posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 06:46 PM
As a student of military diplomacy. I am actually in the process of writing my dissertation on the United States Special Forces. From what I have read
regarding Special Forces accross the world, and from talking to several ex operators, I have come to the conclusion that the British produce the most
capable special forces units. I feel somewhat biased about writing this being English myself, but Special operations units like the SAS, SBS and 14th
Intel (now SRR) are just unmatchable. The SAS do EVERTHING! most special forces units across the world train in one specific area. I.E the US Navy
SEALs are primarily Maritime Counter Revolutionary Warfare and underwater demolitions. For example Just look how many units the Americans have to do
the same job as the SAS!
Pending further comments about the Australian SAS, they are excellent, but once again they are not as capable as the British SAS, and seeing as the
British SAS trained their Australian counterparts there are no prizes in conclusion to who is likely to be more professional on the battlefield (not
to take anything away from the exception performance by the Australians in recent conflicts), but simply to say the British units have been doing this
for nearly 60 years! Another critical point to put forward regarding the Australian SAS, is, as far as i'm aware, they don't deal in counter
terror/hostage rescue operations. Obviously no one can deny the British SAS is the best for hostage rescue! Surely that is recognised across the
world! The SAS practically inverted the idea! They developed most of the CQB techniques used by agancies such as SWAT and DELTA GSG-9 Italian NOCS et
al. They have also developed weapons such as the "Fash-Bang" stun grenade used for room clearing.
I would also like to draw attention to the fact that the SBS undergo more enhanced training than the SAS. (However basic combat techniques are still
developed by the SAS) Once completing the SAS training, SBS operators must complete extra training at Poole in Dorset. Most who join the SBS are
recruited from the Royal Marine Commandos, and up until recently only ex Royal Marines could join the SBS. There are only a few notable Marine
Commando Units accross the world worth even considering to be elite in their own right. The Royal Marines are without a doubt the top of their field,
considering their 400+ year combat history, this is not at all surprising. In fact, they are indeed equal, and better than US Army Special forces
combat wise, as both units share the Green Beret, which of course was awarded to the American Units in recognition of British RM Commandos during
World War II. (Although the Green Beret are probably more capable as they are trained in hostage rescue, foreign language and counter insurgency).
From all the material I have collected and read, there is a rough top 5 order in country order as opposed to unit order. However, there really is no
doubt that the SAS/SBS are the most elite units, one could sit and debate this all day, but just look at the combat experience and proven operational
success, look at what each unit is capable of, and the limits of their training. I'm sure you will find the SAS/SBS on top. In the mean time I think
the list of top country special forces would look something like this.
1.Great Britain- SAS/SBS/SRR
2.Australia- SAS/ et al
3.United States- SFOD-D, USA SF (green beret- dont call them that they get upset!), SEALs, Rangers etc
4. Germany units such as the Police GSG-9
5. Isreal- Sayeret and the goverment Moussad