Top 10 Most Well Trained Special Forces On Earth

The world's heros who are ready to do the hardest missions.

The Top Ten

1 British SAS

Fact - Nearly ALL the worlds Special Forces base their military model on the British SAS. In fact, the USA's Delta Force was set up after the founder spent time attached to the SAS. The Delta Forces even uses an SAS organisational structure using troops and squadrons. It's often remarked that the sand beret is also worn by US Rangers but this was a recent development and in any case the Rangers are NOT the same kind of unit. It can be said with confidence that the world's most professional special forces is that belonging to Britain.

The Special Air Service is the number one fighting force in the world it is trained to perform equally well in all the fields listed for the SEALs, but is also trained by MI-5 and MI-6 for in-depth counter-espionage, more so than the SEALs. Physical competency must be of equal stature to the SEALs, to the degree that both special forces work closely together when necessary (Iraq and Afghanistan) and have good camaraderie.

The original special forces, all others are based off them. Should definitely be above the SEAL's.


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2 Navy SEALs

The Navy SEaLs are the best the United States has to offer. They life is revolves around training. They are one of the best in physical capabilities after the Spetsnaz. They are a breed of super solider with the SAS, spetsnaz.

The SEALS are the best in the world today. Arguing physical, mental, and emotional training is moot because all special ops units are elite in those categories. However, the SEALS have advantages over others with the unparalleled US military budget, which provides them with training in every geographical & climate scenario. The US has been active in wars around the globe since the Cold War, providing the SEALS with actual battlefield experience and proven results; whereas most other units have belong to nations who have not been at war for many years. At the end of the day, the SEALS blow past the competition because of their incredibly advanced technology and endless firepower. Upon completion of duty, former SEALS are the most hired consultants by other nations to oversee training for their respective units than any other special ops organization.

We have the history and experience to back it up. Plus the best training in every weather and geography and access to advanced technology man has to offer. Also we are constantly in hostile situations and are combat ready and are active to this day. can't say the same for some of these other spec-ops forces. Most other nations are limited to small defense budgets and lack of diverse terrain in training situations and conditioning. Also where are the experience of actual combat or credentials gained? Actions speak louder than words...

Yes actions speak louder than words... That's why SAS wins... Original... Still the best

The SEAL are the most high class troops the U.S has sent into battle. They train 24/7 and fight till the bitter end. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE VETERANS

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3 Russian Spetsnaz

Spetsnaz training would be illegal in the US or other Western nations. They are constantly out fighting and are practically invincible to any kind of punishment. Not to mention the fact that they have some of the best weapons on earth, like the AK-74m.

Survive the most brutal training, some of the training that they have to go through is not even allowed in the US. And it is SPETSNAZ not spetnaz

Spetsnaz are the most trained soliders in the world. There almost impossible to crack in interrogation and are taught not ignore pain but to enjoy it.

They are the best

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4 U.S Green Berets

Green Beret train longer than Rangers

US Special Forces (Green Berets) deserve the term of "Spearhead" of American military forces. These soldiers undergo extensive training in firearms proficiency, tactical shooting, linguistics, cultural communication, psychology, intelligence gathering, first aid, sniping, hand to hand combat, evasion, survival.

"The Green Beret" is becoming a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom. I know the United States Army will live up to its reputation for imagination, resourcefulness, and spirit as we meet this challenge. - John F Kennedy

Rangers and SEALs will ever be as good as the Green Beret. True, Rangers are ready to go on a dime but so are airborne units and pretty much every other special ops unit in the military, it's not hard to kick in doors etc etc. Direct action unit's like Rangers and SEALs are elite but Green Beret can not only do everything they can, but one of the biggest things is the fact that they can go into another country and topple it from the inside without help of conventional Forces. Overall say what you will but Breen Beret are the best there are.

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5 The Delta Force

I think most of these lists are heavily influenced by Hollywood on other media. When looking at a true all-around soldier, look no further than Delta Force. There may be other selections that are tougher but that doesn't make you the most effective warrior. You won't find any better shooters than these guys other than maybe US Secret Service.

Its Delta Force period. Delta Force pulls members from all branches of the U.S. military. Delta Force combat diver training is as hard as seal team 6 training. The vast majority of their missions you will just never hear of.

