Top Ten Special Operations Forces

Special operations units are by far the most well trained soldiers on the planet and for good reason being sent into life or death missions. The toughest situations on the planet easily. All special forces are equally well trained since most of them cross train with each other. I'm not some person who played COD or MW3 and now thinks he knows SOF. My father is a US Marine FORECON Sniper, my grandpa a former US Army Ranger, my uncle a former Norwegian Navy SEAL, my other uncle a former Danish Army Hunter and me a special forces hopeful. I'm not saying I'm right 100% but I think I my list might have a bit more credibility than ones.

The Top Ten

1 Canadian Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2)

JTF-2 remains the only foreign special operation unit to be conducted into American Tier 1 ranking (Along with Delta and Seal Team 6). Furthermore, JTF-2 is a military unit specifically requested to perform operations that were seen as incapable for other special forces such as Seals, Green Berets, and Delta during operations in Afghanistan. They are experts trained to operate in the worlds most deadliest terrains where they specifically train in frozen and mountainous environments. Information about JTF-2 members is deemed classified and members of the unit cannot inform family members of their involvement within the unit. One of the most guarded and secret special forces unit in the world. Products of a nation that values training rather than advancement of weapon technology above all else.

Canadian JTF2 is a tier 1 special ops unit of Canada made famous by their involvement in Task Force K-BAR and Task Force 11 as well as Task Force 121 in Afghanistan. They are a silent unit much like the GROM or Norwegians. Their training is kept mostly secret, but it is know that they have a very treacherous pre-course 3 stage system where almost 75% of candidates fail out.

Canadian special forces training and Canadian Forces training has one of if not the most rigorous and efficient training on the planet and has for years upon years. Even things like P90x training system are based from an old Canadian military program, which even one of the Prince's used to develop his physical capabilities. The British have frequently cited Canadian military training programs as being the best available. JTF2 have even trained foreign troops including the US, and Canadian military frequently train other foreign infantry just as the US, Britian etc does as well. Yes even the US trains Canadian military in the south for the climate just as other ally nations help each other when needed, but the training that goes on above the 49th parallel and especially for JTF2 seems to be the best in the world.

One thing that is a bit different in this group is the training that goes into strategic planning ability. I know that missions are very meticulously planned with a strong emphasis on information gathering and processing. Another thing is professionalism. Being expected to perform the task correctly with low chances for mistakes, friendly fire, blackhawks down, etc. Planning for contingencies, and practice, practice, practice. Another thing is a certain level of accountability. Even one of their own generals was tried and fined for accidental discharge of a weapon. And he owned up to it. Now even with DEVGRU consider that during the attempted rescue of Linda Norgrove she was killed by one of the SEALs grenades and they tried to conceal that fact. Now do you want someone who admits and learns from mistakes or someone who tries to hide the fact that it happened?

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2 British SAS/SBS

The British special operations units SAS and SBS are so similar in form and function that most people lop them together in one boat. However, their similarities only make them that much more effective. They are the 2nd special ops unit ever created in the history (after US, England and Canada Devil's Brigade from WWII). Many special forces after have modeled their training from that of the SAS/SBS and many other forces cross train with them including JTF2, US Navy SEALs, Norwegian MJK, Danish Army Hunters and many more. The SAS and SBS have proven themselves time and time again even playing a major role in the rescue of the Iranian hostages in 1980 from the embassy.

Any special forces regiment should be feared and are deadly in their own right but the SAS was the first modern unit which all other units were based from. Despite being the oldest it is the most feared in the world. They are the best. They are the SAS.

Who Dares Wins

The vast majority of special forces on this list are modelled after the SAS and SBS. Their training is immense, their reputation even more so, and their experience incomparable to any other special forces on the planet.

The Devil's Brigade... Enough said

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3 United States Navy SEALs

United States Navy SEALs have been famed in many books and movies throughout the year depicting these elite naval commandos as America's last hope when all else fails. SEALs arguable have one of the toughest selection processes in the world involving BUD/S, SERE, SQT and TRP. They have been called on for some of the most daring operations in the world both on land and see have easily earned their right to a spot in the top 5. The SEAL Teams were also involved in Task Force K-BAR and were some of the key players in land operations along with JTF2.

