Top 10 Special Forces in the World

Special Forces specialize in counter-terrorism, reconnaissance, and sabotage and have the honor of being the most elite among the forces. They undergo extremely rigorous training for years sometimes, before they are ready and when they are done with the training, they can be easily classified as among the toughest and most competent men in the military. Today, we take a look at the best Special Forces from around the world.

No 10. Spetsnaz

Spetsnaz is a general term for “special forces” in Russian. They are the equivalent of US Green Berets and instead of undergoing regular training like the other special forces around the world, the Spetsnaz endure pain through punishment daily throughout their training.

The Spetsnaz injure each other, breaking ribs, fingers and vertebrae to heal later on, only to get punished even further. They claim that pain can’t be avoided, so they are taught to enjoy it.

No 9. French Naval Commandos

The French Naval Commandos consists of approximately 500 members. They are called the bérets verts, meaning Green Berets. Having one the toughest training in the world, the Naval commandos were formed during World War II.

The Naval Commandos consist of 6 units: Hubert, Trepel, de Montfort, de Penfentenyo, Jaubert, and Kieffer. Each unit is trained for specific tasks such as sea combat, exfiltration, canine units, or long range fire support.


With its primary missions being special reconnaissance, direct action, and internal defense within foreign nations, MARSOC is a component command of the US Special Operations Command  or SOCOM.

Their training comprises of 4 phases: Phase 1 is SERE training, survival, evasion, resistance, escape; Phase 2 is marksmanship, amphibious demolitions, and reconnaissance; Phase 3 adds field radioes and satellite data-uplink systems to phase 2 training and Phase 4 is “irregular warfare” instruction and it consists primarily of the Derna Bridge operation, which forces the recruits to use all skills acquired during the course.

No 7. MI-6

Responsible for supplying the British Government with foreign intelligence, MI-6 is a mass media-popularized name for the Secret Intelligence Service. It is also referred to colloquially within the Civil Service as Box 850.

MI-6 deploys its agents all over the world to detect threats to its country and possibly neutralize them before they really become a threat.

No 6. US Army Rangers

The recruits of the 75th ranger regiment are elite members of the United States Army who have served in recognized U.S. Army Ranger units or have graduated from the U.S. Army’s Ranger School.

After basic Army training, enrollment in the 75th Ranger Regiment will train the recruit for the HALO parachute jump, SERE, languages, elite combatives expert, mountain warfare, combat diving, in addition to all the weapons qualification training in a nine week course after which they still have to select one other field to master.

No 5. US Army Green Berets

The United States Army Special Forces is known as the Green Berets. The Green Berets are trained for 6 primary tasks: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism. Their official motto is De Oppresso Liber which means To Liberate the Oppressed.

No 4. The Delta Force

The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta or the Delta Force is Unites States’ official unit dedicated to hostage rescues, counter-insurgency, and general counter-terrorism. Most of its recruits come from the United States Army Special Forces and the 75th Ranger Regiment and undergo strenuous physical fitness test before being selected.

No 3. Shayetet 13

An elite Israel Defense Forces naval special forces unit, the Shayetet 13’s official motto is “Never again”, referring of course to the Holocaust. The unit specializes in  sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism, sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering and maritime hostage rescue.

The most notable of their oeprations include Operation Spring of Youth, in which they hunted down members of Black September in Beirut Lebanon and killed them, in revenge for the 1972 Munich massacre.

No 2. Navy SEALs

The United States Navy Sea, Air and Land Teams are known as Navy SEALs. Currently, all members of the Navy SEALs are males. Their training lasts for more than a year and they are the most competent warfare combatants of the US Army.

No 1. British SAS

The Special Air Service is a special forces regiment of the British Army which has been modeled on by almost all national commando units that exist today with every nation in the world. The SAS was exposed to the public after successfully assaulting the Iranian Embassy and rescuing hostages during the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege.

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