Top 10 Most Elite Special Forces

The Top Ten

1 British SAS

Can't get better than the SAS as has been proved by history

Most strongest in the world.

I'm part of the most dangerous elite special forces in the world baby

Put other special forces through there training and they wouldn't make it the sas are easily the best they were fighting in ww2 before others where even being considered so puts the sas up top

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2 Indonesian Kopassus

Just because all holywood movies talk about US Army, all people knew that US ARMY is the best.. this IndonesiaN KOPASSUS are really well trained army.. they're ready to serve his best country even their lifes must be taken..

I think Kopassus Is The best because he can war not in good equipment weapon,

Master of guerrilla warfare

They're all brutally trained to make up for our machinery and weaponry obviously. The thing is they aren't just physically trained like any other special forces in the world, their martial arts are also focusing in psychological and spiritual endurance. They meditate and train their energy or chakra to be able to do things immposible for normal person like driving and fighting with their eyes closed. Break bricks and steel with their bare hand, thigh and even head. They have the strongest survival as well, trust me, you can just drop this guys in the middle of thickest amazon or even in the middle of sahara desert and they'll make it out alive.

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3 U.S. Navy SEALs

They have to be the best in the world right now. Not traditionally; but the best in the world at this time. Among all special ops units in the world, training, tactics, and ability is a dead heat where no one has the advantage. But the Navy SEALS do have an advantage over all others because they have the most advanced technology and superior high-tech weaponry available for any scenario.

I am choosing to become a seal in a few years and I would say there training is 75% mental 20% physical and5% skill. I have also done a ton of research and it is the most on top and hardest training. Rather than a bunch of crazy men wanting to feel pain and brake there own bones.

Only picking this because it’s the highest-ranking American one. (Not to be rude to anyone, I didn’t mean it in a rude way)

I am not well educated in special forces, but I've read a whole bunch of books including different ones and I'm impressed with the SEALs. They are generally regarded as the USA's best special forces.
Funny, my fifth grade teacher used to go on and on about the Rangers. I ended up disliking him, but not for that. Rangers are cool, but the SEALs seem more highly trained. I mean no offense to anyone.

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4 Russian Spetznaz

Pubg helmet squatting vodka bois lol

The fact that they are trained to enjoy pain, and to never be taken alive puts them in a completely different league then the rest. They literally do not fear death, they do not care if they are shoot or are bleeding or have shrapnel in their body they enjoy that pain and will fight until their blood runs cold. No other military group can match up to their skill, clinical brutality, and sheer will power.

Spetsnaz have the most brutal training in the world

The best spec ops in the world and the best, training

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5 U.S. Delta Force

The best of the best their operators have the ability to use whatever they want as long as they get the job done these badasses used grease guns in the Iraq war and their only failed mission happened because of mechanical malfunction

"Delta Force" is a rumored tier 1 special operations unit in SOCOM and JSOC. And by rumored, I mean the U.S. Government hasn't ever acknowledged it's existence and, therefore, is technically only a rumor.

Navy SEALs are a tier 2 special operations group in SOCOM. They are acknowledged by the U.S. Government. They're great at what they do but Delta is much better trained.

Delta should've been number one withe DEVGRU and SAS right behind.

They are a elite counter terrorism group. Most of what they do came from the British Special Air Service

Identical selection as British sas with recruitment from a better stock of soldier. Green beret and rangers as well as had devgru operators join the ranks with the most money and cross training in the world. Hands down the best. Other smu's get missions delta gets objectives. Delta ops change the world

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6 Indian NSG

Black Cat commando unit of Indian Army is the most formidable commando unit across the globe.

World best special forces

Black cats are the best to perform operation during nights... They played a vital role after marcos during 26/11 attack... They could be the best but our politicians don't spend enough...

One of the best special forces in Asia. Proved it's worth in various missions like Black Tornado, Black Thunder etc.

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7 U.S. Green Berets

The are many "Special Operation Forces" but there is only ONE SPECIAL FORCE in the World! "US ARMY SPECIAL FORCES". Being a "Special Force" does not mean spectacular hostage rescue or direct action raid on Bin Laden. Special Force is not about being T.V./ Videogame Celebrieties. Special Force means performing tasks (not single mission) that are far beyond capabilities of other units or SOF. Green Berets are masters of "Unconventional Warfare" and "Asimetric Warfare". They are skilled in many fields of craft, they are "Force Multipliers", they are capable of performing long-term unconventional operations deep behind enemy lines. The greatest thing about US Special Forces is that they are "Silent Professionals" they don't push themselves into being Television Celebrities - they focus on doing their job while keeping lowest possible profile.

This force should be placed above than seals,they are the real special operative units in the US

The most underrated and overlooked of all US SOF.