They aren't built on fame and money as everyone guesses.. No! These are soldiers, with extensive two year training and for every day after that. I believe they're the best, no doubt. Although I would love for there to be 1 on 1 battles with each special task force, without killing eachother of course just to prove the SEALs to be the best.. And as well as extreme training, the technology provided for them only excels their skills in every way..

Seals are best trained unit there is look a seal team sixes accomplishments alone not just bin laden but all the other things

They will kill you before you know that you're alive!

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4 Norwegian Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK)

The Norwegian MJK are a naval commando unit of Norway based in Haakonsvern. The MJK, like the GROM, have preferred to remain in the shadows until the government decided to finally allow them to enter the spotlight. The MJK had a profound impact in operation anaconda, working closely with the Danish Army Hunters in search and seizure, ship boarding and sabotage operations as a part of Task Force K-BAR. MJK applicants normally endure roughly two years of training before being a fully recognized operator.

These guys have by far some of the toughest training out there. Norway's naval elites have always gotten the job done when the situation called for it. FSK/HJK are also two spec ops units to look at too

The Norwegian MJK is the crown Jewel of the north! They send 30 men to train resistance troops against IS and even Americans are like "Yeah, the IS is now literally messed". These guys are so hardcore, the Nordic gods don't accept them to their table to be good guys, the MJK invites the gods

MJK is training DEVGRU in the winters, MJK won against them last winter while training.

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5 Polish GROM

This highly secretive unit of the Polish military has been shrouded in mystery for quite some time. They have been hailed as one of the prime European special ops units and have established a reputation few can stand up to. They have been involved in numerous homeland defense missions and even more international operations normally working closely with other top tier special ops units.

They are the guys which USA calls when they have a mission behind enemy lines (Afghanistan , Iraq are confirmed examples) that they want to keep very secret and quiet. Most of the times for years nobody even knows that any operations where conducted. They where operating in Iraq for at least a year before official invasion. (confirmed 10 years later) They also specialize in search and rescue operations behind enemy lines - yes they rescued SEALS from the hands of Saddam soldiers, more than once. Currently there are rumors that SEALS visit Poland to get training from GROM.

When the cia needed help in desert storm, the poles saved their asses.
Russians, French and britons refused the mission because it was too dangerous.

The best

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6 Greek O.Y.K. (Underwater Demolition Command)

The most patriot and the most toughest one... Ready to die for their beloved no matter what it takes the job must be done... Don't forget the 1st special force the world has ever know THE SPARTANS.

No one is more in focus then these guys. Very precise and methodical. You just don't ever want to cross one! Their training is by far, the best in the world.

The strongest men in the world. CHILDREN OF SPARTANS. Their job? Soldiers!

The most grueling Training in Military.In some years there were many death cases and sometimes from 150 at the beginning nobody passed the course.To have continously hell weeks ( one week no sleep, no food ) its normal.Its also normal to swimm 72 hours with 80 kg luggage in cold Waters with very high fever or to march 300 km with 80 kg luggage and broken legs. There are no Limits. You learn to survive any Situation behind the enemy lines ( including any interrogations) and to complete any death and life missions successfully. It is a small unit but one of the finest ever known.

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7 Israeli Shayetet 13

The Israeli Naval Commandos have always had a strong rep behind what they are capable of. A highly well-trained group of soldier capable of assaults by sea, air or land and specializing in maritime operations. Arguments will most likely be made as to why this unit is not a top 5 unit. Most funding to Israeli special ops units like Shayetet 13, Matkal and Shaldag come from the United States. Therefore, since they are relying on an uncertain external force to keep them afloat, I consider their foundation to fragile to rank higher.

Arguably as good as the Seals and SBS they are quiet and highly trained to perform the secret clandestine operations the world has ever known.

Their success rate in the face of difficult missions cannot be ignored.

