Greatest Military Branches in the World


The Top Ten

1 United States Marine Corps

The United States Marines are by far the most feared fighting force in the world as a whole. I have witnessed Marine units in action first hand and even the weakest among them flawlessly overcame situations that make normal men want to dig in and hide. These guys call fox holes "fight holes" for good reason. An organization that hasn't trained to preform a successful retreat is dangerous one but, the Marines I've met don't seem to want it any other way. I have heard many mistakenly refer to them as "dumb Marines" after seeing them perform unexplainable acts of heroism. I still can't understand the Marines. Like a pit on a bull, they are relentlessly persuasive to anyone watching on CNN. I doubt there exists a dictator alive that didn't cold sweat while viewing US Marines prepare for the invasion of Iraq via Kuwait. I recall their 3rd Light Armour Recon overcame obstacles and Iraqi forces so furiously and were so far out in front an Army pilot aproaching from their rear mistook them ...more

America has never ever won a war without the help of the British army, just remember that when you big yourself up to be something you are not. You have all the cash and equipment money can buy but even your best soldiers come behind every unit in the British army

Agreed the United States Marines have been acknowledged by many countries as a force to reckoned with, and in places like Somolia and against militaries and terrorist's the Marines seen there have always been described in a way that brings pride in Americans and Marines themselves and puts fear into the hearts of those that have not yet seen the in combat.

I'd really like to hear from our enemies which force they fear the most. I just can't imagine the Chinese getting their panties in a bunch if they knew the British were coming.

We, the Few, the Proud, believe and know we're the best, and we make our enemies believe along with us.

An old 0331 infantry machinegunner

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2 U.S. Army

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.

The Army is the greatest in numbers, equipped and trained for every situation. And intelligent in Combat and stressful situations.

As far as man power, this is one of the largest military branches in the world, Just look at every war the united states has ever been in, besides Vietnam (if you even count that as a war),we have won all of them, the opposing arguments talk about how well trained they are, but don't take into consideration that in order to train this many people so well, it's no easy task.

Bad asses

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3 British Army

Best in the world. Any unit in the British army could kick the US Marines ass.

Best and intelligent

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. - ArdaUlay

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! "

Overlooked, one of the best!

Tough but what the hell's up with their uniforms like that orange butchers apron or whatever and they carry an axe they have bad uniforms but are good fighters

5 U.S. Navy

Best medics in all the branches.

The most powerful navy in history

Go Navy! Beat Army!


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6 Australian Army

Give me 2 Battalions of Australians and I will conquer the globe in 6 months- Rommel to Hitler on enquiring about Australian military capability during the North Africa campaign. We are so better now even if we are small.

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.

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 support ing 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

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7 U.S. 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

Fly Fight Win baby!

We would not have won WWII without the Army Air Corps (now the Unites States Air Force)

Aim High

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8 Canadian Army

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.

Canadian Army does more with less.

They've been kicking ass since 1867 and they have not stopped since

9 Indian Army

Terrifying the terrorist

We the people

Join The "INDIAN ARMY" and live a life less ordinary.

Indian army can defeat any country because it has 14 lakh soldiers

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10 Royal Marines

Go the Booties

Best Trained infantry soldiers in NATO...

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!

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!

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The Newcomers

? Royal Saudi Air Force

They are getting better day after day as they became in now the one of the strongest air forces in the world. A.K.A Eagles in skies.

The Contenders

11 Pakistan Army

Pak Army might not be the biggest nor does it have the same amount of resources as rich countries but if they were being ranked for quality, they should have placed 1st

I love Pakistan

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

Yes Pakistani army is best

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12 Spetsnaz

What dumbass said they can kill seals without a sweat?

They are tough and fearless

They will kill navy seals without a sweat :-(

They beat brets in deadliest warrior

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13 US Coast Guard

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.

If you don’t view Coasties as a force to contend with, you need to do some reading.

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14 Indian Navy

Indian commandos regularly win international competition.