8 German KSK
9 Australian Special Air Service Regiment


Should not be considered seriously for any special forces training. They have minimal experience and their soldiers are below par on endurance, survival fitness, marksmanship, evasion, counter-insurgency and many other core skills. Minimal exposure to actual war as they are a political liability for spineless Australian politicians. - IndoRaya

This would share number one with British sas

How is India number 2. anyway how come in almost every mission overseas the sasr is saving americas ass and the brits have not seen battle for a long time but seriously judging from where war is now Australia is the best because of the similar environment they have compared to that of Afghanistan and Iran

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10 UK Royal Marines Commando

Royal marines are not special forces but they are incredibly elits troops

The Contenders

11 U.S. Army Rangers

Rangers Lead the Way! They will straight up kill everyone.

Rangers lead the war, mess with the best die like the rest

How is Al Qaeda better than the U.S. Army Rangers? Rangers go in and hunt them down. They've been kicking ass since the beginning of the United States. They are the elite.

Yes Ranger's are the top and one of the oldest and still the best

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12 Polish GROM

Don't get me wrong, I'm a U.S. citizen, BUT these guys are truly amazing. In my opinion, they're up there with the SEALs. GROM is definitely underrated and overlooked, but maybe you should look again.

GROM has 25 years, 500 special operations around the world. Only one was killed - in Afghanistan

I'm pole but they deserve at least top 5


13 Shayatet 13

They've proof in every war, even in the 6 day against all arab nations fully equipped still kicked butt..

History shows how lethal and good they are for example with hostages and infiltration

Small country and small group but still performs in top category

One the best israel can offer... At least top 5 in my opinion even top 3!

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14 Turkish Red Berets

There is a short story about them:

One day soldiers found a writing in a terrorist cave:

-if he is constantly shooting at you when he sees you, wait for reload and then kill him he is a regular soldier.
-if he shoots at you when only he sees you, then he is a commando leave immediately
-if he sees you and suddenly disappears, then he is a maroon beret. don't bother you are already dead.

Commitment is most necessary weapon in military. Berets are born with it.

If there is anything treats motherland they will take it down

They killed 73 terrorists and captured 25 with only 13 men and did not lose anyone

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15 Canadian Joint Task Force 2

They kill then apologize lol

Most confirmed terrorist kills

You know a Canadian is ready to kill you when he's killed all of your friends and hasn't even apologized.

We kick ass

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16 SAS, Special Air Service Britain

On here twice - Unnamed Google User Remade

Best in the world

Simply the nr 1

17 Russian Alpha Group
18 SBS Special Boat Service

The SBS are the UK's naval special forces counterparts of the SAS trained to the same standard as the SAS but go onto further training with an emphasis on naval operations these soldiers are the most secretive of the worlds special forces with little facts known about the SBS. All SBS ops are today still top secret!

Having served in the marines I have first hand knowledge of the sbs. Ask 2 para who they rate best sbs or sas.

It's the same as the SAS but they just specialisze at naval warfare

Like the SAS but with more water.

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19 Malaysian Grup Gerak Khas

The one who saves the lives of American in Somalia 1993 (black hawk down)

They save American lives during Somalia war but sadly their action don't shown up in Hollywood movie "Black Hawk Down"felt disappointed actually but their action will be remembered by all American soldier that fought during Somalia war

This is the most trained Commando. Well

Very well trained army. There can fight even not with superweapon.. That's all.. Thumb up!

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20 United States MARSOC

Not as "Hollywood" as Seals or Green Berets, but that's how it should be.

They're US Marines, and will always win!

Untested so far as they were quite recently formed but are quite well trained

21 Snow Leopard, China

It’s pretty good though.

22 Spetsnaz, Russia

Best in the world

23 Vietnamese Special Forces Service

One of the deadliest threat to the US and Allied forces during the Vietnam War

24 Philippine Scout Ranger

The world strongest Military in the world

Better than kopassus

Best anti-guerrilla forces in the world, tagged as the most formidable fighter, 10,000 operatives of this unit plus appropriate weapons can conquer the world. The beginning of stealth warfare.

The best jungle warfare in the world..Like a black panther

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25 Israeli Commandos
26 SSG Commandos, Pakistan

No comparison best in the world

No comparison in world
Best army

These big guns can handle anything no matter what situation they are the most bravest among the in this list

PAKISTAN is the best - patriotic

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27 Indian MARCOS

Smart moves and swift operators

These guys are like Ghost. They come in for operation, finish the job and walk away quietly. Clearly, Invincible.

They r 8 times winner of best international special forces..