The best trained Israeli force is Sayeret Matkal directly dependent on the first minister, not the IDF. Among other feats it performed the Entebbe rescue. The funding of Israeli special forces does not depend on the US. Nor does the funding of the IDF. Israel funds its armed forces with its own money, it receives 2% of the funding from the US and it is used on US made equipment. The top antiterror unit in the world is the Israeli YAMAM that is part of the Israeli border police. It has won for three years in a row the SWAT competition in the US. The MATKAL is a force with enormous recourses a mixture of SAS and Delta but specialized on the ME and the Mediterranean basin.

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8 United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU)

Unmatched expertise and training. These are the absolute best soldiers in existence above all others. Their access to the latest information, most advanced and rigorous training, most advanced technology, and America's worldwide military infrastructure put their capabilities above all other special forces units in the world.

Training is brutal. trust me I know a guy who worked with them and he is one of the most noble and independent SEAL I know. they are the bet of the best.

If these guys are not number one there is something wrong, they Killed Bin Laden, toughest of toughest soldiers. My Uncle who was in the SAS worked with these guys and said they are the highest trained warriors in existence.

Equal to JTF2

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9 The Delta Force - U.S

CHUCK NORRIS made a movie called Delta Force, your argument is invalid.

If delta force isn't #1 this list is a joke

The best special forces in the world

Why on Earth is this number nine beneath the Seals and GROM?
There are four groups on Earth who match Delta: DEVGRU, SAS, Alfa Group, and JTF2. The exact order is debatable.
But anything else is below them.

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10 United States Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)

JSOC is comprised of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU aka SEAL Team 6), 1st SFOD-Delta (Delta Force), 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Nightstalkers) and 24th Special Tactics Squadron (24th STS). Each of these units hold Tier 1 status and fall under command of JSOC. They are without a doubt the most trusted SOF units in the world and are even placed above SAS/SBS in some respects. Their ultimate, forever claim to fame is the killing of Osama Bin Laden performed mainly by DEVGRU with the assistance of Delta Force and Nightstalkers accompanied by 24th STS. Not much is known about these few select men, but what is known makes insurgents groups check their closets at night and makes Jihadists, crime cartels and mafia organizations tremble in their underwear.

They are the most trained men today

I can say just say two missions and they should win...DEVGRU with Osama Bin Laden and Delta Force with Suddam Hussein. They could all kick anyones but they wanted

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The Contenders

11 German KSK

The German KSK are an elite commando unit of the German military and cross train very often with the elite police unit known as GSG9. The German KSK have been involved in training many other European special forces units and have a high reputation among military leaders around the world.

They are a very good unit, their tactical knowledge is above others.

Best special forces in the works

Our german KSK are the best special forces in the world!

12 Australian SASR

They are the elites of an already very well trained military, in addition to being jack-of-all-trades badasses. These guys train in conditions tougher than their American and British counterparts. The Canadians, Israelis, Russians and British are realistically the only guys who can compare - that is, if the massive bloody budget of the SEALs are removed. They are efficient and highly skilled. They may be "quiet achievers" but they deserve recognition.

Their training is ruthless but not as in your face as the Americans. In my opinion they are the elite of the elite.

Aussie SAS deserve to be ranked alongside the best SOF units anywhere. They have to perform multiple roles and really equivalent of SEALs/Delta/Green Berets wrapped into one. They have impressed the US military in Afghanistan and due to exploits there were given control of the Western Desert in Iraq 2003..had it in safe hands within a few days with only 75 men! Also excelled in Vietnam without any losses..Viet Cong called them 'Phantoms of the Jungle'. As for individual operators look no further than Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG.. 6ft 8 all muscle and single handedly silenced two Taliban machine guns.

These lists are never a true measure of a units capability... SASR are the elite of the elite... no question... their time is valuable... so they do the Job... they don't talk about it!..."The quite achievers"

The Aussie SAS should be above the British SAS

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13 Russian Spetsnaz

From what I under stand they function much differently from most special forces. Most special force operate units that take on special jobs. Although the Spetsnaz can fill this roll they are frequently mixed in with regular troops; wearing the same uniforms and insignia as the units they are mixed in with. Historically Russia troops aren't very well trained as the Russia used a lot of draftees during the soviet era. So among a unit of draftees their is one or two total bad asses that can pull off some amazing feats (like accurate knife throwing while doing a flip, if the rumors are to be believed).