Best and one of the most secretive forces in the US. Modeled after the British 22 Special Air Service Regiment, or SAS. The founder/co-founder of SFOD-D was a former SAS operative who thought the US needed an elite force like the SAS.

Better than green berets

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6 Shayetet 13

Shayetet 13 is among the best special forces around. Highly active in recent years, high quality people.

Shayetet 13 is more similar to the seals than delta force after they are "the Israeli navy seals", I think they deserve a spot in the top 5 for sure... Some of the units here were trained by men that came from the Israeli special forces like the Indians and the polish GROM for example

The #1 special force in Israel and in Asia, similar to The Delta Force, and supremely well trained

High quality people

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7 Pakistan Special Service Group (SSG)

Very brave and Courageous. A Russian president once said that if he had Pakistan's army and Russian weapons he could conquer all the world because they are very brave.

Actually, it was hitter that said "if I had German strategy, American weapons and Egyptian soldiers, I would have conquered the world" you dumb fool lol

The ssg had only 100 me in the battle of the hill in afganistan in which they posed as mujahideen and attacked the Russian regiments of spetsnaz there. They won the battle although the enemy had the elevation o there posts and superior numbers to there side. In another case only 100 ssgs cleared 3 towns in swat district from 2000 taliban in a matter of 2 days!

It is not the weapon they hold, it's the men behind it that matters. No matter how the west view them, simply because word MUSLIM attached to their identity. I wonder if they know, that exact word is their strength. It is impossible to separate the two.

Best in the world

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8 U.S Rangers

Ranger Regiment is working at a consistently higher level than nearly any other operational unit on the planet. There are a only a handful of tier 1 assets across the globe that can boast an equal operational tempo, higher rate of success, or more difficult training cycle than the Regiment. No other unit is harder to stay in than Regiment. Others may be harder to get to, but none are as difficult to remain within due to the nature of the training and constant deployment schedule. The Regiment of "Black Hawk Down" is unrecognizable in terms of the type of mission sets the Regiment is performing today. If people knew just what the Regiment really did today, I think you'd find them well within the top 5 on this and any other list around.

I served as an Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger. I'm Pathfinder qualified as well as completing SERE training. I respect all the highly trained special units mentioned in this article (well maybe not Spetsnaz). I think the Seals are getting all the attention because they like to be in the spotlight. The Marine statement below is just foolish and not worthy of a reply, enough said on that. I don't think people realize that Rangers stay ready to deploy every minute of every day. We should be higher on this list because we are always on the go. We go anywhere anytime on every type of mission with no notice. We don't (can't) talk about the things we do. We just do and then get ready to hit the tarmac again. People would not believe the places I've been deployed throughout my career. Truly "RANGERS LEAD THE WAY"

In what way are the green berets better then the rangers? There mission is unconventional warfare, the rangers mission is direct action (seek and destroy). And as far as training is concerned for rangers it's about maintaining those high standards that are expected of them, you earn your scroll every day. And oh by the way 75 percent of delta force operators come from the 75th ranger regiment. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!


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9 Special Boat Service (SBS)

The SBS is the most highly trained and quietest of all British special forces. They complete the same selection and training as SAS but are not 'badged' until they have completed more extensive and rigorous SBS training.

Contrary to some opinion here, they are not 'part of the SAS'. They are part of the Royal Marines.

Americans seem to believe the Seals are the best having pulled off one good mission. The SBS have been doing it for years but without telling anyone.

Special Boat Service the equivalent to the Navy Seals but because they are the sister regiment to the SAS with the same sort of training apart from being marine based is BETTER than the Navy Seals Just like the SAS.

Sbs are less known than sas and they specialise in different things but are just as good as the sas they should also be number one!


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10 Polish GROM

Polish GROM is in the same league as British SAS, US Navy Seals and Delta Force. It has been created and trained based on the same principles and standards as them. In my opinion, GROM should be within the world's top 4 special units. Just ask the British and the Americans who carried out quite a few special operations with GROM, they will tell you what GROM is worth.

GROM should be placed on 4-6th place. For sure ask British or U.S. soldiers.

