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.

Always been the best always will be.. deeds not words

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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.

These are the best of the best of the best.

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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..

Americans make it look like they're the best of everything via books movies television but money doesn't buy you skill

cool...

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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.

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

These guys are the best trained guys around.

The Norwegian special forces are immensely underrated, mostly due to very little being known about them. But isn't that a sign of a very professional unit? Also, they have had some international recognition. For instance, former SEAL Team Six operator, head of JSOC, and the guy who led the attack on Bin Laden, Admiral Bill McRaven, stated in an interview with VG, that the Norwegian special forces is "in the world's top" when it comes to special forces. Also, one of his favorite operations is the heavy water operations in Rjukan.

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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.

They are the best of the best no questions asked

Were good czin dobrei

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6 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.

Murder children and women unarmed civvies occupying land that belongs to palastinians - Smithereens

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7 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!

NO CHANCE for Rambos,WANNABE martial artists,kickboxer,streetfighters,bodybuilders,cowards,liars and loudmouths. NONE of them would resist one day the most difficult and painful Military Training on this planet according to failure rates.They need REAL FIGHTERS who resist the most difficult situations physically and psychologically. Great personalities who are modest, who have endless endurance and willpower to overcome any obstacle and to complete any impossible mission.All of them are highly intelligent,highly educated.Many of them graduated after that in medicine,pychology or other subjects.The greatest warriors with fine instincts and brain.

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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

Tier 1 anti terrorists and pretty secret. Training is nearly identical to SAS, but better weapons due to enough USD!

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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

As much as I admire the other units listed here, the very fact that these very pleasant compliments to those firebreathing, snakeaters at JSOC (lol), as flattering as they may be, would be disagreed with by most of the guys I've met and spent time with. They are just great, solid operators who've just spent more time doing actual real-world door-kicking/smoke-checking of Haj elements than most other units in the UK and elsewhere (hence the comment above about them "possibly being above SAS/SBS". don't get me wrong, I think the SBS (and sure the SAS to an extent) are, next to the GROM, the best operators on Earth. The only group I would compare Tier 1 units like the ISA (another unlisted JSOC unit you don't hear about/or see here below who work in SIGINT/HUMINT "spy" type of work, I guess you'd call it) or CAG (Delta) is those amazing recce units working with the SRR and SBS. They pretty much own the world of SOF among the old timers at Whitehall (and this is coming from a prideful ...more

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.

Best special forces in the works

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

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.

This force is by far better than all of the above

500 to 1 kill death ratio

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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

Turks

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16 Shayetet 13 - Israel
17 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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18 Pakistan Special Services Group (Ssg)

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

Pakistan ssg is better than indians commandos

I love Pakistan (SSG)

PAKISTAN ARMY Best in the World

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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.

21 Mossad - Israel

Come on guys they kicked terrorists asses before it was cool

They beat the arabs every time

22 Alpha Group - Russia

Alpha group is russian most elite special force with lasstest tech and brutal training
To be part of russia spetsnaz is special cause they have most brutal training with pain and there was even deaths.
But alpha group is most elite one,they were part of assaulut where avghanistan president was killed with 200+ soliders that were deffending him

23 Sayeret Matkal

They did kick ass in Operation Orchard though

My top 5 (not in order since they are all the best in their specialty) devgru, british sas, matkal/shayetet 13, delta force, navy seals

24 Indian MARCOS

Look, the MARCOS have joint training with the British SAS and US navy SEALS.
Surely this allows them to be right up there with the sas and seals! But no because no one has heard of them. Why you may ask... Just because no one has made a video game or movie on them! They are top secret like the sas and seals so I want to see this shoot up faster than a bullet!

As far as operational experience is concerned Marcos are top secret forces and they are at very best. They have almost daily operational experience in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and North-east insurgency and conflicts from more than past 20 years.Suicide bombers and militants in Kashmir region fear with just the hint of news that Marcos has been deployed for hunt.

MARCOS have evolved as one the most well trained, well-equipped, highly motivated and professional special forces in the world. Some of their training modules are much tougher than those of the US Navy SEALS & British SAS. They have had rich operational experience within and outside the geographical confines of India, having conducted operations in Sri Lanka, Kashmir & North-Eastern India. Going by insider expert opinions, the SAS, Navy SEALS, MARCOS & Israeli Special Forces would be undisputedly amongst the best in the world!

ITS INDIAN THAT S SOLVE YOUR DOUBT

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25 Swedish SOG Särskilda Operations Gruppen

There is nothing like the units of Sweden. Awarded to be the best one man army soldiers in the world. Not many, but good quality on them. I must say this could be one of the best units in the world, the SOG (special organisation group). Too bad they are so secret and you don't know so much about them.

Selected men from the Swedish armed forces. These men go in, get the job done and go out.

Top secret. No information on them whats so ever.

I am swe

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26 EKO - Cobra - Austria
27 Danish Jægerkorpset

Sorry, folks - but these guys are top of the hill. SAS may be the best of the rest, but they won't beat these badasses.

Danish Army Hunters were definitely some of the key players in Op Anaconda... They were even praised by a U.S. army General along with Canada and the Norwegians for their actions...

In 2011, it was a "Jægerpatrulje" that won the NATO Spec Ops "tournament". This is proof that they are a very good Special Operations Unit. They may not be the best, but they are at least in the top 10. You don't hear a lot of them like you do with the Navy Seals, Delta Force or SAS, because their agenda is so secret. Hunters also endure some of the longest, and hardest training-programs in the world. They have to train 1 and a half to 2 years, to become a hunter. The failure rate is 95, or 97%. Of a total of 7431 trainees, so far only 224 made it to become a hunter. Today the total force of Hunters are 150 huntsmen. These guys are truly a force to be reckonnd with.

