posted on Nov, 30 2003 @ 03:42 PM
In my opinion, it has to be the british SAS and SBS.
They regularly exchange soldiers with forces all across the globe, and a large percentage of those who are selected to exchange with the SAS are
simply not up to it... Only the SAS and SBS, to my knowledge, require you to be able to walk 75 kilometres in a set time (educated guess, is around
20-22 hours from what I've read, but it's off the top of my head)
and run with 4 stone on your back for 10 miles
in terms of selection toughness, the SBS easily have the hardest in the world.
On top of being required to pass the SAS standard selection, they have to do elite SBS 'training', for example, swim the length of an olympic
swiming pool (or twice the length) without taking a breath.
The SAS are trained to operate AS DEEP BEHIND ENEMY lines as necessary, able to go for weeks without resupply, trained to live off the land.
During Afghanistan, the British SF were required to lead the american units in combat because the americans lacked professionalism (for example,
rumours about the Jessica Lynch case where they ran around with blanks shouting 'Go Go Go')
One perfect example of the SAS professionalism is the Embassy Seige, which several family friends of mine participated in (read In the eye of the
storm, by Peter Radcliffe)
I think it took them around 17 minutes to clear out a whole embassy..
During Afghanistan, british forces were called in to replace American forces who were not up to scratch (for example, our lads had to replace some
american marines or something on some mountain top. They had not prepared for it, via climatization, but were still required).
The minimum requirements for the British regulars is similar to those of a large number of American Special Forces.
I dont know much about the Grey Fox/Hound (whatever it is) unit, but I gather it is formidable to the SAS
I am currently trying to find details of a massive Delta Force screw up on their first ever mission, where they basically slaughtered a bunch of
innocents and didnt account for time difference between countries..
Another point, SAS train internationally (eg in jungles in Singapore, desert in Oman, in the Artic)
I dont -think- US Special Forces do, but correct me if I am wrong