The best is good for this arena. When I was a Ranger, I thought I was with the best. As I went up in rank, I noticed the missions dictated the
Don't rank them, thank them!!
Well, as regard for missions here is a sample:
Recon: SAS, SBS, Force Recon, SF, Spetznaz, and SEALS on a theatre level (i.e., Army Group level)
Light infantry: Rangers, Recon battalions, (Quick strike, in and out, destroy the target with upmost prejudice), on some smaller targets the Seals.
Corps or division level recon-rangers, seals teams, recon battalions.
Force multiplier: Special Forces-look what they did in Afghanistan and the northern alliance-(after turkey backed out). They train the troops and
fight along side. Generally older than recon marines, rangers, etc. SAS and SBS do some of this but not as a primary mission.
counter terror/ hostage rescue: GSG9, CIGN-(yes the french and guess what there back up weapon is a colt 357 magnum, one told me that revolvers do
not jam. I never forgot that). FBI HRT or hostage rescue team-studs of the swat arena. Delta and Seal Team 6 rank right up there.
The difference between recon battalions and force recon is the mission. As stated earlier, Force Recon is theatre level, Army, higher level very deep
recons. The recon battalions are closer to the battle area and assigned to divisions, amphip groups.
Kudos to the poster who mentioned the swat/hostage rescue teams.. Right On
Where the us finally got it right is that they had a commander who understood the strengths and weaknesses of special ops troops. thus no scuds
launched like the 1991 war-(schwatrzkopf did not like or use effectively the special ops troops).
All in all great topic- and Franks was sure happy to have the Polish spec ops, SAS from Australia, England, the SBS from both along with the us
Unsung heroes, the best do not have to say-THEY PROVE IT