Yup... is alm I have to sat

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28 United States Army Special Forces

USASF Otherwise known as the Green Berets, Are some of the best. Extremely highly skilled in unconventional warfare and urban combat. These guys are so good that other than the 75 ranger regiment, are the most picked for delta force! Delta force is the armys seal team six! The Green berets are even competitors with the British SAS.

29 United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC)

Great point...Best using standard issue weaponry... No mission that doesn't get accomplished. If these highly motivated and trained Marines had the funding that other elite operatives do they would top the list. The reason is a mindset developed from day one as a Marine that carries over to volunteering and making the cut through each phase of training.

Force recon marines are the best, period, I don't care what anyone else thinks they are FACE IT, ITS LIFE!

Best soldiers using standard issue weaponry. They get it done while everyone else is trying on the next best gucci-cam

They do more with less.

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30 Army Rangers - US

And saved by Malaysian UN peacekeeping army when black hawk down...

They are also the hard trained not to feel pain

Army ranger are the coolest fighting the Nazi in ww2 and fighting terrorist now day, making them longest special forces in U.S military

the Rangers will kill 'em

31 Iranian Takavar

The Iranian Takavar is a naval special forces unit of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian Takavar are normally considered one of the top 5 special forces units of the Middle East rivaled only by Israel. They are trained using many of the same methods implored by British SBS and operate through mostly maritime operations involving vessel assaults, patrol, hostage rescue and the.

Iranian Takavar Units (Known as NOHED), Especially Counter-Terrorist Units, are one of the fast-reaction forces in the world & they are well-trained with professional equipments. They are just awesome!

They kick ass

Good

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32 Korps Commando Troepen - Netherlands
33 Portuguese Special Operations Troops Centre

Saw some of them in Afghanistan, very well trained

Heard that portuguese special forces train with navy seals every 2 years

One of the most organized in the world

So secret that ita not knowen to more then half the world DAE

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34 BOPE

Brazilian special operation force specialized in fighting in regions difficult to access, such as the dangerous favelas of Rio.

Brazilian special operation force specialized in fighting drug lords. If you're intrested you should watch tropa de elite the movie

35 GSG 9

The gsg9 is the best special operations force

36 National Security Guard - India

Nsg is the one of best ever force in would. No one can break them

37 National Gendarmerie Intervention Group - France
38 Marsoc - U.S

MARSOC is getting better funding and marines are best infantry in the world u get picked to be force recon. Marine boot camp is tough and they draw tough kids. But it's not marsoc its raiders now officially I'd put raiders up against sas in bar brawl and very little is known about them but they specialize in the in new teir 1 they all have their roles. Teir 1 is best hands down

39 Para-Commandos, Bangladesh
40 Lithuanian ARAS

Truly the most modern, operative group in the world

41 Sri Lankan Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol

One of the most elite, well trained and advanced special forces units in the world!

We won the war

The blacks ops of sri lanka their mission is to kill the brain and the heart of the enemy when the enemy learns that their leaders is dead its too late and that's how they got their nickname 'Mahasohon Brigade' mahasohona is a demon in sri lankan myths and LRRPS is the demon brigade of sri lanka

42 Irish Army Ranger Wing (ARW)

The ARW are brilliant special forces as they train with the SAS and do the exact same training as them too. They also are brilliant when it comes to internal areas of the country, like criminal activities.

Having trained along side the ARW I have witnessed first hand the level these guys are at.. Don't believe me? Ask the 75th ranger regiment or the SAS.. Where other SF forces have a battalion size of troops the ARW have an estimated 150 highly trained warriors

The ARW not only train WITH the SAS but they train WITH US and French special forces too not to mention they train most of the other special forces teams in Europe.Their also the UN's go to men when they need a specialized team.

Highly regarded special forces team from the Republic of Ireland,served in Liberia,Chad and East Timor, probably also in Syria, rumoured to have been in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Formed in 1980 but still very little know about them.

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43 Malaysian Special Operations Force

Got the best jungle training facility in the world to train counter guerilla warfare.. Even the green beret came to train there

They need to pass all 3 sas (22SAS, SASR, New Zealand SAS) selection just right after becoming one of the members.. It is to differentiate between GGK members and RGK members.. They also conducted yearly training with all 3 sas unit..

A great team. ~

1. Setup jungle war school for US army at Port Benning.
2. Rescue US ranger in black hawk down.
3. Direct involvement in Bosnian war.
4. Successful recovery of both MH 17 black box.
5. Captured Somalian pirates alive.
6....
7....

44 G.I.S. (Carabinieri)

GIS has mor experience with organised crime than any other unit in the wordl, beseides every officer of the unit comes from a elite paratrooper unit

45 New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand defense force is great

Should read" 1NZSAS Group New Zealand" to better reflect the list title

46 South African Recces (Reconnaissance) Commandos

How on earth do so little people know of these guys considering there training is that of British SAS and similar to Seal Team 6? These boys are tougher than nails considering Rangers are tough as nails. On average a 1.25% pass rate. A British sniper holds the worlds longest confirmed sniper kill. The first of all SFs (in 6th place) is a Recce. Not only do they have the role of this class of sniper but also Spes Ops similar to Seal Team 6.

47 Indian Para Commandos

MOST Toughest army in the World.

I Want to earn Maroon CAP... It's my dream.. THE GREAST ARMY..

48 Portuguese GOE (Grupo de Operações Especiais)

The best in the world, they are trained by SAS

49 Legion Española
50 Danish Home Guard
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