Top 10 Most Well Trained Special Forces On Earth

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

The Top Ten

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.

SAS are the most highly trained unit in the world, there is no doubt about this. They were created by Colonel David Sterling during world war 2 for 1 purpose to destroy the Nazi war machine. All special forces base their training off the SAS training. I'm not putting down any of the other special forces because they are all great units (and yes the SEALS did kill the most wanted) but during the war in 15 months the SAS destroyed over 250 aircraft, dozens of supply dumps, wrecked railways and telecommunications and put hundreds of Nazi vehicles out of action and also killed a massive number of enemy soldiers. And lets not the Iranian Embassey siege in 1980 when the SAS proved to the world how good they were, there was a massive demand from foreign governments for the expertise of the SAS that they wanted for their special forces. There is plenty of evidence to support that the SAS are the best. I served in the British Army and I can honestly say that a number of soldiers from the ...more

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

Training, technology and experience make them the best of the best. While they may have been modeled after others, they have risen to the top. Their former members train the Special Forces of allied countries now.

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.

A MARCO was sent to the US to train with the SEAL team as an exchange programme. The MARCO (not named here) topped the course. However, if given a chance, he chooses to repeat the training imparted by the US Navy SEALs as it was much easier when compared to the brutal hard training done by the Indian MARine COmmandoS.

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.

The Special Services Group (SSG) is a special operations force of the Pakistan Army. It is quite similar to the U.S. Army's Special Forces and the British Army's SAS. They are considered to be one of the highly trained special forces in the world. At the moment they have the 3rd hardest training in the world. Special services group (SSG) officers must have at least five years of prior military experience. The SSG course emphasizes physical conditioning, including a 36-mile march in 12 hours and a five mile run in 45 minutes with full gear. Only about 5% recruits make it through to the Pakistan SSG due to the very tough training course. All together the Pakistan army has 1,275,000 troops and the Special services group (SSG) is only around 2000. A "Combat Diver" badge is awarded for the course held by the Naval Special Services Group SSGN. Three classes of combat swimmers are recognized: 1st class to those completing an 18-mile swim, 2nd class to those completing a 15-mile swim, and 3rd ...more

U.S Green Berets

Green Beret train longer than Rangers

Best of the best of the best. Marines and SEALs mission impossible are the Green Berets childs play.

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.

Like to an earlier comment. The short story is they do it all physical, mental, and by themselves. That is the what, where & how they are the best of the best.

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

They are smart using many tactics, Brain work teamwork Working with Seal team, In my opinion top 2in the world.

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.

How tf Russians lower, than Americans?
Russian Alpha beat American delta Denis Lane in a box fight
Spetsnaz should be in top 3

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.

Come on delta Force operators are the most elite spec ops operators

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

I believe that GROM is one of the best special force units in the world. It is true they cooperate with SAS, Seals and I think with Delta Force as well. Their selection is insane even for special forces and they are cold minded, ultra though and devoted soldiers. They are well founded and what is most important very active unit with constant battle experience.

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!

As an airborne Ranger myself, I commend all operators at this level. I have strong preference for U.S. special forces. I have two brothers, one is force recon, the other is a Seal. We all look with a special reverence to our uncle who is SAS. So that being said, with the exception of Spetsnaz all others pale in comparison!

The Contenders

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.

I think the SBS should be second because they go through much tougher training then the navy seals and they have a much more larger skill set then the navy seals I think people think navy seals are better than the SBS but that just because the SBS are not as well known

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!

Israeli Mossad

Israeli people are well displined and everready to fight against external aggression at 24 hours.

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

Just look at the outcomes in the wars that little Israel has been involved in. The facts defy study as the results are impossibly good. Mossad are the top of the top.

Turkish Special Forces Command

Most winner of the special forces competition

Turkish Special Forces 2006 Won the Special Forces competition became 1st.

Operation in Iraq Turkish Special Forces (Maroon berets) Entered Iraq first with 24 men and killed 400-500 PKK

They are the number one in the world

As a ParaCommando myself based In Belgium, I highly respect the Maroon Berets of the Turkish Special Forces Command. They have been in war since the beginning of it's root. Let's not forget, These elites are the ones who will save their home country against anything who stands in their way, and by that I mean, the British SAS, NAVY SEALS, etc..
They know war better than any of us.
And indeed they are highly secretive, not be messed with and also, not be measured with..