Actually grom worked with seals many times and even seals learned some training methods from them, they're either equal or better than seals, the only special forces that are better is in my opinion sas

JW 2305 GROM belongs to Polish Special Forces, the fourth kind of Polish Army, which is a formator in NATO Special Operations HQ. This unit is specialized in MOOTW, PR, counterterrorostic and hostage- rescue operations. Fewer but still, the JW 2305 does SR, DA and sturm operations. GROM was formed with help from US Navy SEAL's and SAS officers and trainers, so its doctrine is based on skills these units, therefore JW 2305 could be located among these two. As SEAL's and SAS are dads for GROM, as GROM is dad for other Polish SOF units, as JWK- the oldest PL SOF unit, Formoza and especially for AGAT, the youngest one. The first one is specialized in UW, SR and DA, the third one in MS, DA and sturms but Formoza is equivalent in stricte meaning of this unit for SEALs. As we can see, GROM is the most popular PL SOF unit, but not only and paying attention for all PL SOF units, we can't compare theirs skills because they do all nad together, side by side.

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The Contenders

11 Indian MARCOS

Indian MARCOS are one of the best forces present in the world, HALO and HAHO trained, Equipped with best Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles and real-time war Equipments required. These guys are emotionally very trained and highly motivated when it comes to defending their own country. The rejection rate during the selection is as high as 98%, that's why India has only 2000 marine commandos. Sooner or Later this special group will be on TOP and very soon the death of Pakistan (A terrorist promoting country) will be delivered by the hands of MARCOS.

See, Indian special forces/MARCOS- they are the one who are prepared keeping in view the worst ever situation. So they are the best.
Secondly, unfortunately we as India have no. Of bad experieneces as terrorism, warfronts, hill terrain warfare, sea front war etc... But the good is that we are more familiar with the things, so we know better than any one how to face the situations, thus they are trained keeping in view all the things.
Thirdly India is a land of different terrain ( almost all sorts are available here), so they are trained in different terrains.
Last but not least, you can come out with a strategy for a mind driven person, some powerful enemy but for an emotionally driven with the fire of enthusiasm & love for the country. You can't stop them.

The Indian MARCOS is one of the most powerful special forces on the planet. They defeat the Navy Seals in terms of physical and mental traing. In fact the only edge the Seals have over MARCOS is technology. But, by 2020 when India becomes a superpower, the MARCOS will be the most powerful special force in the world.


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12 German GSG 9

Official sources say this is the number 1 hardest special force in the world... just saying

They belong to the top 5

I agree top 5, these guys are bad ass and get the job done. Should definitely be rated higher than Rangers and or Green Berets.

Highly trained, badass police forces

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13 Israeli Mossad

The Mossad are the best agency in the world, an agency that often bested bigger agencies like mi6 and the CIA. The Mossad are the agency that found out that Iran was making nuclear bombs.

I think Israel is best in army

The mossad is so secret that even they don't know what they are doing, but I think they are working with a high technology and shlould be in the top 5

As a former USMC, I wouldn’t “F” with the Mossad...

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14 United States Air Force Pararescue

They have to be able to rescue any soldier on the planet regardless of the situation, and they have premiere medical training that others on this list lack. I notice Navy SEAL's are number one. PJ's have to go through more training and be able to save a SEAL anywhere on Earth, whether it be a mountain, Ocean, or 200 miles behind enemy lines.

These guys have saved the lives of thousands, whether they be victims of natural disaster, downed airmen, fallen soldiers, and wounded civilians. They have rescued people from the British Army, Afghani ANA, Coalition troops, and more going all the way back to Vietnam. These guys are what Navy SEALs and SAS members would be if they went to med school.

Top tier "Superman" training that even the other special forces operators respect. Air, sea, jungle, sand...they're in it killing bad guys, usually behind enemy lines, and with a primary mission to save your ass at the same time no matter who you are, how well you were trained, or what the attrition from your program. If you've needed them, you know this, and how happy you were to see them coming.The fact that they are trained as equals, treat other operators as equals, and do their job SELFLESSLY for Army, Navy, Marine, fellow Air Force, or foreign friendly alike, makes them number one in my book.

Water Confidence training, AKA "The Pool". After PJ recruits spend their day training like a Ranger of a Navy Seal, they spend time in a swimming pool where they are forced to perform tasks while being denied the ability to breathe. Imagine following a Ranger's daily training with a waterboarding session where the subject must perform tasks while being waterboarded.

