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

To be a Marine is to be part a brotherhood that is older than this nation itself. Marines are faithful, loyal, and committed to each other, and their duty to their country. If anyone could be a Marine it wouldn't be the Marines. The training is tough, it teaches you to be committed, not only to your brothers and duty, but also to yourself. The Training is a lot tougher than people think. You have to Earn the right to be called a marine and were the eagle anchor and globe symbol of the Marines. SEMPER FI

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.

Deadly and effective I mean look at the Pacific war during WW2 they almost pushed the Japanese back to japan. That is pretty big don't you think.

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2 U.S. Army

The army has every tool they need for death and complete destruction or bring democracy and peace. Helos, amphibous vehicles, ground vehicles, missiles big enough to turn the middle east into a sheet of glass, I mean honestly, the marines are part of the navy, it takes two branches to describe one. The army is the army, has been since the 1700's, and even existed before marines. Marines are badass yes but... The us army easily takes the cake for this poll.

Army cannot compete with Marines don't get me wrong the army are a bunch of great men and women but they did not take the cake against Marines the Army does less with more the Marine Corps does more with less enough said

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.

This list is bunk. I'm an ex infantry soldier,and have crosses trained with Marines,the British Army,and the Australian Army. The Marines are by far the most unorganized and always was coming to us grunts asking for directions. Reason being,they are trained to take over an objective by brute Force,no tactical movements at all. So their chain of command keeps them blind so they are unaware of the task at hand. The Army and Marines fight side by side on most occasions. It's a political stunt,like dropping over sized condoms on the enemy. It produces fear that they are less than. The French cammando, Navy seals, Army Rangers are by far the elite of the elite,in that order.

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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. - ArdaUlay

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4 French Foreign Legion

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

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!

5 U.S. Navy

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.

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

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 the biggest muscle of uncle Sam. If you think the end is comming, you're wrong. Call this guys and they will fix it. They fixed the Japanese navy that beated all the comonwealth + French and Dutch fleet in wwii.

It is larger than the fleet of Italy, UK, France and Germany combined. Beside number it's more sofisticated that any of those (the bigger the budget the better it is).

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6 Australian Army

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.

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

The U.S Air Force has bases all over the world and is great with technology and science

Air Force is for smart people, because sometimes you need to work smarter not harder.

Def number 1 if it was a fight between branches

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8 Canadian Army

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

Canadian Army does more with less.

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.

9 Indian Army

The best there ever was or ever will be!

Becoming more deadly for terrorists...!

A lot and lot thought it would be at the number five - rineesingh

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

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10 Royal Marines

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!

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!

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

Best Trained infantry soldiers in NATO...

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The Newcomers

? 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.

? United States Space Force

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The Contenders

11 Spetsnaz

They will kill navy seals without a sweat :-(

What dumbass said they can kill seals without a sweat?

They are tough and fearless

They have the strongest men in the world, best military/kung fu like training in the world.

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12 Waffen-SS

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

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

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

13 Komando Pasukan Khusu (Kopassus)
14 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 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 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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15 Philippine Special Forces
16 North Korean 8th Army

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

17 IRA

Nah mate kick your arse

Bunch of drunkards

18 Red Army

they are greatest ever, no doubt about it

19 Indian Navy

They drowned me on land

The're the best...!

20 Indian Air Force

Best in the world...!

21 Pakistan Army

Today people will judge them by Money equipment etc but their training and bravery is unbeatable they have never lost against India since independence

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

No thanks

22 Bundeswehr
23 Special Air Service

The best say no more.

24 The Gurkhas

They can kill anyone with just a swing of their arm

Fearless natural killing machines.

25 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

26 US National Guard
27 British Parachute Regiment
28 Israeli Sayeret Matkal

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

Should be much higher

"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.

29 Việt Kông

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.

30 People's Liberation Army Ground Force

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

31 Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)

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


32 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

33 Guardia Civil

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

34 Nepali Army
35 Carabinieri
36 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.

37 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.

38 Russian Ground Forces
39 Imperial Japanese Navy
40 Naval Service of the United Kingdom

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

41 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.

42 Botswana Defense Force
43 Māori Battalion
44 Mexico Army

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

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