Politicians are only obstacles

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28 JTF2, Joint Task Force 2 Canada
29 Dutch Korps Commandotroepen

You never hear from them, but they are incredibly strong and are, apart from France, Denmark and England, the best Special Forces and definitely deserve a place in the top 10. - AlphaGaming2000

Awesome training and respected by all Spec ops WW

Respected and loved by all. One of the most profesional forces in the world, greetings from a Grom vet

Best sf in the world

30 French Foreign Legion

What Happen On This? , One Of the Best 2nd Regiment Parachute and Elite troops in The World

31 Shayetet 13, Israel
32 Indonesian Kopaska

Saya Warga Indonesia Dan Haruss Memilih Kopassus/kopaska INDONESIA

33 Syrian Tiger Forces
34 Irish Army Ranger Wing (ARW)

The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) of Ireland is one of the most elite special forces units in Europe, and the world. They have been in existence since the 1960s, and officially since 1980. They conducted sanctioned missions and "black ops" on every continent, plus peacekeeping duties in Somalia, East Timor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Lebanon, Western Sahara, Liberia, and Chad, among others, losing just 3 personnel. With an operational strength of 200 men, these are the cream of the crop from the Irish Army. A fighting force that is trained to kill with their bare hands, they train alongside US Army Rangers (75th regiment), Delta Force and the SAS, plus many more. They are among the best equipped EU special forces, and are currently tackling pirates in the Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean, Somalia, close protection duties for the United Nations mission in Lebanon, security and intel. gathering on the Syrian border with Israel (Golan Heights) and training other special forces ...more

35 Iranian Army's NOHED Special Force.

Brigade 65 of iran's airborne special forces known as the NOHED is the most fearful force in the middle east. they have proven themselves in thousands of occasions such as iran iraq war,gulf of aden and today they are fighting the isis in iraq and syria.
they are trained in hostage rescue,counter terrorism,urban warfare,guerrilla warfare etc.

36 U.S. Marines

Can some one please explains why terrorist are better then all these other "good forces"?

37 CIA (S.A.D.) 'Special Activities Division'

These guys are the uncontested number one heavy weight champions when it comes to special operations, these guys are true operators.

The chosen few; best of the best.
The United State's ultimate Special-Op is highly secretive, and it recruits from JSOC-(DevGru, Delta-Force, Force Recon... Etc. Even Grey Fox) With more elite/less combatants than JTK2! These guys do everything:

• Sabotage
• Kidnappings
• Reconnaissance
• Hostage Rescue
• Counter Terrorism
• Bomb Damage Assessment
• Personnel and Material Recovery

-Often deploying as many as Six to One operatives.

Interesting Fact: "Since CIA SAD's existence, it has been the first unit into every warzone, from Iraq to Afghanistan, gathering intel."

38 Sri Lankan Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol

This is the only one special force that won a war during last few decades by defeating the most ruthless terrorist organization "LTTE". This top-secret group went on to play a huge role, operating deep behind enemy lines, gathering intelligence and eliminating key targets. Until now, no one has ever filmed this elite unit, and until the end of the war, the government kept their very existence under wraps

I am a sri lankan, I know for real these guys are bad ass

It's so sad nobody listed Sri Lankan special forces in top 10 list.. SL special forces doomed LTTTE terrorist group..

Excellent.LTTE develop tremors on hearing the name

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39 Indonesian Denjaka
40 Pgk Polis Malaysia

The best special unit I heard about when staying in Asia.

The real deal to set foot in operation

41 Albanian SWAT Team R.E.N.E.A.

Best special forces in Balkan and not only

Most powerful special forces in eastern europe

42 SFOD-D, Delta Force U.S.
43 Malaysian PASKAU

The best airborne is southasia.. I admit even I'm not Malaysian.. Based on fact

44 South African Special Forces

They are the best in Africa if not the world I'm proud of our special forces we rank amounts the best of the best we fear naught but god

Our better is better than your best

Just because their South African

Training and special weapons

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45 Italian GIS
46 Special Operations Force, Singapore
47 Indian Ghatak Force
48 Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment

Best soldiers whith best powers

They are superb. The are like sas.

49 Indian Garud Commando Force

The Garud Commando Force is the Special Forces unit of the Indian Air Force. It was formed in September 2004 and has a strength of approximately 2000 personnel. The unit derives its name from Garuda, a divine bird-like creature of Hindu Mythology.

It is one of the best special force in Asia!

50 SOG, Sweden

It's fine that it's not top on the list, because they aren't an elite force... They are a special force and deserves top 5, any SOG operator could beat any Navy SEAL any day...

Coming from an American: SOG operators are underrated. Why? No one really knows anything about them. Lots of somewhat secret infromation about the SAS and Navy SEALs have been leaked though people writing books and making movies about them. This does to a certain extent runin their secrecy. Though it may be small, the Swedish armes forces are neutoriously very well treaind, as through exercesises conducted with US Green berets during the excersise Aurora 17 last month, both parts determined that the Swedes matched their US counderparts with relative ease. This list ranks the most well know forces near the top, because they are the forces that people are informed about. Like Delta Force, the SOG are true quiet prefessionals that work in the shadows. In reality the SOG belongs in the top 10 if not top 5 easily.

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