Most people don't know the U.S. Air Force even has Special Operations units. The PJ's do their jobs better than you can imagine, and almost in complete obscurity.

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15 United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance

My father was a Marine Corps Sniper in Vietnam. I wanted to follow in his footsteps but he told me no because they don't try to train you they try to kill you. The Marines are always the ones on the frontline during a war or conflict yet you dare to put them as 15th to the best? No wonder the moral of the true elite of the elite armed forces are so far down. No wonder there are so many American Veterans committing suicide. Our men & women are sacrificing their lives and/ or their sanity only to be told that they aren't good enough. The men & women who are blessed enough to come home to their families come with PTSD, DID, Depression, Lowered Moral and a sense of not being good enough. My father came home on Medical Discharge after he lost it after seeing two of his best friends heads blown off in Vietnam. He came home with Depression, DID, PTSD and Anxiety so bad that he would jump out of his skin if a door slammed around him. HOW DARE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT PUT THE MARINES WHO RISKS ...more

Not only special operations group but member had to go thru regular infantry Marine Corps training... Which is the toughest infantry training in the world.

Wow this should be up by the top wow really

Crushed Japans infantry in WW2; Chinese and Korean infantry in the Korean War, North Vietnamese and Chinese infantry in Vietnam, kicked ass in Fallijia. Respect all the mentioned units, USMC kicks butt.

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16 French Naval Commandos

France actually WON more wars than any other nation in the history... this is what make the British and their cousins so angry and despising about it.

A very discreet but very effective SF unit. Training is among the hardests in the world, if not the hardest. Humility, determination and toughness is our way of life.

According to historians (UK historians actually) France has the best ratio in terms of winning major conflicts. People should remember that we're talking about a major nuclear, diplomatic power consistently for 300 years. That counts for something.

France has the best special forces
Go on the field and succeed their missions, not like the Americans

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17 MI6

No Not the SAS, MI6 looks after all external problems by gathering foreign intelligence where as MI5 deal with the internal and domestic stuff. Spooks if you like.

An intelligence service doesn't count as a special force.

British are best

I thought it only went up to 10, what the heck.

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18 United States CIA Special Activities Division

Best of the best from around the world. Check it out training is top secret.

It is hilarious and ridiculous that this is not #1

They conduct missions that other spec ops wouldn't be able to do because of political reasons.

CIA has the worlds fastest jet ever made. The Special reconnaissiance 71 blackbird.

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19 British Royal Marine Commandos

You think your fit until you Join Recruit Training for the Royal Marines, my god is training pure hell on earth, During my training I saw some of the fittest people I have ever met break down, cry, and leave, fitness alone won't get you through Commando training, you need the mental capacity to overcome adversity and then some more, with twice as much more added to that, true thinking mans Commando

Many US Marines couldn't hack the British Royal Marine commando course. Lots of American Marines who were sent to do our commando course have said there's is a walk in the park compared to ours. To all you guys out there who have earned your green beret you have my respect and make me proud to be British.

111 Trp.. Tough boys and brotherhood/teamwork that fits all situations. Green berets are not easy to get.. However, SAS are another league but no one recognises SBS as they are undercover and even most Brits have not heard of them as after the seige in London where the SAS was exposed, the SBS now use the SAS title as they do not want publicity but just to complete mission fact is that Royal Marines are top 10, SAS top 5 but SBS top 2.. Seeing this table, it is just wrong. However, you guys should check out unit 777 and the Turks.. Jesus are they tough. Out the 2 I would say unit 777 would wipe them out.. They can even potentially join SBS in battle for top 2. Dangerous bunch.

RM 539 ASSAULT. Royal Marines are as good as it gets.. Hard as old boots..multi Skilled,highly Intelligent... and bloody dangerous. SBS.. just RMs with flippers and a snorkel 😉 SAS..great guys..known a few.. all NUTS!

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20 Kopassus

One kopassus equals with 5 soldiers when we talk about bare hands combat

They are not depends on high technology on the war.

