Top 10 Most Elite Special Forces

The Top Ten

1 British SAS

I think that most of the other units learnt from the SAS experiances. And adopted their training such as the killing house.

First they are British so they know what they are doing.
Second they have proved in several operations that they are capable of taking down the threat.

The sas, are the most elite forces by far. Their training is so dangerous people die from it. Also, they raid buildings with hostages in it, just as training and with real guns!

It says best special forces but most on list are spec ops sas sbs delta sets naze as where seal are spec forces think a few need educating seals best special forces sbs best spec op due to aqua training - Smithereens

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2 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.

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.

to good

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3 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

If based on skills and not for the equipment nor technologies, they are all best of the best.

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4 Russian Spetznaz

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

Excellent special forces. All-arms, all environments. Equal or better than US in many fields. Only weaknesses would be the very latest ELINT Cyber-crypt war but rapidly catching up. Would argue US has more emphasis on extreme long-range shooting- but this is also being bridged.
Would also argue CQC & survival-evasion is below KOPASSUS- KOPASSUS MUST have mastery of 2 martial arts- and below KOPASSUS in terms of creating organic insurgents/counter-insurgents (Indonesian ex IJA speciality). Definitely would eat UK SAS SBR SBS for breakfast. UK- Holland-NATO- you cannot even compare- what passes as gentle training in Russia would be banned in Europe as too ferocious & dangerous. - IndoRaya

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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

They are the best of the best. They take recruits from Seal Team 6. These guys are Gods

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6 Indian NSG

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.

The best deddicated to the nation and will be on peak for you and for me they r always on top

Great force

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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

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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

Should not be taken seriously. Oz SAS/SAS-R expect to come home alive after a war to live life of abundance and pampered luxury. Major difference between Spetsnaz, KOPASSUS and some US SPECFOR. Training has changed markedly since 1960s- barely exposed to any rigours or brutalities of true warfare in training. No physical abuse allowed anymore. Cannot withstand Indonesian Basic DOPER training (6th week live fire for all arms). Minimal exposure to terrorist & separatist warfare. Minimal exposure to live fire in training. Over-reliance on computer systems and computer simulated combat. Cannot fight without massive US all-encompassing aerial & heavy artillery umbrella. Rifle skills below par. Lose every RIMPAC AASAM to Indonesian (champion 8 years running since inception). CQC average. HALO-LALO good. Amphibious qualities average. Experience in warfare is below average- as rarely deployed and a major political liability. Sorry, but I know first hand. - IndoRaya

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10 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

GROM IS THE BEAST!

The Contenders

11 U.S. Army Rangers

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

Rangers lead the way

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12 UK Royal Marines Commando
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

Best!

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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

Since they won the last Nato special forces competition againts Delta boys they deserve better than 11th...

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15 Canadian Joint Task Force 2

Best in the world the quickest and most stealthy underrated force on the planet enemies had better watch there backs

You'd have a better time invading Russia than Canada, we are the most under rated and over looked country in the world but guess what, we've always been there through thick and thin. Remember when we took vimy ridge? Ya we know you've forgotten, but we haven't. Remember on d-day when you gave us the most treacherous beach to invade and we still made it further inland than anyone else did, we know you don't care, we know you think we're week, but history proves otherwise my friends. You need something done? Call us up when you want some real grit

Watch the quiet ones

JTF2 is one of the most highly trained elite forces in the world, they can practically do anything because Canada has the most advanced military tactics in the world. There are 200 Canadian Special Forces right now in Mosul, they're kicking ass.

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16 SAS, Special Air Service Britain

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.

Like the SAS but with more water.

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

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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

In the forest. this is the best elite task force.

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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 Spetsnaz, Russia

Best in the world

22 Snow Leopard, China
23 Vietnamese Special Forces Service

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

24 Israeli Commandos
25 Indian MARCOS

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

Smart moves and swift operators

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26 Philippine Scout Ranger

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

They can fight and defend even with lack of technology and weapon. They are the best skilled elite force.

The black panthers are one of the best

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

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

29 French Foreign Legion

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

30 SSG Commandos, Pakistan

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

When it comes to them, THEY DO IT!

What about the notorious I.S.I?

31 Shayetet 13, Israel
32 Syrian Tiger Forces
33 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

34 Indonesian Kopaska
35 U.S. Marines

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

36 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.

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 Pgk Polis Malaysia

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

The real deal to set foot in operation

40 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

Have a look at the sapstf

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41 SFOD-D, Delta Force U.S.
42 Special Operations Force, Singapore
43 Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment

They are superb. The are like sas.

Best soldiers whith best powers

44 Malaysian PASKAU

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

45 Albanian SWAT Team R.E.N.E.A.
46 Indonesian Detachment 88

Special Task Force to counter terrorism
Well planned strategy is worth than 1000 man

47 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!

48 Indian Ghatak Force
49 Italian GIS
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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