Their basically thrown in to keep their opponents off balance and make them hesitant and second guess them selfies when engaging Russian units.

The effectiveness of this tactic can be questionable but it produces extremely capable soldiers.

Deadliest warrior season one had an Green beret vs Spetsnaz episode. Worth checking out if your curious.

Worst mission failure to win ratio of all special forces. They may train hard, but they can't orchestrate an attack better than a three year old due to the brain damage they receive in training

Should be number 1, the world didn't even know of their existence until the end of the Cold War and their records are top secret so no one truly knows how good they really are.

putin

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14 Navy Seals - U.S

To say they aren't number 1 is complete arrogance... Look at their extensive training! 2 years to even be on a seal team. Then more time to train for certain classes/roles. Then 6 months to train with the seal team your going to, with their types of operations... Even after you keep training, developing new skills. Not to least say the U. S Navys technology is advance to no end either...

They'll eat your face and make your puppy have babies with your wife.

15 Turkish Special Forces Command

Maroon Berets are number 1 in the world its real not personally.

Turkey you are my love

Best special unit and the guards of turkey

Worlds best won the nato special forces comp 4 times in a row

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16 Shayetet 13 - Israel
17 Pakistan Special Services Group (Ssg)

Pakistan ssg is better than indians commandos

I love Pakistan (SSG)

I love you Pakistan SSG... SSG is best in the world... We are proud of you...

Indian Marco? Who? You can't handle, beat and control ISI... (merely intelligence operatives) i.e: Bombay Attacks! and civilian, untrained independence fighters...

Also this website ranks Australian S.A.S.R & Spetsnaz way below in ranking... below Indian Marcos... in your dreams sons!

Also the reality of the situation is US, Australia, Canada & Britain... they have heavy weaponry and tech to assist with missions and yes they are fighting around all over in the world, but in most if not all cases they are fighting militias... not military. people who live in mud made houses and way backwards in terms of weaponry and tech. So if on basis of all this you want to claim top positions... S.S.G would rather gift it to you be the top to kill weaker, far lacking enemy.

My true advice to people here or on other forums will be to judge on material operations against worthy enemies... that will be true test of acid.

all forces around the world trained or selected few ...more

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18 Canadian Special Operations Regiment

Nobody knows who they are, nobody knows where they are. You Can't even find these soldiers before they find you. They are not glamourized, They are not Famous, But they are there to protect. They even do jobs that Are Harder than SEaLs and SAS. Yet they work very closely to JTF2 And they are one of the bests.

They spend lots of time training with small arms so they are masters of it. Also they train in different kinds of environments so they are exposed to new places if a mission is recalled there

A tier 2 special operations unit that works closely with Joint task force 2

The group are awesome! One Mean Family period!

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19 United States Delta Force Tier One

Delta Operators come largely from SF. SF, come largely from the 75th Rangers. There's a long pipeline of training and experience that Delta has that not even Rainbow 6 has. Although ST6 are amazing, my personal (non professional) opinion would favor Delta over all others.

Baddest of the badasses. They will piss on your front porch in broad daylight, and shove an M4 down your throat bitches.

THESE are the best operators in the world, hands down. DEVGRU (ST6) are amazing door-kickers in the world of JSOC, but CAG is just an entirely different beast... And I do mean a voracious, savage, brutally efficient and intelligent group of shooters who can do things with their new-and-improved weapon systems that defy belief. Ask any Ranger, ODA, etc... They'll agree. If you wanna do the whole childish "who's the best" argument, you've already lost. CAG/ACE/Delta already won it ten times over during OEF/OIF/Mali/Pak--or Af/Pak/and just about anywhere in Africa (Somalia, Yemen, you name it). Despite the news saying it has died down in Libya etc, it hasn't) they are just straight up getting f**king busy on those who attacked friends of ours (including my good friend Glenn at the Annex who fought with a 48 until his belt went dry and that cowardly mortar came in and ended an amazing career, and more importantly, a great warrior.

20 French Commandos Marine

Good job all around the world since 60 years. One of the most active unit in the world, real fight and not only training.

Tough guys with brains

They're French. They make bread and wine, then quit.

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