I love Indian army jai hind

The Few The Fearless

Marine commandos (Marcos)

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15 Komando Pasukan Khusu (Kopassus)

Released on the middle of the sea with their hands tight. No compass, no vest, just an M1911 and prayers along their minds. Just when they hit the shore, pull their soaked guns out of their holsters and blow some wind through the gun chamber, pop pop pop! Three bad guys down

Wins many battle kind of competitions

16 Indian Air Force


Best in the world...!

17 Philippine Special Forces

Best jungle fighters.

18 Waffen-SS

Waffen SS were really good but still failed to project their power in many places.

Waffen-SS = USMC of Nazi Germany

The ss was like the army rangers are to the us. a specialized group of highly trained and experienced soldiers who though only had one allegiance the furher himself

One of personal favorites! Wish the U.S. joined the Axis in 1930-40

19 Special Air Service

The best say no more.

20 Red Army

Ww2 performance other country faced anything like it in history, forget all your special forces

they are greatest ever, no doubt about it

21 North Korean 8th Army

North Korean 8th Army('Storm Army').
Probably they receive the most extreme trainings in the world.

22 IRA

Shows you know nothing

Drunken fookers that ran circles around British special services groups

Nah mate kick your arse

Spanked those silly brits😂

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23 United States Space Force

Space force

Newest & best

24 The Gurkhas

Fight until death

Fearless natural killing machines.

They can kill anyone with just a swing of their arm

€�Better to die than live a coward” The Gurkhas.

25 US National Guard

Above US space force

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

26 Bundeswehr
27 Special Services Group Pakistan

It is considered to be in the top 3 elite groups in the world with a very hard training and experience it is the best but that's not all SSG also has BRAVERY which is better then having good economy...ALLAH HO AKBAR!

The best

28 Israeli Sayeret Matkal

"sky daddy" told them to kill everyone and take the land it promised these nomadic desert dwellers whose patriarch wanted to eat his son - cause cannibalism was their jam back in the day... 3500 YEARS later, they're still trying to genocide the locals - and still TBD... next time, don't let the Germans catch y'all building WMDs (Fritz Haber), and lock you in gas chambers fuelled with your own crafty poisons.

They have proven so many times of what they capable of though always outnumbered by the enemy.

Should be much higher

29 British Parachute Regiment

Tough, they could give the us marines a run for there money

30 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.

31 People's Liberation Army Ground Force

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

32 Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)


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

33 Carabinieri
34 Việt Kông

Um America almost win Vietnam and we would have had LBJ hadn't pulled us out. Besides they don't fight with rules if engagement nor do they abide the UN conduct for POW'S. They are cowards an fight in the most unconventional way.

They beat America, France, China, and England plus they never lost a war

Most expensive military money can buy... but bone spurs wasn't there to push them over the top; so these guys 'won'.

Veitnam was never declared a war. It was a police action. To stop the spread of communism and to prevent communist takeover in south veitnam. Although america did not stop the south veitnam from the hand of communism. We did kill 1.1 million of the north veitnamese troops and the us lost around 58k troops. So in theory they lost a lot more men. So politically we didn't reach the main goal, but intially our goal was to stop the domino effect of communism which never even happend.

35 Guardia Civil


They are an elite military force. They should be on first place.

36 Irish 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

37 Russian Ground Forces
38 Iranian Sepah Qods

They are every where Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and etc. Middle East's most powerful branch of Sepah can be most organised and anti-terrorism one all around the word.

39 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.

40 Special Boat Service (SBS)

Better trained than anybody, the only branch that comes close is the SAS but the SBS are as well trained on land as the SAS are whereas the SAS aren't as well trained in the water as the SBS. They don't have as big a budget as the US military but they make up for it with skill and all-round hardness.

41 Mexico Army

They are the reasons Illegals sneak across the border in fear of enlistment

42 Fiji Army

The humblest yet toughest soldiers on earth

Lakshman yadav phone number 6205863120/9764458339

43 Imperial Japanese Navy
44 Naval Service of the United Kingdom

UK Elite service - Less members than the SAS...enough said!

45 Alpini

They can operate everywhere, not only on mountain. They are specialized on mountain combat in all-weather situation, and are the best trained in the world for this.

46 Botswana Defense Force
47 Māori Battalion
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