With its headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, KOPASSUS is considered to be an elite force that has traditionally emphasized its small size and its quick-strike potential. It has been involved in numerous military actions in response to internal Indonesian unrest. KOPASSUS units were involved in 1981 in freeing the hostages from the "Woyla, " the Garuda Airline plane hijacked by followers of Imran, leader of an Islamic splinter movement in West Java. Imran forced the plane to land at the Don Muang Airport in Thailand. KOPASSUS troops to Thailand and brilliantly overwhelmed the hijackers. Around 90 troops from KOPASSUS were dispatched to Irian Jaya when a rebel group took hostages there have left the province without rescuing the remaining captives in 1996. KOPASSUS members climbed Mount Everest in 1997.

Some of Kopassus are using Dark Magic belive or not,like immune to every poison,bullet,etc but maybe they are not immune to a nuke

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21 Austrian Jagdkommando

First of all they are the best and most effective Special Force in mountainious regions, and that's a fact! As a former German soldier I have worked with them on some missions, and they are far to underestimated. For example in Afghanistan, they worked together with the French Foreign Legion, the German KSK and Green Berrets if I am not mistaken. Normaly the Foreign Legion is responsible for scouting, but they couldn't do it so the Jagdkommando jumped in instead. The retrieved some very important informations, while never being spotted, even the Foreign Legion was really impressed.

So they should be at least under the top 15.

Numquam Retro - Never Back

One of the hardest trainings I know of...i tried theire basic mountai training...i was down after 30mins!

22 Australian SAS

Regimented and trained originally on the British model and too the casual observer is just a smaller version
In actual fact is not much smaller in actual personnel and takes up a considerable slice of the Australian military budget
H become much more entwined with US special forces command since the Vietnam War as the US has a lot more shared interests in operational theater with Australia than Britian ever will
With three regiments scattered in different parts of this vast continent, a well funded war chest and access too the latest US weapons platforms its not a force too be taken lightly
An exchange tour as guests of their antipododial offshoot is a must do for any Brit SAS member who has been "in" for a few year what with three regiments scattered in different parts of this most diverse continent that encompasses all climatic and geographical conditions, a huge war chest, some of the most experienced and continually active personnel in the world and ...more

Aus SAS operations from Vietnam to Afghanistan speak for themselves. This force is highly regarded by British and US special forces commanders and regularly trains side by side. The Aus SAS selection is considered by many to be the toughest on the planet as it is basically the same as the British selection but in more rugged, hostile and very hot conditions. In the absence of a Marine Corps, the Aus SAS also train like the British SBS or US navy Seals. It staggers belief that they are not listed here in the top 3 to 5, as they have been by Military experts in other more investigated or official almanacs. Perhaps because most of the opinions come from countries with much larger populations and patriotic bias.

These guys have the best reputation in the global scene, first they save a group of navy seals in Afghanistan, second in the same operation they infiltrate an area that British SAS, Delta Force, SEALs and any other unit couldn't get any where near, and finally during the Vietnam war they were called the phantoms of the jungle because they were so deadly

Aussie’s don’t need the ranking, the allies and foes alike know and that’s all that matters… keep it simple and don’t over complicate what needs to be achieved, do not step into the light and work within the shadows and we should all do the same by not dragging them out underneath the blue sky…

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23 Pakistani Special Service Group Navy

They are one of the best special naval forces in the world much much then crap MARCOS

Being the best, I have never seen they winning any war.

One of the best force in the world for been very brave

Proud to be Pakistani

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24 Israeli Sayeret Matkal

I am in the Israeli army and I have tried out for both Sayeret Matkal and Shayetet 13, from what I have done in their training and what I know about the units, I would say Sayeret Matkal is better trained than Shayetet 13, and are extremely secretive with their identities, they train side-by-side with the British SAS, and are known to complete missions of extreme danger, and complexity. They are by far one of the best units this world has to offer, anyone terrorist having Sayeret Matkal looking for them, has an almost inevitable death. Israeli's train years for the chance to just get the tryout for this elite special force. I am currently in the Sayeret Egoz unit of the Golani brigade in the IDF, I dropped to that special force, after completing, but not making the cut of the Sayaret Matkal brigade.

