was formerly known as The Royal Nepalese Army during the monarchy period in Nepal.

20 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

One of the best combinations of soldiers of all time. As said by field marshal Erwin Rommel "If I had to take hell, I would use Australians to take it and New Zealanders to hold it." All I can say is they fought braver than that of the French and British at Gallipoli. They also took part in many offensives in World War I And were very successful. In World War II they were able to hold tabrok from the nazis and Italians. They also worked with the US in Korea and Vietnam. My great great uncles were Anzacs and they were some of the toughest bravest people ever to talk to. The nazis feared The Australian The Most in World War II due to their raids on nazi fox holes at night. They would slit the throats of the nazi soldiers sleeping. The anzacs were some of the bravest men in history. God save the king.

21 Irish Army Ranger Wing

The best snipers in the world. Beat the americans and British in competitions all the time. Only 100-200 operaters but probably the most disciplined soldiers on earth. Operational history is scarce because unlike the americans or british when something is confidential It's confidential

22 Imperial Japanese Navy
23 Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)

They are the most trusted organisation in the country. They try to serve the nation by their level best.

24 Fiji Army
25 Royal Australian Navy

Small but modest force. The most senior of service of The Australian defense Force! Answering to only God! Was formed because the world needs hero's haha

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