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Top 10 Best Special Forces In The World

Members of these Elite Forces are not ordinary soldiers! They are trained to be the best of the best, and are expected to accomplish tough tasks!

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.

GIS, Italy

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.

 Shayetet 13, Israel

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.

SSG, Pakistan

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.

JW GROM, Poland

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.


GIGN, France

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.

GSG 9, Germany

4) EKO Cobra, Austria

Austria’s primary counter-terrorism special operations tactical unit EKO Cobra (Einsatzkommando Cobra) was formed in 1978 as a response to the attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. It retains a low profile and is involved mainly in counter terrorism. EKO Cobra is well-known for its high-speed involvement in the war on terror. This well-trained unit was involved in a hostage rescue in the Graz-Karlau Prison in 1996 and many other successful operations. It is the only counter terrorism unit to end a hijacking while the plane was still in the air.


3) Delta Force, United States

Popularly known as Delta Force, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) was approved in 1997 after numerous terrorist incidents in the United States of America. Its primary tasks are direct action, counter-terrorism and national intervention operations. It is a versatile group that is capable of conducting many types of clandestine missions. To be a part of Delta Force, an individual should undergo rigid physical and mental tests. After clearing these tests, the person is permitted to enter into the actual six-month training program.

Delta Force, United States

2) SAS, United Kingdom

The Special Air Service (SAS) is a unit of the British Army. Found in 1941 during the Second World War, this unit has served as a model for many Special Forces all over the world. SAS comprises one regular regiment and two territorial regiments. Counter terrorism in peacetime and special operations during wartime are the primary tasks of SAS. It gained worldwide fame and recognition after attacking the Iranian Embassy in London and rescuing hostages during the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege.

SAS, United Kingdom

1) Navy SEALs, United States

The United States Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Teams, popular known as Navy SEALs, are the male members of the United States Navy. In fact they are one of the nation’s most elite special warfare combatants. They are trained to operate in all environments (sea, air and land) for which they are named. Their duty is to conduct small-unit maritime military operations which originate from and return to a river, ocean, swamp, delta or coastline. Navy SEALs, along with CIA, found and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That was one of their successful operations in recent years.

Navy SEALs, United States


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