I totally agree as an Indian I feel the Israeli spec ops unit should have been there in the list. Traditionally Israel is a commando nation and their doctrine is accepted by both seals and our spec ops units. They live in an environment where they get to hone their skills on battle. Without an iota of doubt both Sayeret Matkal and SHAYETET 13 are amongst the most elite units. The naval commandos are dominated by SBS, SHAYETET 13, SEALS and Marcos. Rest all units have derived their curriculum from these units. Sayeret Matkal needs no comparison Mossad selects these operatives period

This list is simply not accurate since Sayeret Matkal is missing from the top 10 list

Best of the Best

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25 United States Marine Corps. ANGLICO

They are the most highly trained force in the world. They have a longer boot camp then any of the other 3 branches in the United States military. They are groomed in many different kinds of Martal-Arts. I would put a United States Marine Sargent against a navy seal any day of the week. They were the first to respond to the call in the pacific after Pearl Harbor. Marines are who you send in when the army just won't cut it. Born in 1775 they are the smallest but the most well trained warriors on the earth.

Better than many of the ones that are rated above them

The most Elite fire support team in the world. And the only one that has the US Department of defense distinction of calling in strikes from air, land, and sea.

Do you even know what your talking about? These coments are the resons why most special units hate working with conventional Marines. Kids like this join the Marines believing this "ANGLICO, is the most highly trained force in the world? " Are you on crack? Some great Marine cross over because they don't think this way. CAG has always been the best but one of the newest SOF units, TF-2 were really very good in Afghanistan because they were a clean slate and learned equally form the other tier one units; 22SAS, SBS, DEV, KSK, 24STS and now the Raiders. Work with a few units before you open your mouths, I thought the 10th Mt. LRS were the some of the best guys in selection, also Ranger COLT Teams, Regimental Recon, CIF, STS even Blue Light way back in the day. And who was the moron who said Secret Service shoots better than Delta? And Longest Boot Camp? So what, when other units training pipeline pipeline is 2 years long! All fire support teams learn to call for fire from air, land, and ...more

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26 German KSK

Our KSK is one of the most elite special forces in my opinion, they might have not the experience like the Navy SEALS or the SAS for example, but they are silent and tactical professionals, who get their jobs done

The operators of our KSK are pure professionals and they are on they're way to be the most elite special forces in the world

They on the way getting the best

Germans know how to fight.

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27 Ghatak Force

It is the special force basically have its roots of origin from Indian air force. Special trained for airborne operations.

The best in the world.

It's a special Indian force


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28 French GIGN

Very tactically sound. Have high success rate. Should be higher.

The GIGN is very successful and has freed over 600 hostages around the world since they were formed. They should actually be in the top 7 at least.

I expected to see GIGN as #2 or #3, only about 2% of trainees pass to become operators. Putting them at #28, below the US Army Rangers? Inaccurate.

I think they should be higher on the list

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I like that team. They are the real heroes in the world

They are the best

Greatest military force in world

It's not SWAT it is SWADS,it is the special force of Bangladesh

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30 Philippine Scout Rangers

I don't know why the Scout Rangers isn't in the top 10

They are the worlds finest jungle experts that can track enemies even in the worlds deepest jungles

You'll never know who are they, as they are play beyond. Top Secret Missions in Jungle Warfare and intel..

One if not the best jungle warfare special forces in the world, special forces from other countries train with these guys when it comes to jungle warfare.

When it comes to jungle warfare, nothing comes close to the Philippine Scout Rangers. This is their specialty, they thrive on this kind of warfare, honed by years of jungle fighting against NPA's, Abu Sayyaf, MILF's, MNLF's and other Muslim terrorist in the Philippines. They have perfected the craft. To finish the training course, their final task is to engage the enemy in real battle. How's that for your training?

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31 United States Delta Force

Why is there 2 Delta Force in this list?

Should be a lot higher

What the!? This is probably the 2nd best here!