United States Marine Corps. ANGLICO

The marines specialize in hand to hand spatial operations combat.

Marines are americas backbone in the military we lose the we lose america

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

Kopassus

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

Kopassus will always win in the forest, they use old weapons and still beat the Navy SEALs with all their bull hightech stuff, in my opinion the Kopassus is the number 1 in the world, and if you would give them the resources and high tech stuff like the American and the British special forces have they would be 10 times better.

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.

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

The Australian SAS are trained to an exceptionally high level both physically and mentally. They are the most head strong team in the world and the percentage of gaining access into the regiment is under 8%. They are just as good if not better than the british SAS and in my opinion better than the Navy Seals. They are trained to be both experts in water and air services and not just specialise in one certain aspect but to be just as good as a specifically trained team in the water and the air.

11th Air Mobile Brigade (Air Assault)

elite unit for air assault, even though they are "normal" infantry for the netherlands. internationally they are counted as elite troops

Good bunch of fighters. Well trained and well disciplined.

Did a lot hard combat fighting in Afghanistan and Irak.

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.

Highest attrition rate in the world.

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.

Egyptian Sa'ka Forces

Al-Sa'ka forces undergo the hardest training and the most rigorous in the Egyptian Army as Al-Sa'ka must be trained to deal with the most difficult situations and the hardest missions under any circumstance. The officers are picked by the Trainers and checked before the Training plan. Al-Sa'ka Training plan consists of 4 parts and lasts for 34 weeks.

The Hell Week Edit
The "hell week" is the hardest and most dangerous week in Al-Sa'ka training program. Not a lot of information is available on the hell week but it is known for being the most brutal training sequence that Sa'ka trainees have to go through. Trainees have to stay awake 4-7 days in a row. This week is known to be the phase at which a great deal of Sa'ka trainees get expelled from the force for inadequate endurance or fitness.

They also train how to benefit from and survive the environment as they learn to kill snakes, lizards and scorpions and to eat them alive.

They are the most underrated lethal stealth weapon. Warrior Ghosts.

Best special forces in Africa and Middleton east

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.

They seem pretty good

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.

How you put suicide and Recon in the same writing is disgusting. You talk about your dad but were you in the Military? Were you in FR? If you weren't in Recon or FR then maybe you shouldn't speak at all, if you weren't in the Military maybe you should think twice about what your saying! What most of you have said is disrespectful. I know you may mean what you say in respect but it isn't. We do Not need a pat on the back, we do Not need recognition because we know what we have done and some still do. I know you Love your father, but before you go bringing up what you Yourself don't know about, please leave it to people that have had fun in these ranks.

Wow this should be up by the top wow really

German GSG 9

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

Top 1 Anti-Terror unit, most prepared, all equipment, extremely low number of casualties, they always get things done.

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.

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

Best Pakistani Special Service Group Navy

Maroon Berets

4 times repeatedly winner world special forces championship. Maroon Berets best of special forces on a world.

Their training is about 3.5 years. Every single member of them can hit the target from 200m. They took parachute training, commando training, martial arts training, guerilla war training, counter terrorism training, tactical operation training etc. However; their main mission is organise the people in case of war plus infiltrate the enemy camps and destroy the enemy troops to make the work easier for normal soldiers which are fighting in the front. But they are also very good in counter terrorism. They are very good in armed fight.

When Turkish army captured a terrorist guy they asked to him "How do you understand when the private comming? " terrorist responds as "They shoots the all of their magazine on us." Then they asked "How do you understand a commando is coming? " He responds as "They shoots the half of their magazine on as but well-directed." finally they asked "How do you understand maroon beret guy is coming? " He ...more

"Death is honorable. Fear and failure are not."
The unit was created to counter any interior or foreign attacks on the Turkish Republic. MB officers receive extensive training and are expected to survive in all environmental conditions.

UNDOUBTEDLY, Turkish special forces is the best soldiers in the world. Turks know very well this job and they do. I thinks this capability, fight, is a gift from GOD to Turks. a gift given congenitally.

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.

The French naval commandos train the seal team 6 and the guys of the commandos hubert spend the training of the seals regularly all this besides the fact are part of the operators feared the most on the ground

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.

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