Here are the top 10 Best Special Forces in the World.
10) GIS, Italy
The Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (GIS) is an elite airborne special operations counter-terrorism tactical response unit. It is part of the Italian Carabinieri military police. Created in 1978 by the Italian State Police, the unit is globally known for its sharp marksmanship. It was established to combat terrorism threat. GIS has around 100 soldiers and is tasked with anti-terrorism operations and security services. It has three operational sections and one sniper/reconnaissance team. Every section is divided into a detachment of four men. At any time, there will be a section ready to leave the base in 30 minutes. The unit has taken part in counter-terrorism operations and VIP, executive and dignitary protection security details ever since its inception. GIS has very good relations with many Special Forces around the world like SAS and GIGN.
9) Shayetet 13, Israel
Shayatet 13 is the naval Special Forces unit of the Israeli Navy. It shares the Israeli Army motto “Never Again” (referring to Holocaust). This elite naval commando unit resembles US Army’s Delta Force. Members of Shayetet 13 specialize in sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism, sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering, maritime hostage rescue and boarding. The unit has taken part in almost all of Israel’s major wars. It is one of the most secretive units in the world. The details of Shayetet 13’s missions and identities of active operatives are kept highly classified.
8) SSG, Pakistan
The Special Services Group (SSG) is a special operations force of the Pakistan Army. It is similar to British Army’s SAS. Founded in 1956, the unit is trained to handle missions like asymmetric warfare, counter-proliferation, special operations, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism and personnel recovery.
7) JW GROM, Poland
Jednostka Wojskowa GROM (JW GROM) is Poland’s elite counter-terrorism unit. Founded on July 13, 1990, this unit is one of the five special operations units of the Polish Armed Forces. Candidates applying to serve in JW GROM have to pass psychological and durability tests, truth test and field test. The members of this unit are trained to respond to threats from terrorists. Currently JW GROM has around 450 men. They are organized in squads of four. The unit’s motto is “For you, Fatherland!” The unit was actively involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
6) GIGN, France
National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) is a special operations unit of the French Armed Forces. It is trained to perform counter-terrorist and hostage rescue missions. GIGN was created after the Munich massacre in the 1972 Olympic Games. It was formed in 1973. Its members are trained and equipped to respond to extremely violent attacks. The unit is headquartered in Satory, Yvelines, France, and has around 400 operators. GSN’s motto is “To save lives without regard to one’s own.” Intervention force, observation and search force and security and protection force are the three distinct parts of the unit.
5) GSG 9, Germany
German counter-terrorism and special operations unit GSG 9 was officially established in 1973. It is a part of the German Federal Police. It came into existence after the mismanagement of the Germany Police to successfully free 11 Israeli athletes who were kidnapped in Munich during the Summer Olympic Games. The members of this unit are trained to handle cases of kidnapping, hostage taking, extortion and terrorism. GSG 9 is very active in developing and testing methods and tactics for these missions. They have successfully completed more than 1,500 missions between 1972 and 2003.