They should be in second since their selection process is from the British SAS not the navy seals

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32 Pakistan Marines

The bravest fighters in the world recognised during 2nd world war by the British Army. Now with more advanced weaponry, they are to be reckoned. A big Army of India in number and weaponry are afraid of it

They are similar to the united states marine corps and royal marines and are very elite - phone

They are similar to the United States marine corps

They are amazing - pen

No they are no way near as good as Royal Marines! Royal Marines can challenge navy seals EASY and even knock kn the door or DELTA! Lol this guy is a nut

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33 160th Special Aviation Regiment (Air Force Night Stalkers)

It's Special Operations Air Regiment (SOAR)... The pilots are actually drawn from all four services, but transition to the army upon approval by their parent service. These guys are truly bad ass and are the only air unit I've ever heard of who plan missions where they anticipate multiple shoot downs. Once met one guy who got shot down in a little bird, hopped on the skid of his buddy's to hitch a ride back and get in another and got back in the fight.

1. It's the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
2. It's and Army unit made up of pilots drawn from all services (who transition to the army to join)
3. They plan and execute mission where they expect multiple shoot downs.
4. I once met one who got shot down, hopped a ride on a skid back to the FOB, and the. Got another little bird and got back in the fight... Which is completely insane, and definitely wouldn't be allowed in the normal aviation world.

When the need a lift to hottest most Hostile infested parts of the world and gotta get there safely they call the night stalkers. Who flew the SEALs to the Osamas compound and actually participated in the raid? Oh ya the called the night stalkers.

Lol, you should meet the filipino pilots

34 Canadian Special Force

Come on now where do you get this bull statistic the Canadians are the top 10 best that's for sure there special forces are second to none the best special forces in the world there is a reason they are secretive that's why no one know how to rank them

Canada shows so much potential and they trained huge amount of spies for the British and the Americans. They prove them selves over and over again. But of course barely any of what they do get told to the outside world. During world war one they proved them selves and won huge battles and the spies Canada trained helped them so much in the second world war.

What! This should be in the top ten. Canada has one of the best special forces group in the world. They trained Britain and American spies in World War Two! Just let me know when this list is legit!

They are better than the swat

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35 Nazi Waffen SS

Elite forces, driven with good technological advancements and reinforced with a will to fight and die for their country and cause, brews a deadly cocktail of a force. While not suicidal like the Japanese, they were most effective for trapping and eradicating an area within hours to minutes of receiving calls and orders.

Voting for them wont turn you to a nazi, they were Trained well and went through horrible orders

The Waffen SS were the elite of the elite in Hitler's third reich.

Disgusting cowardly butchers

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36 Portuguese Commandos

Sad and though past in Angola. They were very effective in a cruel war.

Greatest of all. Have done some exercices with the american navy seals and the americans broke down. Great spirit, brave hearts!

Strong and well trained. A small but capable force.

They have a very hard physical and psychological training. They may not have the best weapons but they have proven to be very effective due to their tactical skills and toughness.

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37 Task Force

I like their physical training

Considered to be very effective part of task force K-Bar operating in Afghanistan. Deemed a valuable resource by USSOCOM commanders.

Which task force, Canadian JTF2, Sweden sog or oyher

38 Portuguese Rangers

Very well trained, tough and adaptive to many terrains and circumstances.

Just wonderful

The best

39 Irish Army Ranger Wing

One of their most successful missions during this deployment was the rescue of a group of civilians captured by gunmen from renegade Liberian forces. Acting on intelligence, twenty heavily armed Rangers were dropped by helicopter at the town of Gbapa. To avoid casualties among the hostages, the Rangers implemented a policy of non-lethal intervention and, after surrounding a 40-foot container holding the 35 hostages, rescued them and captured the rebel commander. The incident, which resulted in no Irish casualties, boosted the reputation of the Irish defense Forces.

Don't know much about them but in 2003 they got 3rd place out of 22 other countries special forces in some competition thing

Currently deployed in Somalia, Syria, Lebanon, the Balkans, and training spec. forces in Africa, these guys are beasts. Trained to kill with their bear hands, and armed to the teeth, there is only about 200 of them. They don't train "with" US Army Rangers, Delta force and the SAS, they train them!

Irish Army Ranger Wing can Out-drink any other special unit people vote for and still safe the world.

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40 Portuguese Marines

One of the best special forces in the world, with a very hard physical and mental training. They had in the war in Africa and participated in various missions in countries that are in conflict.

Best of the best - lletra

41 French Army Special Forces Brigade

I had seen these Elite Frenchmen run in their lathered combat out in the field, and firing their big guns towards targets.

42 Danish Huntsmen Corps

The danish huntsmen corps has several times been the best special unit on NATO drills..

