Most powerful elite special forces! From Delta Force to the Special Air Service, here are the most well-trained military units used in battle.
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6. Sayeret Matkal, Israel
Known as simply “The Unit”, the Sayeret Matkal is a special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Candidates are selected for their high physical & intellectual capabilities. The unit is modeled after the British Army’s Special Air Service with the motto “Who Dares Wins”. This unit is the Israeli equivalent of the US Delta Force or the UK’s Special Air Service. Volunteers & hand-picked soldiers undergo a grueling selection camp for potential recruits. There are solo hikes where if you get lost or break a leg, there is no one there to help you. It is highly secretive & has taken on mythic status with its quick victories in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda & all over the world. Operation Thunderbolt or Entebbe, demonstrated the reach of Sayeret Matkal & its strength to the world. On June 27, 1976, an Air France plane departed from Ben-Gurion International Airport in Lod, Israel. They forced the pilot to divert the plane to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. More recently, in 2003, 4 Palestinians took an Israeli taxi driver after he gave them a ride in his cab. Sayeret Matkal located the driver & rescued him from a 10-meter-deep pit in an abandoned factory in a suburb of Ramallah.
5. GSG-9, Germany
GSG-9 is the German abbreviation of Grenzschutzgruppe 9 or Border Guard Group Nine. 2 of the athletes' lives ended in the Olympic Village during the initial arrival at the athletes' rooms. The operation failed. 1 policeman, 5 of the 8 people involved, & the remaining 9 people didn't last. As a result, 6 months after Munich, German officials created the Bundesgrenzschutz, which means Federal Border Guard Service. In 2005, they were renamed Bundespolizei, or Federal Police. GSG-9 is an elite unit drawn from the Federal Police. Interestingly, candidates came from a regular police force, rather than military because German law forbids the use of the military against civilians. Furthermore, the group is very active in developing & testing methods & tactics for these missions. Experts estimate that since their inception in 1973, the GSG-9 have completed more than 1,500 missions.
4. Alpha Group, Russia
Alpha Group, also known as Spetsgruppa “A”, is a special unit within the Center for Special Operations of the Russian FSB. For those who don’t know, the FSB is the successor of the Soviet KGB. Alphas are the most famous special force in Russia. They guard the Russian state and ensure its security, and are the most powerful unit in the country. The general public, aka pretty much all of us, know very little about their work and once they leave the service, they are reluctant to give interviews or talk about their work in the special forces. Probably with good reason...Candidates for Alpha Group are between 22 and 27 years old, must have a university education, must be mentally and physically healthy, and possess high moral qualities. Testing candidates takes more than a year. If they pass, they go through three years of training. They must excel at infantry training, parachuting, diving, sniper operations, practical shooting, martial arts, and even foreign languages. Once done with training, operatives are organized into
3. National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, France
The GIGN, or the National Gendarmiere Intervention Group, was the French answer to the lack of special forces units across Europe. US Navy SEALs, Rangers, and SWAT teams regularly cross train with the GIGN. In fact, GIGN probably has the toughest training program in the world with a washout rate of 95%. On the first day of training, candidates must bungee jump from a bridge and swim through a tunnel with hands feet bound. If you make it through your first day, then training takes ten months.
2. Delta Force, USA
"Delta Force," officially known as First Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), is one of many U.S. special missions units primarily focused on counter-terrorism. SFOD-Delta’s name has changed several times over the years. Colloquially, it is known as Delta Force but, recently, it was renamed the Combat Applications Group (CAG) and is now officially known as Army Compartmented Elements (ACE). Delta Force currently receives its recruits from all over the the Army and there are no civilian-to-Delta enlistment programs.
1. Special Air Service, UK
In 1941, David Stirling created the Special Air Service as a desert raiding force. The SAS carried out missions and wreaked havoc along supply lines. However, despite their success, the SAS was disbanded in 1946, only to be revived the following year.