One of the best forces in the world. Highest ranked competitions. Beaten the record for the US Rangers by 2 danish Huntsmen. Huntsman no. 1 and the inventer of the corps, helped adjusting the SAS training courses.

Highest ranked in Nato competitions


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43 Sri Lankan Special Task Force

Thought they lack the technology that most others have, these men have the heart, desire and the discipline to overcome any situation with the minimum of available resources that they are offered. So imagine if they can do so much with so little what would happen if they were to be equipped with more technologically advanced weapon systems, they would do things that others can only imagine. This is why the Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) is one of the best in the world.

Sri lankan version of the SWAT that destroyed one of the largest terrorist organizations on earth

They have only very little technical advancements compared to any other special force in the world. And if they had the required funds to afford for technological aspects, they will be the best among the best.

Yeah Actually. Sri Lankan army defeated the largest terrorism(L T T E Tigers) in the world.They have well trained Special Force and the commando regiment can withstand for any hard situation burn out the terrorism.No words to say with their attack no one can live in this earth.
Sri Lanka is the only country which uprooted the terrorism and got the peace for their country.

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44 French Foreign Legion

Very consistent operators with an impeccable record to date and multi capability factor with unparalleled flexibility and fast response in all theatres make this a definite force to be reckoned with. The REP is definitely the best and is on record as being such in the present world. Their use previously during the Suez crisis prevented a British mess up to put it lightly.

They are the best of the best. I heard that in their training most of the carporal are messed up in cocaine beating up the recruiters.

Its amazing what they can do.

Ridiculous they are not in the top 10 or close to. FFL train harder than the Rangers with less technology and resources, and are used as Frances shock troops with no complaint. They are the expendables. Their entire career is a tour of duty.

The legion are ruthless should be top 5

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45 Brazilian Comandos FE

They are the best in South America.

Any other military force in the jungle will cry like spoiled girls while the Brazilian EF kick their asses in the dark.
That's why Brazil never been invaded.

In the jungle they rocks...

Kick ass and chew bubblegum.

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46 Vietnam Đặc Công

Hard Training event used only simple weapon..

Silent but deadly, simple but efficent.

Doesn't need extra weapons but still highly dangerous


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47 Nepalese Armed Forces

Some of the best, Even the British were impressed

One of the best special force in the world.. The country where gorkhali are...

Nepalese ranger force is similar to US ranger. US ranger comes to exchange their training and experience with brave and excellent Nepali ranger force.

Bir gorkharali one of best commando in the world

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48 Forsvarets Spesialkommando

Regarded as one of the top special forces in the world by William H. McRaven, United States naval admiral. He previous served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command. This unit has one of hardest military education in Norway, physically and mentally. Even to to be regarded as a candidate you must be in a very good shape. And after a minimum of two years training and service in the harsh condition of Norwegian nature well,well...

Definitely the most well-rounded special forces in the world in terms of battleconditions. Arctic, jungle, desert and forest in all four seasons.

I know a person who is, and you only have to serve 10 months of obligatory service then you can apply to try out but they are quite good better then some groups ranked higher

Definitely one of the most skilled special forces in the world.

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49 People's Liberation Army Special Operations Forces

9 military regions in China, each has its own special operation unit. Each unit has resource equal to a middle country. Huge human resource allow the units choose best of best even the criteria is extremely strict. Units in xinjiang and xinan regions have extensive practical combat experience. Had actual combat with usa seals in Burrma... Has the invincible close combat skills. Hi-tech equipment behind seals. Absolute devotion. Well trained kill machine. Nightmare of enemy. Personal opinion, ranked after spetnaz (inhuman training) and Israel special force (fight for survival). US force is too much rely on the technique and Hollywood propaganda.

It should be higher


Can't understand why PLA SF were ranked 40 sth in the world, even though they may not be famous like many other western SFs, still PLA SF is one of the strongest in the world. And it developed much faster than you think.

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50 Austrian EKO Cobra

Most brutal Police Special Force of the world. Even the US Navy Seals use techniques of EKO Cobra. EKO Cobra had the first Air Marshall of the world, that goes back to the 1970s, long before 9/11.

Why do they suck? Explain?

Austrians suck lol.


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